Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has not caught a pass since he had five receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks on Halloween.
Quarterback Jason Campbell targeted Heyward-Bey five times in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 7, though none were caught. After Heyward-Bey sat out the Nov. 21 game with Pittsburgh with a hamstring injury, he saw no pass attempts go his way out of the 48 that Bruce Gradkowski and Campbell combined for in the past two games.
"There's going to come a point in the season, in these next four games, where it's going to come down to receivers making plays," Heyward-Bey said. "We understand that.
"So, as long as we keep doing our job and we keep running our routes with speed, and doing what we have to do, the ball is going to come our way, and we just got to be ready for it."
Heyward-Bey said he takes pride in helping out in other ways that might not show up in the stats.
For instance, he freed up fellow receiver Jacoby Ford by setting a pick on the cornerback covering Ford, which resulted in a 4-yard touchdown against the San Diego Chargers last Sunday.
"Certainly, I'd like him to get (more) balls, but there hadn't been a lot of opportunities that way," Raiders coach Tom Cable said. "The thing that I'm probably most impressed about Darrius is, he's doing everything else. He is maybe our best blocking receiver right now, and has been. He's doing a lot of dirty work."
Heyward-Bey also delivered some key blocks in the run game against the Chargers. That helped the Raiders pile up 251 yards rushing. He also drew a defensive holding call on a third-down play that turned a punting situation into a Raiders first down midway through the fourth quarter.
That kept alive a drive that yielded a game-clinching touchdown in the Raiders' 28-13 victory over the Chargers.
"Our job is to catch the ball, but it's great to help your team win," Heyward-Bey said. "When you know you had a part, everybody might not see it, but your teammates know it, the coaches know it, our owner knows it. He knows that you put in 110 percent to this team winning the big games."