Raiders plan to get Porter involved

If the Raiders want to get their passing game going, they're going to have to find a way to get Jerry Porter more involved in the offense.

The veteran wide receiver is tied for the team lead in touchdowns but has caught just 11 passes in six games. More significantly, Porter hasn't had a pass even thrown in his direction in the first half during four of Oakland's first six games, a stunning stat for a player averaging 21.0 yards a catch with three touchdowns.

"There's nothing by design why that happened," Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said Thursday. "It just happens to be certain things, whether there's been balls thrown to him or balls been tipped or a bad throw or D makes a play on the ball. It's nothing by design. Jerry's playing real well for us. He‘s making a number of explosive plays for us over the season."

Yet for all his explosiveness, Porter has yet to become the significant factor in the offense that many expected him to once Randy Moss was traded to New England. Instead, while Moss is flourishing with the Patriots, Porter and the Raiders have been struggling.

Oakland heads into Sunday's game in Tennessee ranked 29th in passing, averaging only 171.8 yards a game.

Porter's numbers seemed to pick up once Daunte Culpepper took over at quarterback, but so far he has remained an afterthought for the most part.

"They seemed to have something going between them," Kiffin said. "We'll look for more ways to get Jerry the ball. I'd anticipate his catches going up."

This would appear to be the week to do it. Tennessee owns the league's No. 1 rush defense but is only 24th against the pass.


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