WEB EXCLUSIVE: MCDONALD
Curry looks like Raiders' best receiver _ again
By Jerry McDonald
Article Launched: 07/28/2008 11:15:28 AM PDT
NAPA _ Another training camp, another search for a No. 1 receiver. It is becoming an annual event as July turns to August on the fields behind the Napa Marriott, as predictable as the running of the Wine Train on the tracks alongside Highway 29.
It never happened in Oakland for Jerry Porter, whether it was his Cold War with Art Shell, an ill-timed injury or his own inability to step up and make the most of what seemed to be a top-drawer skill set.
Randy Moss, revered in New England, was reviled in Oakland for his disinterest in contributing to what he believed was a lost cause.
The latest candidate to put up Tim Brown-Jerry Rice numbers is Javon Walker, who is bringing in more baggage than Moss, if that's possible. Walker departed Green Bay and Denver on bad terms, and conceded there is a perception that he leaves teams when unhappy.
He also said it is his right as an American to do just that.
The guess here is when it comes to third-and-8 and JaMarcus Russell drops back to pass, he won't be any different than Kerry Collins, Aaron Brooks, Andrew Walter, Josh McCown or Daunte Culpepper in one regard.
He will look for Ronald Curry and keep the chains moving.
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Raiders' Curry bulks up, improves
By Steve Corkran
Article Launched: 07/28/2008 07:49:10 PM PDT
NAPA — Longtime Raiders wide receiver Jerry Porter is long gone. He now plies his trade for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He is destined to be remembered for his eight years here as a promising player who never quite fulfilled the potential the Raiders envisioned. However, his biggest contribution to the Raiders might not be realized until this season and beyond.
Porter's incessant ribbing of fellow receiver Ronald Curry about his body make-up played a huge part in Curry dedicating himself to the weight room this offseason and transforming his body into sculpted sinew.
"It started out as a joke, and it became one of those things where toward the end of the season Kiff came to me and said, 'We would really like for you to hit the weights hard this offseason,' " Curry said of a conversation he had with coach Lane Kiffin. "So I did."
Curry spent every day in the weight room for five months, pushed by the likes of safety Jarrod Cooper and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.
Before long, Curry's weight jumped from 212 pounds to 218 because of the added muscle. Today, he is at 204 and primed to improve upon his team-leading totals of 55 receptions and 717 yards last season.
Curry, 29, posted those numbers despite playing the entire season with a painful bone spur in his left foot. Offseason surgery corrected the problem.
Once again, Curry enters the season with a veteran opposite him garnering most of the attention.
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