He's known as "the other Jerry" but despite the presence of Canton, Ohio, bound wide receivers Jerry Rice and Tim Brown; Jerry Porter could be a crucial factor in Sunday's AFC Title Game against the Tennessee Titans.
Porter, who is that "other Jerry," scorched the New York Jets for six catches and 123 yards including a touchdown in last Sunday's AFC Divisional playoff 30-10 win over the New York Jets. After being a project for two years, Porter has become a bonafide weapon in the Raiders offense. Porter caught 51 passes for 688 yards and nine touchdowns.
"His maturity and his demeanor have really improved," Raiders head coach Bill Callahan said. "We are really proud of him. He could be a No. 1 receiver for a lot of teams and could easily be an 80-catch guy."
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Porter caught two passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in Oakland's 52-25 win over Tennessee in late September. Tennessee's Donald Mitchell, who plays at the nickel cornerback spot for the Titans, could spend much of the day on Porter, with cornerback Andre Dyson also taking him on at times.
"He's taken a lot of pressure off the two outside guys," Callahan said. "He allows us to spread the field and do some things vertically or work the outside lanes or even work inside across the middle."
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