Willie Gault, who had 32 pass receptions through 10 games in 1990, has 15 through 10 games this season.
Raider Coach Art Shell wouldn’t comment on Gault’s production decrease. “If a guy is open, we’ll hit him,” Shell said.
The man stealing Gault’s thunder is Tim Brown, who has already exceeded his 1990 total of 18 with 22 catches.
Second-year defensive lineman Anthony Smith started in the Raiders’ four-man line in place of veteran Bob Golic at Denver last Sunday, but Shell said it was only because the Raiders opened in a defensive package that does not include Golic.
Golic, a solid run defender, comes out on obvious pass situations.