Heyward-Bey falls behind Crabtree already

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Darrius Heyward-Bey will always be compared to Michael Crabtree.

Fair or not, that’s the way it is. That didn’t figure to be the case leading up to the draft. Crabtree was the near-consensus choice as the top receiver in the draft, while Heyward-Bey was considered an intriguing prospect projected to be selected late in the first round.

That, of course, all changed when the Raiders stunned the NFL by taking Heyward-Bey, a speedster from Maryland, with the No. 7 overall pick, bypassing Crabtree. The Texas Tech product went three picks later -- to Oakland’s Bay Area rival San Francisco.

Their first comparison was delayed until Sunday because of Crabtree's prolonged contract holdout. One of the reasons he held out was because he wanted more money than Heyward-Bey. Heyward-Bey received $23 million in guaranteed money, while Crabtree received $17 million in guaranteed money.

Heyward-Bey had his first multiple catch game Sunday. However, he was still overshadowed by Crabtree, who now has more catches in his NFL career than Heyward-Bey after one game.

Here’s a look at the two players’ seasons thus far:


NFL Starts: 7

Catches: 4

Yards: 64

TDs: 0


NFL Starts: 1

Catches: 5

Yards: 56

TDs: 0