When asked if Darrius Heyward-Bey would have his first 1,000-yard season in 2012, Raiders beat writer Steve Corkran said, "Yes, I fully expect that to occur."
Considering Heyward-Bey gained 975 yards in 15 games in 2011, it's not much of a stretch to predict a 1,000-yard season, but it's important that DHB's role as the teams WR1 or WR2 is established early on. His snaps were erratic in 2011 but he was productive in his targets averaging 1.08 Fantasy Points / Target, which ranked #53 out of the 119 WRs who saw at least 30 targets in 2011. That's not too bad considering all the changes the Raiders saw at QB. With a full offseason to work with Carson Palmer, DHB's production should increase.