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Oakland Raiders Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30


Oakland Raiders Notes, Quotes 2008-10-30
--Deposed starting wide receiver Ronald Curry, the Raiders' leading receiver for the past two seasons with 117 receptions, feels he is being made a scapegoat for a poor passing game.


Curry is the only offensive starter to lose his job due to performance, with rookie Chaz Schilens stepping in for the last two weeks. Free safety Michael Huff lost his starting job to Hiram Eugene on defense, but while Huff said the demotion was merited, Curry isn't so sure and is ready to pack his bags.

"It's a tough pill to swallow, especially when you go from that to not playing at all," Curry said. "The picture is pretty clear. My mindset is to go out there, work hard, and put film out there for other teams. If I get another opportunity, I feel like my past kind of speaks for itself and I've shown that I can make plays and hopefully my talent will be wanted somewhere else."

--Quarterback JaMarcus Russell conceded to being a little more sore than usual after taking a serious beating against Baltimore, but is determined not to let it show. He figures he's a big enough man, literally and figuratively, to take it.

"I get right back up and kind of slap them on the butt to let them know I'm going to be there all game," Russell said. "That's kind of the thing with me. You get a good lick on me, I'm going to get back up. It's not going to occur to me why I can't. I'm going to try my best to get back up and show my guys what I've got inside of me."

--With the Raiders playing a virtual rookie at quarterback in Russell (he didn't sign until Week 2 last year and played sparingly), Cable has cast an admiring glance at how the Falcons are playing with rookie No. 3 overall draft pick Matt Ryan.

Ryan has the Falcons with a 4-3 record, and like Russell, is avoiding interceptions and big mistakes. Ryan has thrown 205 passes with five interceptions, Russell 197 passes with three interceptions.

"They really are controlling what he's doing. They're doing it right," Cable said. "They're giving it to him as he can handle it. I think the most impressive thing I've seen about him is his poise and ability to throw on the run.

"They're not giving him too much, too early, and he's doing well with it."

--Cornerback DeAngelo Hall insists he's got nothing to prove against his former team and conceded he talks to a couple of guys. He feels like he never left the division with the Raiders playing against the NFC South this season.

"I know these teams as well as these guys know the opponents in their division," Hall said. "(Atlanta) is playing good football, they're protecting the quarterback and I always said they'd be good if they could protect the young guy. Smitty (Mike Smith) is a hell of a coach; we knew that coming in. They execute. He's got those guys fired up and ready to play."

Smith who took over this season as the Falcons tried to put the Bobby Petrino episode behind them, said Hall's departure was no slam dunk.

"I think DeAngelo Hall is an outstanding defensive back. I had a number of conversations with DeAngelo when we got here and was very impressed with his work ethic," Smith said. "He's a very talented guy, it's just in a situation where we went in a different direction and I think it's worked out well for both teams."

BY THE NUMBERS: 43 -- Receptions by the Raiders entire corps of wide receivers, the same number of catches as Atlanta's leading receiver, Roddy White.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "That has nothing to do with me. It really doesn't. I wish I could have (signed on time), but that's over with, we're on to another start. I'm happy for him. I'm happy he's doing great. I wish the best for him." -- QB JaMarcus Russell, on the head start Atlanta's Matt Ryan is receiving as a rookie because he signed quickly and got to training camp on time.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 30, 2008

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JaMarcus Russell Name: JaMarcus Russell
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