Curry emerging as Raiders top receiver

Remember the catch Ronald Curry made against Denver in the snow three years ago? The Raiders wide receiver didn't duplicate that feat but came close during practice Sunday and is looking more and more like he'll be the team's No. 1 receiver.

During a full team scrimmage, Curry lined up opposite cornerback Fabian Washington then cut to his left. When the throw from quarterback Josh McCown missed its mark, Curry got a hand on the ball, tipped it in the air, then grabbed it while getting his feet down just inside the back of the end zone.

"We have challenged him to go to level of great consistency," Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said. "He should be out here and the quarterbacks should be able to put a blindfold on and throw to him. That's how consistent he needs to be to be a great player for us, and he's responded well. I can't say enough good things about him."

Curry's catch was the highlight on an otherwise cold, blustery day in Napa. A day after the hottest practice of camp, the Raiders scampered off the field after practice to get out of the cold.

The weather did nothing to cool off Warren Sapp, however. Sapp and offensive lineman Jesse Boone got into a scuffle, with Sapp throwing a few uppercuts during the melee. After practice, Sapp had to be restrained by teammates and coaches from going after Boone again.

* A day after telling reporters to not write about a dropped pass he had during Saturday's scrimmage, wide receiver Mike Williams dropped a catchable pass during a team drill.

* Quarterback Daunte Culpepper is looking more comfortable with the offense but has yet to display his mobility. While Josh McCown doesn't hesitate to scamper downfield when the protection breaks down, Culpepper has remained in the pocket for the most part. Part of that is because he has a quicker release than McCown and can get rid of the ball faster. Still, until he proves he can escape a pass rush on a consistent basis, there will be questions about his knee.

* Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha made a nice play to intercept a pass from McCown, though the throw was high and nowhere near the intended receiver.

* Oakland signed kicker Tyler Fredrickson to give Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler breaks from time to time. Fredrickson attempted two field goals in practice Sunday but made only one.

* Quarterback Andrew Walter was particularly frustrated during one drill when he was unable to get a throw off due to the defensive pressure. Walter dropped the ball to the ground and walked away, his body language telling the story as his shoulders sagged. Wide receiver Jerry Porter gave Walter an encouraging pat on the back then later made it a point to seek out the quarterback. The two men spoke briefly and it was clear Porter was trying to keep the quarterback's confidence from waning any more than it already has.


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