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Criner puts on a show at OTA

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For a day anyway, Juron Criner looked like 2012 version of Denarius Moore.

It was a year ago that Moore , a fifth-round draft pick out of Tennessee , began impressing his Raiders coaches and teammates with his playmaking skills. He carried it on through training camp and an excellent rookie season, catching 33 passes for 618 yards and a team-high five touchdowns.

Criner, the second of two fifth-round picks out of Arizona , came 20 spots later than Moore at 168. He was the standout of a nearly full-squad organized team activity session, catching at least six passes during team sessions _ some of them of the spectacular variety.

“It’s been a learning process for him,’’ coach Dennis Allen said following practice. “I think he every day he gets a little bit better. He’s learning more what to do. I was pleased with the way he practiced today. It’s not a whole lot different than what we saw on tape in college. That’s what we expect of him.’’

The last of Criner’s big plays came on a sideline throw by Terrelle Pryor that carried between 55 and 60 yards in the air, with cornerback Pat Lee the victim.

On a 50-yard heave from Carson Palmer into the end zone, Criner beat the coverage of DeMarcus Van Dyke and safety Tyvon Branch with a tumbling catch that brought hoots and shouts from his teammates.

On a fairly basic route over the middle, Criner somehow stopped himself to reach back and catch a Pryor pass that had been thrown behind him.

– Full speed ahead for Darren McFadden, who participated fully in drills and team sessions without restrictions.

“We want him to be healthy,’’ Allen said. “We want him to be able to stay healthy and we want to do everything we can to keep him that way.’’

– The biggest defensive play came when a Palmer pass bounced off the hands of Rashawn Jackson and then was juggled among several defenders until Aaron Curry held on to it and ran into the end zone for a touchdown.

– The Raiders employed exclusively a four-man line during defensive team sequences, with Allen saying three-man fronts will be added later

“You can’t throw everything at ‘em at one time,’’ Allen said.

– Allen’s style during the first full-team session open to the media was to stay fairly detatched, letting his coaches do the coaching while he often stands off alone as an observer.

“I believe as a head coach, ultimately you’re in charge of the product tha goes out on the field,’’ Allen said. “But part of being the head coach is you want to hire good people. You want to declare your expectations, what you expect out of them and then you want to get out fo the way and let them work.

“That’s kind of my style and that’s what I’ll do but I’m a coach at heart and I’ll get my hands dirty when I need to.’’

– Tight end David Ausberry is noticeably bigger in the upper body as he grows into his position. A converted wide receiver last season, Ausberry made one difficult catch in traffic and appears not to have lost any of the agility that makes him a tough matchup.

Allen said he expected Ausberry to be deployed as a receiving tight end this season but the bulk was necessary for blocking purposes.

— Among those players who were not present included defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who normally does not attend OTA sessions, and middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who is dealing with legal issues relating to the misdemeanor charge of illegal discharge of a firearm in Alabama .

Also not present was safety Mike Mitchell, who Allen said has a knee issue. Kickers Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski also were not in Alameda .

Among those players who were present but not practicing were center Stefen Wisniewski, who had shoulder procedure following the season, Allen said, and right guard Mike Brisiel, who has a minor hamstring strain.

Alex Parsons played with the first team at center in Wisniewski’s absence, with Zach Hurd getting some reps at right guard with Cooper Carlisle moving to the left side.

Travis Goethel got most of the first-team snaps at middle linebacker in place of McClain, with Curry moving inside during one sequence.

– Rookie undrafted free agent wide receiver Thomas Mayo, who was having a difficult practice holding on to the ball, left drills and was limping.

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  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo, the Certified Platinum Posse just sent out an invite to Criner for the Beeech Dawg Pajama Jammy Jam at the Penthouse this weekend

    Got the perfect stripper in mind for homie, this chick can drink a 4-pack of Zimas with her coochie

    He’ll be wasted in 30 sec if he assumes the traditional 69 position

    Brahs, busting out a Rasta Ganja practice here in the living room, getting super IRIE for the King’s showdown tonight

    Check out this sweet jam called “Gettin’ High on Ice” that is sure to get any blog goober HELLA PUMPED UP

    Yo, check yourself and use your noodle
    Dem Kings will turn the Coyotes into poodles
    Gotta get a win then get totally laid
    That’s right girl – Beeech is goin’ on the power play

    RASTA FARI IN KINGSTON JAMAICA, BRATHA BOB

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    HairyBush, go wipe yourself. Lol.

  • HairyBush

    Zima lol

  • Thec

    KoolKell Says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 2:25 pm
    I’s like to see that Angolan DT guy get into that D-Line rotation

    +++++++

    thats the Raiders sleeper…He will be in the rot, and making plays….

  • Thec

    see my response to Raider O

    ++++++++

    I will humour you, which post is it?

    Not that it will change my stance….

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Thec Says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    KoolKell Says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 2:25 pm
    I’s like to see that Angolan DT guy get into that D-Line rotation

    +++++++

    thats the Raiders sleeper…He will be in the rot, and making plays….
    ————————————–
    Versatile guy, looks like he has a great motor. Lined up everywhere at Georgia State?

