Moss had 15 passes thrown his way during Oakland's season-opening 30-20 loss
to New England and caught five of them for 130 yards and a touchdown. The
Raiders other three wideouts in the game had just five receptions combined, none
from Ronald Curry.
Collins said Wednesday he needs to be more diverse with his passes if the Raiders' offense is to be successful this week against a Chiefs defense that surprised the rest of the NFL in Week 1 with a solid, near-shutout effort against the New York Jets.
''Obviously, the kind of playmaker (Moss) is, there is a natural temptation to give him as many shots as you can during the course of a game,'' said Collins, who was 18-for-40 with 265 yards and three touchdowns against the Patriots. ''We got behind the other day in New England and I may have threw some balls to him that may have been better off going down to the back.
''That all will work itself out. I am not worried about that. We got Jerry Porter back and got him involved. We'll get Ronald Curry going and (Alvis Whitted) and those guys. While we will have our plays for Randy, we will have a good balance of where we want to go with the ball.''
The Raiders spent all offseason telling anyone who would listen that while Moss would be the focal point of the passing game, the other receivers would benefit from having single coverages and thus would be prime targets for Collins.
Against New England, though, Collins locked in on Moss from the onset. Porter -- who was playing for the first time since injuring a hamstring on Aug. 1 -- caught just three passes for 48 yards while Curry, the team's second-leading receiver in 2004, didn't register a single catch and had only one ball thrown his way the entire night.
Collins has vowed to spread the ball around more but Chiefs' coach Dick Vermeil knows stopping Moss remains priority No. 1 for Kansas City's defense.
''There's nobody any better at doing what he does,'' Vermeil said. ''You'd like to believe that your entire scheme can help you. I don't think anyone is going to stop him. I know what Kerry Collins can do with the ball down field and I know what Moss can do down field but those other guys they have there aren't too bad. I'd like to have a couple of those guys who don't get the same billing that Moss gets because they are talented, young athletes and they're very well-coached.''
NOTES: The Raiders brought in 14 players for workouts Monday and wound up
signing defensive back Hiram Eugene to the practice squad. Linebacker Erik
Bickerstaff was released to make room for Eugene, who attended Louisiana Tech.
The other players who worked out for Oakland were offensive linemen Anthony Clement, Enoch DeMar, William Obeng, Tyson Walter and Brandon Winey, defensive linemen Dorsett Davis, Tyler King and Anton Palepoi, linebackers Jim Maxwell, Terry Pierce and Jashon Sykes, along with defensive backs Ray Green and Art Thomas.