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Raiders desperately need a receiver

Posted by ESPN.com' s Bill Williamson

The Oakland Raiders need to find another veteran receiver. It is as simple as that.

We've been monitoring the team's unsettled position at receiver all summer but Oakland's need for a receiver hit a zenith Saturday night when free agent pickup Drew Carter suffered a season-ending knee injury. Carter, signed from Carolina in the offseason, was battling with Ronald Curry to be Oakland's No. 2 receiver. The Raiders are now desperately thin at the position.

A few days ago we discussed the question of whether Oakland should pursue a trade with Arizona for unhappy receiver Anquan Boldin, With Carter out, the Raiders could use Boldin even more. But it's a very complicated matter. Arizona doesn't want to deal Boldin right now and it could cost Oakland a ton. So, a Boldin trade although it makes senses for Oakland, is still unlikely.

But the Raiders need to get someone. Ralph Vitolo, the agent for Joe Horn, said he expects to talk to the Raiders about Horn, who was cut by Atlanta last week upon his request. Vitolo said he could see Horn signing somewhere this week.

Here is a list of some of the other receivers currently available: Eric Parker (who is still recovering from a toe injury), Eric Moulds, Terry Glenn (who could be headed to Miami), Koren Robinson, Keenan McCardell and Eddie Kennison. Oakland will also likely scour the waiver wire next weekend when teams have to cut down the 53-man roster in an attempt to improve the receiving crew.

Javon Walker's up-and-down early career in Oakland could be on the slight upswing after he performed well against Arizona. Walker had four catches for 60 yards. Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said Walker played with confidence Saturday night, something Kiffin said Walker hasn't always done this summer. Kiffin said prior to the game that it was a big game for Walker.

After his solid performance, he is likely entrenched as Oakland's No. 1 receiver. Of course, the Raiders really don't have another choice at this point.

The Raiders are also down about the season-ending injury suffered by fullback Oren O'Neal. He is a rugged, good blocker and was a big part of the Raiders' outstanding run attack last season. Oakland still has Justin Griffith at fullback, but O'Neal's loss will be felt.