ALAMEDA -- With Jacoby Ford and his sprained left foot out, Darrius Heyward-Bey and his neck still sore and Denarius Moore and his injured right foot likely keeping him sidelined, where will the Raiders turn for production out of their receiving corps on Sunday against Chicago?
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"We have so many playmakers on this team, the depth is ridiculous," said fullback Marcel Reece. "A lot of the guys who are towards the bottom of our depth chart could be on the top of someone else's depth chart."We have so many playmakers on this team that when someone goes down, the next person just steps up. And we're just going to see who that next person is"Well, Oakland does have three healthy receivers in Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Plus, they may have a wild-card in converted rookie tight end David Ausberry, who played receiver at USC."If they need me, Ill be ready," Ausberry said. "It's just part of learning the offense, getting involved, doing what I can. If they need me, they'll say something. And I'll be ready."Ausberry has been active for six of the Raiders' 10 games thus far. He has caught one ball for four yards and lost two yards on a reverse carry. But in the preseason, he had a gorgeous 18-yard touchdown catch against Arizona in which he showed his receiving skills by dragging his foot in the end zone before going out of bounds.He has been working with quarterback Carson Palmer on routes this week."That's just staying ready," Ausberry said. "That's it. If coach (Hue) Jackson needs me and the offense needs me, they'll call my number and I'll go in there and do what I can do."It pretty much ties into our offensive concepts. I know about 75, 80 percent of the wide receiver stuff. If they need me, they'll call me."And for that other "wild-card" receiver? No, Terrelle Pryor is not going to run patterns anytime soon."I wouldn't have him do that," Jackson said. "I don't see him that way. He's a quarterback and that's the position he plays, so I wouldn't put him in that situation."