Thursday, May 6, 2010
How I See It: AFC West Stock Watch
By Bill Williamson
Darrius Heyward-Bey, receiver, Oakland: Prior to the draft, Oakland coach Tom Cable -- who is known for his unbridled enthusiasm -- told reporters that they’d be amazed to see the progress made by Heyward-Bey, the surprise No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 draft. He said Heyward-Bey had made great strides from a disappointing rookie season. However, Heyward-Bey didn’t appear to make huge strides in Oakland’s minicamp. He was improved, but he still had several drops. His hands are his biggest issue and it seems he has not fixed that problem. It’s obviously early and Heyward-Bey has plenty of time to make strides in 2010. But it doesn’t seem like he's quite ready to take the next step.
Tony Moeaki, tight end, Kansas City: The rookie tight end stood out at the team’s rookie minicamp over the weekend. The third-round pick from Iowa has strong pass-catching ability. He reportedly stretched the field well during the camp. That is an aspect of the offense that was missing last season. Kansas City coach Todd Haley has a history of not using the tight end much. However, the fact that Moeaki was taken fairly high in the draft may mean the Chiefs are open to using the tight end more in the passing game. Again it’s early, but it appears Moeaki has a chance to add a dimension to Kansas City’s offense.