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OAKLAND — Cordarrelle Patterson and the other members of the Raiders’ receiving corps got a bit of extra encouragement before Sunday’s game against the New York Giants in the form of a text message from Michael Crabtree.
“(He) told us go out there and ball out and do what you do,” Patterson said. “That’s motivation from a vet, a guy who has been in this league for a long time, just to text us and let us all know to do your thing.”
The Raiders receivers responded with either career highs or season-best games.
With Crabtree serving a one-game suspension for last week’s fracas against Denver and Amari Cooper suffering a concussion and a sprained ankle against the Broncos, the Raiders made up the difference by committee to form an effective passing game against the Giants.
Eight receivers combined for 22 catches and 287 yards and one touchdown in Oakland’s 24-17 win over the Giants at the Coliseum. The Raiders’ passing yards total was actually their fourth-highest of the season.
Patterson finished with 97 yards receiving, the most yards he’s had in a single game since he had 141 yards on five catches for Minnesota on Dec. 8, 2013. His 59-yard catch-and-run on a screen pass late in the fourth quarter helped set up Johnny Holton’s 9-yard touchdown catch with 3:23 to go in the fourth quarter.
Holton had a key block on Patterson’s long reception.
“I’m a playmaker, man. You turn on the film, that’s what I do,” Patterson said. “I’ve been doing it my whole life. It’s nothing that’s going to change. I’m going to go out there and make plays no matter where I’m at on the field.”
Holton, a second-year professional, had three receptions establish a new career-high. He finished with 39 yards receiving and scored what ended up as the game-winning touchdown with 3:23 to go in the third quarter.
Holton was able to respond after he was stripped of a reception in the third quarter to end was seemed to be a promising drive in the third quarter with the Raiders leading 10-7.
All of Holton’s catches came in the second half when the Raiders had 207 of their receiving yards.
“I felt like I had to make a play for the team,” Holton said. “I didn’t (start) as well as I wanted to, but we won the game.”
Seth Roberts matched a season-high with five receptions and Clive Walford, in his third NFL season, had a career-high 57 yards receiving on four catches. Walford had been active for all 11 games for the Raiders this season but only had three catches for a net of 10 yards.
Crabtree is eligible to return for next week’s game against Kansas City but Cooper’s return against the Chiefs is more in question. Combined, the two have accounted for 84 receptions, 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns.
“It was some pretty big shoes to fill. Those guys are pretty good receivers,” Holton said. “We had to step and make it happen.”