Randy Moss will not be the only receiver playing against a team that bypassed him in the draft.
In San Francisco, second-year receiver Michael Crabtree is anticipating the visit of the 49ers’ Bay Area rival Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
In one of the biggest stories of the 2009 draft, Oakland bypassed Crabtree in favor of the much-lesser known Darrius Heyward-Bey with the No. 7 overall pick. The 49ers nabbed Crabtree three picks later.
Crabtree was, by far, considered the best overall receiver in the draft. Heyward-Bey was considered a late first-round or a second-round talent. But he was a speed demon and the Raiders fell in love with him.
Crabtree told the San Francisco Chronicle that the snub has stuck with him.
"I'm focused on winning the game. But at the same time, I'm thinking about the Raiders,” Crabtree said. "Anytime someone gets picked ahead of you, you think about it."
Crabtree has been much more productive than Heyward-Bey in the NFL. Crabtree has 68 catches for 869 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games. He missed five games at the beginning of last season while holding out. He had nine catches for 105 yards last week against Philadelphia.
Heyward-Bey has also played 16 NFL games after missing time because of an injury. He has 20 catches for 266 yards and one touchdown. Last week marked the sixth time that Heyward-Bey had a game without a catch.
It will be interesting to see how they stack up while being on the same field Sunday. It is clear Crabtree is motivated to have a big game against the team that snubbed him.