  • RaiderRockstar

    @HB

    Agreed – I’m not gonna crown anybody in mid-May either, but i’m glad Criner is shining in OTA’s as opposed to being a complete flop

  • Thec

    Versatile guy, looks like he has a great motor. Lined up everywhere at Georgia State?

    ++++++++

    Kid may have grew up playing soccer because hit footwork, and lateral movement are outstanding.

    He reminds me of the guy that play’s in detriot sue whatevers….

  • raiderinparadise

    Bryant is a special player too on that DL. He always been solid rotational guy and Reggie liked him after watching last years film.

  • Thec

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 2:31 pm
    @HB

    Agreed – I’m not gonna crown anybody in mid-May either, but i’m glad Criner is shining in OTA’s as opposed to being a complete flop

    ++++++++++

    I have a bad habit of crowning a player early…

    Criner is the second best Wr on this team, and its a close second…

  • raiderinparadise

    One fo Bilukidi’s highlights is him lined up at DT, and rushes the passer and then after the ball is released he flies back down the field and pushes a WR out of bounds 15 yard sodwn the field. His measureables are that of Dontari Poe, but he went in the 6th not the top 10 lol

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Shaughnessy, I hear shoulder problems can be tough for Linemen. Hope he comes back full strength.

  • Thec

    WR rankings;

    DMO 1A
    CRINER 1B
    JFORD 3
    DHB 4
    LMURHPY 5

  • Thec

    Ltr NATION

  • PlunkforHOF

    What is up Raider fans! If Criner turns out to be another DeGnarlious Moore, our WR corps is getting fckin scary!

    CODE BLACK 2012!

  • Dakota

    Remember, Criner was going up against OUR defensive backs….and Branch….none of whom are anything special at this point.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I have a bad habit of crowning a player early…

    Criner is the second best Wr on this team, and its a close second

    ***

    @Thec

    you’re predictions are usually spot on, too.

    called JFORD & DMo17 players out of the gate!!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Dakota Says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Remember, Criner was going up against OUR defensive backs….and Branch….none of whom are anything special at this point.
    —————————————–
    Those catches sounded spectacular, not just routine beatings of lousy cornerbacks.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Remember, Criner was going up against OUR defensive backs….and Branch….none of whom are anything special at this point

    ***

    I was thinking the same thing, Dakota!

    no contact. DB’s are all basically brand spanking new to Tarver’s defense. JFB [blog GM] called our secondary a collective turd sandwich prior to the draft. If we don’t put some heat on the QB, our entire secondary may be nicknamed “toast”

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Brahs, one of the Beeech Dawgettes – The Beeech Diggity’s Collection of Fine, Fabulous Ladies – just came up with a sweet new VICTORY dance to do every time the Kings score a goal!

    It’s called the Krappy Krapster Shake

    This thing is going to blow up, probably be as huge as the macarena by Sunday

    All you gotta do is shimmy to the left, then shimmy to the right, pop your hip out, then blog all night.

    Try it, totally beats doing math homework

  • http://out-of-whack 909RaiderLifer

    Nice to finally have a actual football fix from Jer. Even though they have to play “touch” out there. Still gets my blood flowing a little better, to get a fix….

    Does McClain cop a plea bargain on Thurs.?…Or does the case get swept under the rug?…I think the local DA, is going to try to make a name for him/herself, and try to make an “example” out of McClain…

    Quick hit and run.. Hope all you knuckleheads out there are doin well….C-ya….

  • Thec

    Dakota Says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    Remember, Criner was going up against OUR defensive backs….and Branch….none of whom are anything special at this point.

    ++++++++++

    what happens in practice typicall will translate in games…

    I will gladly take the heat, and kick all doubters in the azz later…somewhat like the rue the day DMAC list….

  • Dakota

    Hey, I like Criner, I am just sayin….DVD made a lot of people look good early last year….and Branch blows in coverage too…..just sayin lol.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    They said Criner tracks the ball well in flight and adjusts to the ball, catches it over the shoulder.

    DHB, NOT.

  • DutchRaider77

    what happens in practice typicall will translate in games…

    _____________________________________________________

    See Denard Walker, Nick Miller, Johhnny Morant…

  • BewareofRaiders

    It may be short but raiders talk once again on NFL 32 on espn it should be coming up shortly

  • Seymour Bush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Who would you want to see working with the lst teamers? 12 year veteran Richard Seymour or Cumbie, Hamilton and Ivey?

    ***

    @ Seymour Bush

    Big Sey isn’t working with anybody on the Raiders right now. He’s working out on his own, like he does every offseason and Dennis Allen signed off on it. It doesn’t matter who is working with the 1st, 2nd or 3rd teamers in a mid-May practice imo. late August let’s talk about that.

