AFC West hot seat

We’re putting Oakland rookie receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on the hot seat.



It’s this simple: The guy has to improve. He has started nine NFL games. Not only is Heyward-Bey, taken with the No. 7 overall pick, is not helping Oakland win, but he is starting to cost Oakland games.

Heyward-Bey had two major drops Sunday. The first was at the Kansas City 2-yard line on a perfect pass from JaMarcus Russell before he was benched. The second was in the final moments of the game that turned into an interception and a 16-10 Kansas City win.

Heyward-Bey drops have been well documented. The Raiders have to stick with the speedy receiver. But he has to pay back the team by finding a way to keep his hands on the ball.