He believes the relative stability in Indianapolis will help. But he’s not going to forget entirely about his past.
“I’ve been in, I think this will be my fifth offense,” Heyward-Bey said. “So you just go through it. The way I learn stuff, I just add things from what I learned in the past and make it my own.”
The wide receiver proved his commitment to this season by making time to work out with Luck and teammate Griff Whalen in California during the brief offseason.
The extra work added another layer of timing and familiarity with his quarterback. And it helped him to learn a few things about his new teammate as well.
“Other than him being goofy?,” Heyward-Bey said when asked about his revelations. “No, he’s just like any other quarterback. He demands attention in the huddle. He’s very confident in what he does. He expects everybody to be on the same page.”
DHB appears willing to sacrifice personal gain if it means he finally will be able to experience the playoffs.
Oakland built its reputation during the 1970s with a “Commitment to Excellence,” but little evidence of those days remains with the franchise. The team never finished with a record better than 8-8 during Heyward-Bey’s four seasons, and he’s looking for that to change in Indianapolis.
When he signed with the Colts in the spring, he said his heart told him he was making the right decision. So far, he’s seen no evidence to doubt that belief.
“Just the way they do their business around here,” Heyward-Bey said. “It’s all about making sure everybody’s comfortable, making sure all the players are taken care of, and winning. To go from 2-14 to 11 wins in one season, that’s amazing. And that starts from the bottom. It starts from the owner all the way down to the equipment guys.”