    Seymour isn’t on scholarship. He’s not impossible to replace. Reggie was forced to either pay Seymour’s $7.5 million roster bonus, making his $15 million fully guaranteed this season – or kick him to the curb and take a $7.5 million cap hit, then try and find a suitable replacement. He restructured to save the team money against the salary cap, so good on him. more money in his pocket upfront anyways.
    ============================================

    Richard Seymour has played A LOT better than most of you give him credit for. The middle of the year last season he hurt his knee and was not practicing but still played in games. The lst half of the season and last four games he was dominant.
    My point is having him here probably DETRACTS from the defense in you know what you have in Rich, we don’t know what we have in these others. Plus the fact that Rich was here for the voluntaries just a couple of weeks ago.

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    thanks.

  • Thec

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    what happens in practice typicall will translate in games…

    _____________________________________________________

    See Denard Walker, Nick Miller, Johhnny Morant…

    ++++++++++

    See DMO JFORD recent NATION picks….

  • Thec

    Dakota Says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 2:59 pm
    Hey, I like Criner, I am just sayin….DVD made a lot of people look good early last year….and Branch blows in coverage too…..just sayin lol.

    +++++++++

    Same guys DMO was eatin up last year…
    JFORD got ASO the year before

  • Thec

    Criner will surpass DMO….

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Peemore Bust, you sure hauled tail pretty quick yesterday after I backed you into a corner!

    Love your classic move – get roasted, disappear for a few hours, sneak back into the blog hoping everyone forgot

    Don’t worry, none of my blog brahs ever do!

    Totally hilarious flame out, thanks for more laughs

    HOLLA BACK MO WIZZLE, OFF THE CHIZZY

  • Marks hair

    240. You are so high right now..

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Mental Health

    It would be easy to dismiss trolls as mentally ill. Easy and wrong. Most would not score significantly on mental illness assessments. But most are simply immature. Fair enough in a teenager, and they have a chance of growing out of it (though the longer they leave it, the harder they may find it to break the habit). But in adults, it’s simply sad.

    Once upon a time, they would have been called ‘inadequate psychopaths’; attention seeking loners, forever feeling sorry for themselves, but too bone idle to lift themselves out of their self-selected mire. Some live in a fantasy world, and find it hard to concentrate on real life; they can’t make eye contact, and will say just about anything, frequently contradicting a previous statement.

  • DutchRaider77

    what happens in practice typicall will translate in games…

    _____________________________________________________

    See Denard Walker, Nick Miller, Johhnny Morant…

    ++++++++++

    See DMO JFORD recent NATION picks….

    __________________________________________________

    Ford? Had a great rookie training camp? Thought he took time to develop over the season as a receiver his rookie year, was Raw as a receiver? You can say that you predicted Ford would be a good receiver, but was not OTA superhero.

  • RaiderDebo

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/15/rams-are-discounting-sam-bradfords-2011-season/

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Gee Sam, must be nice. Poor JaMarcus.

  • Method To My Madness

    Jhill…lol go to hell…no I ain’t up to 230…been running lately and gettin back to hoopin! Go me fk’d up bruh…jimmy still wet and bball IQ thru the roof

  • Thec

    Ford? Had a great rookie training camp? Thought he took time to develop over the season as a receiver his rookie year, was Raw as a receiver? You can say that you predicted Ford would be a good receiver, but was not OTA superhero.

    ++++++++++

    Gotta disagree bud…Before his hamstring injury slowed him, he was shining in camp…

  • Seymour Bush

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    May 15th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Brahs, one of the Beeech Dawgettes – The Beeech Diggity’s Collection of Fine, Fabulous Ladies – just came up with a sweet new VICTORY dance to do every time the Kings score a goal!
    ===================================

    Biachi too bad your Beeech Dawgettes weren’t on the floor in OK City last night. They probably would have put up more of a fight than your flakes.

  • Marks hair

    They cant hit until july right? Scary.. These guys wont know are d-line is weak for ages..

  • Raiderfusion

    BDawg: I love most of your comments to the rest of us here in Raiderland, they make me laugh my ass off. You’ve just hit a new high with your line: about the gall consuming a 4 pack of zima with her coochie, and he’ll be wasted in 30 seconds. My friend that is the best line you’ve had in a while, I’m still laughing. You and the Beeech Dawgettes keep up the good work.

  • anhdazman

    Great if Criner could be another late round WR find for our team. First Moore becoming an unexpected surprise now Criner. Props to our scouting department. Our strongest unit would have another added piece.
    Good to see positive reports about Pryor at QB. Competition at the #2 QB spot will just make the QB position stronger. We handed it to Boller and that was a mistake. Let these guys earn it. I think Leinert will be a good addition to our team. He’s already familiar with the system and knows his role behind Palmer. As for Pryor, I’m going to keep pushing for him to be used in Wildcat, option, roll out type of offense, especially in short yardage and goal line situations. Pryor could gain valuable experience while building his confidence at the QB position. He can be just as dangerous as Tebow or Newton or even better.

  • Raidernationdave

    Told you beyotches!

    RMac was on it! They snagged some awesome prospects!

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