DHB sighting. Heyward-Bey scored on an 85 yard TD pass during a joint practice with the Bills. It's telling that in crowded WR field DHB has been a non factor most of camp. (Source: Will Graves via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Heyward-Bey may be on the roster bubble. The concussion he suffered early in camp along with the mandatory time off probably contributed greatly to him being virtually invisible. With an ECR ranking among WRs of 147, Heyward-Bey should not be a consideration on draft day.
Only 4 Steelers not dressed: LB Ryan Shazier (knee), TE Michael Palmer (groin), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and NT Steve McLendon (concussions). (Source: Alan Robinson via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion early in training camp and has only begun to practice in limited fashion Aug 6. The Steelers have a standing rule about players not practicing during the week generally do not play in the weekend's game. Look for Heyward-Bey to return to practice next week and try to improve his initial depth chart position for the WR1 slot behind Antonio Brown and Justin Brown.
Darrius Heyward-Bey returned in a limited capacity today. Did drills and some individuals. (Source: Mark Kaboly via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Heyward-Bey is pretty far down in the pecking order. Whether he is that far behind is due to his limited playing time due to the concussion or the other WRs are playing that well is yet to be determined. According to the initial depth chart released last week, he is third for the WR1 slot behind Antonio Brown and Justin Brown. With an Expert's Consensus Ranking of 113, he will need to prove himself and improve quickly or face the possibility of not making the final 53 man roster.
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey missed his second consecutive practice after sustaining a concussion last Thursday. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Players come back from concussions all of the time. Heyward-Bey, however, is locked in a duel for the WR3 spot with Martavus Bryant and Lance Moore and can ill afford to miss time in training camp. Heyward-Bey needs to impress, but so far the rookie Bryant is lighting it up in the red zone. Heyward-Bey needs to hope he can pass the concussion protocols soon.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Saturday that Dri Archer immediately was dipped onto the field as the slot man in four-receiver sets, drawing an extra linebacker over to blanket the 5-foot-8 jitterbug with the combine's top 40 time of 4.26. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: It is not apparent how Heyward-Bey will fit into the Steelers plans this season. If we pencil Brown in as the WR1, Wheaton as the WR2 and Moore as the WR3, that leaves WR4 for Heyward-Bey. However, if Archer is stealing those looks from Heyward-Bey in training camp, can there be any room for him? This will need to unfold during training camp, but early indications are not good for much production from Heyward-Bey.