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Raiders move on to post-Moss era

May 5th, 2007 11:57 pm by Associated Press



ALAMEDA, Calif. - The poster-sized picture of Randy Moss making a leaping catch was taken down from the Oakland Raiders' facility within hours of his trade to New England.


Seventh-round pick Johnathan Holland and undrafted free agent Marquise Cole each are wearing Moss' old uniform number, yet generating much less attention than the old No. 18. The brief but unproductive Randy Moss era in Oakland is officially over.


"It seemed a little odd at the time but a number is a number," Holland said. "I am not going to dwell on it. It's his old number and it's my number now so you just have to roll with the punches and deal with it."


Dealing with life without Moss is not so difficult considering the Raiders didn't have much of Moss last season anyway. He complained the situation around the team was "fishy" before the opener was even played and used his radio show to criticize the team and suggest he'd be better off getting traded.


He ended the season with career lows with 42 catches for 553 yards and three touchdowns - blaming the poor production in part on his own unhappiness.


The Randy Moss that left Oakland last week for New England in a trade for a fourth-round draft pick was a lot different than the big-play receiver who arrived with a police escort two years ago.


"I've always thought that he was a great player and the stuff that he brought to the table way outweighed anything that you'll get a little externally," defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. "But I guess somebody upstairs said it didn't. So those are the decisions that are made around here. I don't have to agree with them. I just have to go play."


The deal leaves 28-year-old Jerry Porter as the veteran leader of the receiving crew. Porter had only one catch last year when his playing time was limited because of injuries and a feud with the coaching staff. But he is much happier this season under new coach Lane Kiffin.


After spending nearly all his career behind more prominent receivers like Jerry Rice, Tim Brown and Moss, Porter is being counted on to step up this season.


The Raiders' other returning receivers include Alvis Whitted, who started 15 games but did not score a touchdown last season; last year's leading receiver Ronald Curry and Doug Gabriel.


Curry, who had 62 catches for 727 yards and one touchdown last year, said Moss' absence won't change how any of the other receivers approach their jobs.


"I feel like we still have one of the better receiving corps in the league," Curry said.


Oakland also brought in former first-round pick Mike Williams, who struggled in two seasons with Detroit but hopes to recover under his former college assistant, Kiffin.


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