One of the most overlooked players in Las Vegas Raiders’ history was a quarterback-turned-wide receiver, Ronald Curry.
After their Super Bowl XXXVII loss, the 2000s were anything but kind to the Raiders. Fans should remember this period as the “Dark Ages” for the Silver Black due to terrible team mismanagement at all levels. Yet, one of the few bright spots on those dreadful teams was Curry. Originally a quarterback in the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft, Curry would go on to become arguably the Raiders’ most reliable receiver during that stretch.
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Originally poised to be a basketball player, Curry was a reliable option on offenses that were a victim of the quarterback carousel post-Rich Gannon. Even though Curry never individually cracked the 1,000-yard barrier, he did have three great years. Those productive seasons were 2004 and then 2006-07. In that span, he totaled 679, 727, and 717 receiving yards, respectively. His playing days amounted to 13 touchdowns, 123 first down receptions, and 2,347 receiving yards in total. He wasn’t the flashiest receiver, but he was reliable. Curry’s catch percentage of 61.1 is indicative of this.
One of Curry’s most memorable moments came in 2004 versus the hated Denver Broncos. He was on the receiving end of a Kerry Collins pass in the end zone with one hand no less. That catch helped Curry secure a spot in Raiders’ lore. Much like Justin Fargas, Curry will forever be overlooked due to the team circumstances that shaped his playing days.
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