A consistent threat

Ronald Curry may have assumed the role of go-to receiver by default.

With Randy Moss questionable after sustaining a sprained ankle in the second quarter of a 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Curry immediately went to fulltime status and gave the Raiders their most consistent receiving threat in weeks.

Curry, who normally operates only in three-receiver sets, had not caught a pass when Moss departed with 14:08 left in the second quarter.

By game's end, Curry caught eight passes for 99 yards and one touchdown, a five-yard toss in the fourth quarter from Aaron Brooks.

It was the most receptions by an Oakland receiver this season, one more than Moss has caught in 28 games as a Raider.

It was the first time a Raider receiver caught eight passes since Jerry Porter had eight for 148 yards on Dec. 19, 2004 against the Tennessee Titans.

The last time an Oakland receiver caught more than eight passes was Dec. 5, 2004 -- a 32-game span. That receiver was Curry, who had career highs with nine receptions and 141 yards before leaving with a torn left Achilles' tendon.

In the two years since, Curry came back in 2005 and tore the same Achilles' against the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders held him out through most of training camp, and have steadfastly refused to make him a starter despite consistent production with limited snaps.

With 37 receptions for 487 yards, Curry is second only to Moss (42 receptions, 552 yards) despite playing as a reserve. He has 26 first downs, only three less than Moss.

On third down, Curry has 29 receptions for 290 yards, Moss has 13 for 192 and Alvis Whitted eight for 108.

Whitted, who starts opposite Moss, has 27 receptions for 299 yards and no touchdowns. Curry doesn't want to get caught up in whether he starts or not. He's happy to be playing again, considering the severity of his injuries.

"My main goal this year was to come out and show everybody I was back," Curry said. "Getting into the end zone was big. You pride yourself on what you go out and contribute to the team, at least I do. But it was good to get into that end zone, and even though we lost the game, I can take something away from it as far as a stepping stone from getting back from my injury."


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