ALAMEDA -- Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore, coming off his least productive performance this season, said it isn't all quarterback Carson Palmer's fault that the two have had trouble connecting.

"All the blame is not on him," Moore said Wednesday. "Lately there's been times where I was wide open and dropped a couple of passes, and times where I didn't get off a release or my timing was off."

Moore leads Raiders wide receivers with 35 receptions for 584 yards and five touchdowns but had just one catch for 9 yards against New Orleans on Sunday.

In recent games, some Palmer-to-Moore passes have been way off the mark, with the quarterback expecting one thing but getting another.

Palmer said Monday the problem was his and that, as a veteran player, he needed to sort out the problem and learn what Moore was thinking.

Moore said the relationship between quarterback and receiver still is developing.

"It's like having twins out there," Moore said. "You have to know what the other person is feeling or doing, just that mindset."

Coach Dennis Allen said the responsibility rests with more than just Palmer and Moore.

"All of us need to look internally at what we need to do to make this thing work," Allen said. "There's a growing-up process, and Denarius is still continuing to grow, and he's continuing to get better."

Moore was limited in practice with a tight hamstring, an injury that neither he nor Allen considered serious.


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  • Offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom found it amusing that officials announced him as an "eligible receiver" every time he lined up as a tight end for blocking purposes.

    "Don't read too much into that," Bergstrom said. "I know I'm eligible, but that's like saying a really ugly guy is an eligible bachelor. It doesn't mean a whole lot."

    Bergstrom, a third-round pick out of Utah, thought he did an "adequate" job in his most extensive playing time but lamented a holding penalty he said could have been avoided.

  • After patiently awaiting the arrival of linebacker Aaron Curry from the physically-unable-to-perform list, Allen had a succinct response when asked why he was waived Tuesday.

    "We just didn't feel he was a fit for us moving forward," Allen said.

    Allen said the open roster spot probably will be filled by a practice squad player.

  • Talking to Cincinnati media, Bengals assistant and former Raiders coach Hue Jackson dodged questions about whether he was a candidate for the vacant Cal head-coaching job.

    "What I'm trying to do is we're worried about the Oakland Raiders, and that's where I am right now," said Jackson, referring to the Bengals-Raiders matchup Sunday. "Try to take it just one step at a time. Whatever the future holds, it holds. I can't worry about it at this point."

  • Strong safety Tyvon Branch (neck) was limited in practice after missing the New Orleans game.

    Running backs Darren McFadden (ankle), Mike Goodson (ankle) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) did not participate.

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