ALAMEDA -- The pass from quarterback Matt Flynn arrived in a spiral, 30 yards downfield. Rod Streater, tightly guarded along the right sideline, caught the pass at the top of his jump, coming down inside the 5-yard line.
Moments earlier, Terrelle Pryor unleased a pass that went 60 yards in the air to second-year player Andre Holmes for a touchdown.
The Raiders came to pass Wednesday on Day 2 of their mandatory minicamp, showing much-needed improvement after a desultory showing through the air the previous day.
"We had a bad taste in our mouth after yesterday's practice and went over little things, timing, stuff like that," Streater said. "We still had couple of drops and missed alignments, but it was way better than yesterday."
One of the more intriguing storylines when the Raiders convene for training camp in Napa on July 25 will be to see which receivers emerge as consistent targets in the passing game.
For all the roster movement in the offseason, the Raiders made no move to sign a veteran wide receiver, holding pat with Denarius Moore, Streater, second-year player Juron Criner and hoping for a healthy Jacoby Ford.
Josh Cribbs can play wide receiver but was signed mostly for his skill as a return specialist. Brice Butler (San Diego State) was added in the seventh round of the draft, and undrafted free agents Conner Vernon (Duke) and Sam McGuffie (Rice) hope to follow a trail similar to the one blazed by Streater a year ago.
Given that leading receiver Brandon Myers signed with the New York Giants and the tight end position could be a committee arrangement, production from the wide receivers will be crucial.
"We need somebody to step up and really separate themselves," coach Dennis Allen said. "But I like our receivers. I like the young talent we have. I like what we did today. We just need some of these young guys to step up for us this year."
Moore was Oakland's most productive wide receiver last season with 51 catches for 744 yards and five touchdowns. He had a number of dropped balls, however, and went through spells where he and quarterback Carson Palmer were barely in the same area code, let alone the same page.
"I really don't know how to explain it," Moore said. "I'm kind of hurt about it, so this year I'm going to make it a whole lot better than last year."
Streater, undrafted out of Temple, had 39 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns and is currently lining up as the starter opposite Moore, replacing the departed Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Criner, a fourth-round pick out of Arizona a year ago, caught 16 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown in 12 games. He battled an ankle injury early in the season and seemed to fall behind before finishing well.
Allen believes players generally make the most progress between their first and second seasons, learning how to practice and train like an NFL player, and Criner agrees.
"I had a chance to go through a year of it, so I know what things to expect, how to study, what it takes to be a professional," he said. "Seeing some of the older guys do it for a whole year, I definitely feel more comfortable."
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