Curry eyes another big game

Recievers have come and gone but Ronald Curry seems to find a rhythm with whatever Raiders quarterback is under center.

The Raiders underwent a complete offensive reconstruction in the offseason, with the only constant positive the performance of wide receiver Ronald Curry.

Curry, in his sixth year out of North Carolina, led the Raiders with 10 receptions for 133 yards and had a 4-yard touchdown reception from Josh McCown in a 36-21 season-opening loss to the Detroit Lions.

McCown quickly discovered what Aaron Brooks learned last year and Kerry Collins before that -- Curry is the best available option to keep drives alive.

Curry's touchdown was the first for the Raiders in 2:33 minutes and 42 seconds of clock time, having scored on a 5-yard pass from Brooks last Dec. 10, 2006, in a 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Raiders did not score a touchdown in their final three losses.

That game marked Curry's return to fulltime duty, as Randy Moss went down with an ankle injury that kept him out the rest of the year. Before then, Curry had been utilized as a third receiver by coach Art Shell, in part to make sure he continued his recovery from torn Achilles' tears which sidelined him in 2005 and 2005.

Since Moss left at halftime of the Bengals game, Curry has 43 receptions for 472 yards and two touchdowns in 18 quarters.

He feels much better about the direction of the offense under Kiffin and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.

"I felt good coming into the game, I feel good now," Curry said. "I think coach Kiffin likes what I bring to the table and knows how to utilize it. As long as I stay healthy and continue to work it will be a great year for me."

Raiders coach Lane Kiffin was not concerned about Curry getting the bulk of the receiving work.

"I'm not worried about sharing workloads, I'm worried about getting the ball to the guy because the coverage they play dictates it," Kiffin said. "When they took something away and the play was supposed to go to Ronald, it went to Ronald. It happened to be a game that was Ronald's game in that sense. And the next one it could be Jerry (Porter), Zach (Miller) or whoever."


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