Raiders rookie receiver begins lessons

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Heyward-Bey began his indoctrination into the NFL on Friday at the first day of Oakland's mandatory mini-camp, showing signs of the big-play ability that attracted the Raiders, and the inexperience he has to overcome after leaving college a year early. Take that play against Asomugha. Heyward-Bey tipped off the route with his eyes, a mistake that might not have been an issue against college cornerbacks but is a big mistake against the more experienced competition in the NFL. "There's some easy giveaways right now. I'll talk to him about that stuff," Asomugha said. "I saw his eyes. He can't give it away with his eyes, but this was his first practice. I wasn't watching him so I don't know how well he did. But he has speed and speed is always a threat."
Heyward-Bey didn't get to show off the blazing speed that made him the fastest player at the NFL combine and helped contribute to the Raiders' much-questioned decision to pick him seventh ahead of more heralded receivers Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin.

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