Raider receivers struggling

Oakland's wide receivers haven't had a very productive season thus far and interim head coach Tom Cable says there's only one way to remedy the problem.

"Catch the football," Cable said Monday before repeating himself. "Catch the football."

Sounds simple enough but for the Raiders it's been a consistent obstacle this year. Cable said he counted eight drops in Sunday's 34-3 loss to New Orleans, a majority of them coming from the wide receivers.

Ronald Curry and Javon Walker had one apiece against the Saints and combined for only four catches for 39 yards. Both have seriously struggled this season. Curry has six catches for 61 yards and one touchdown while Walker, who signed the mega-million deal that included an $11 million signing bonus with the Raiders in the offseason, has five catches for 59 yards.

Oakland's leading receiver this season has been tight end Zach Miller who has 14 receptions for 199 yards and one touchdown. Backup running back Michael Bush is second with nine catches while fullback Justin Griffith is third with eight and rookie running back Darren McFadden is fourth with seven.

The most productive wide receivers have been little-used Johnnie Lee Higgins and Ashley Lelie, who didn't join the team until just before the start of the regular season after being cut by San Francisco. Cable hinted Monday that fans may be seeing changes soon.

"I think you are," Cable said. "Specifically who and all that, I don't know that I'm ready to speak on that yet. But I do know this: We've got to catch the ball when it's thrown to us and we've got to run the right routes that we're supposed to and be where we need to be on time. That's all got to happen in 2.8 seconds. We're not there yet. We're taking about 3.5 seconds."


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