The specter of dropped passes re-emerged early on in training camp, but Heyward-Bey quickly righted the ship. He finished work at Anderson University on a good note and has carried that momentum into the exhibition games.
Though new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has yet to unleash him on a deep route, DHB has proven to be effective on screens and intermediate passes. He's shown the toughness to fight for extra yards and even carried the ball once for 6 yards on an end-around.
There's a lot of work yet to be done before the reclamation process can be declared a success. But nobody's arguing with the early returns.
"I think his comfort level, obviously, with the quarterback and the offense and terminology helps, and then his confidence is skyrocketing," head coach Chuck Pagano said. "So it's great to see him making the progress that he is. He's got to be a big-time player for us this year."