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Criner working hard to get on the field

Juron Criner burst onto the scene soon after the Raiders selected him in the 2012 NFL draft. Criner made jaw-dropping catches, eye-opening adjustments to off-the-mark throws and head-turning plays on regular occasion.
It seemed as if the Raiders got a steal in the fourth round of the draft last year, when Criner remained on the board when the Raiders turn rolled around.
Fast forward to today, it seems almost incomprehensible how Criner is buried on the bench, deemed not worthy of even being one of 46 players active on game days, viewed as a less-attractive option than 2013 seventh-rounder Brice Butler, 2012 undrafted free agent Rod Streater and free-agent signee Andre Holmes.
“I’m not really sure what it is,” Criner said Monday, when asked what’s keeping him from being on the field when the Raiders play. “I just come out, work hard, do what I’m told to do and wait for my number to come up.”
Criner was deactivated for all six of the Raiders games so far. Coach Dennis Allen said it’s incumbent upon Criner to work hard every day, impress the coaches and, most important, be consistent.
In the end, Allen added, the way the players perform on the practice field goes a long way toward dictating who the Raiders play in games.
“The guys that go out and practice the best, the guys that make the most plays in practice then make the most plays in the game, those are the guys that go out there and play,” Allen said.
Criner said he hasn’t spoken with Allen or offensive coordinator Greg Olson about his situation. He did speak with wide receives coach Ted Gilmore.
“He told me a few things,” Criner said of Gilmore, without elaborating. “At the end of the day, all I could do is still wait.”
At one point, Criner was asked if there was an issue with his work ethic. He said that wasn’t an issue at all.
Just the same, he added, his approach to practice has changed since he joined the Raiders.
“My practice habits are definitely getting a lot better,” Criner said. “So, I feel like it’s really helping me a lot being in this situation and having to take practice a lot more serious. So, it’s definitely helping me as a player.”
Allen said Criner brings something of value to the equation when it comes to the receiving corps, even if Criner hasn’t been active for any games this season.
“He’s an athletic guy,” Allen said. “He’s a big guy. He’s got good hands. But he’s got to be able to do it on a more consistent basis day in and day out.”

– Allen said everyone was on hand at the team’s year-round facility Monday and that no one was excused.
He also said that he won’t comment on players’ injuries until Wednesday, the earliest he is required to do so by the league.
Therefore, no official updates on the status of injured offensive linemen such as Stefen Wisniewski, Andre Gurode, Tony Pashos and Menelik Watson, none of whom practiced today.
Allen went so far as to say that he is confident in the five players that worked with the first-team offense today if he had to go with them Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers — Khalif Barnes, Lucas Nix, Lamar Mady, Mike Brisiel and Matt McCants.

– The Raiders are off again Tuesday. They resume practice Wednesday in preparation for their game against the Steelers.
Suddenly, the Steelers seem like a far more formidable opponent than they did earlier this month, when they started 0-4.
The Steelers are fresh from a victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens for their second straight win.
The Raiders have recent history on their side, in addition to being fresh after a week off. They beat the Steelers at the Coliseum last season and haven’t lost to the Steelers in Oakland since 1995.

– The three quarterbacks on the Raiders rosters — Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin on the active roster and Tyler Wilson on the practice squad — combined for five years’ NFL experience. And that’s counting this season as a full season for all three.
Pryor has made six starts in his three-year NFL career. McGloin and Wilson are rookies that haven’t played a single down in the Raiders first six games this season.
It stands to reason that all three could benefit from the presence of a veteran quarterback, something Pryor had the past two seasons with Carson Palmer.
Maybe so, Allen said, but that isn’t enough to compel the Raiders to sign a veteran backup right now.

– The Raiders signed Jason Foster to their practice squad. He fills the vacancy created by the release of running back George Winn last week.

– The Raiders will play a home game on an all-grass field for the first time in 2013 this Sunday.
They played their two home exhibition games and first three home regular-season games on a field set up for baseball because the A’s season remained in full swing.
Now that the A’s are eliminated, the Raiders are free to play the remainder of their games on an all-grass surface.

– The Raiders lost each of their past 10 games coming off a bye. Allen said he and his players are well aware of that ignominious stat.
Just the same, Allen told his players, the past won’t affect what happens Sunday or any other game. True, indeed. Still, there’s no doubt there’s added pressure on the Raiders to end the skid.

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  • eastoaklandraider

    Bergs and brisel suck in this system, but here’s a thought, they let DMC walk and go back to the zbs and roll with Murray and Jennings.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Don’t give up any picks for any players from other teams. Build the team through the draft with cheaper, younger talent. We gave up a pick for Flynch…that should be the last surrendered draft pick for a player in a while. RM loves his picks so I don’t think he’s giving any more up. Build through the draft like SF, Seattle, and KC did.

  • Theghostronin79

    I think they should start handing the ball off to Reece. It’s obvious that McFadden and Jennings were still hurt. Our Running game has been a Fat Ugly “Bar Fly”……..and to make matters worse, we’ve been bringing a “Whiskey Dikk” to the party.

  • Papertiger

    Yeah he married Samantha Steele from ESPN. She is his Brooke Shields, apparently.

  • Papertiger

    Great to see some real football talk on the blog today!

    If the Raiders lose to the Steelers and Pryor doesn’t play well, however, the medical staff will host a circle jęrk of epic proportions on these boards. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!

  • nolimits3333

    Reece has always been our best running back.
    Dennis Allen is an idiot.

  • The Big Banana

    Lol!

  • Rico Stifler

    Her boss even said they let her go cuz if she stayed on they’d have to give her health insurance cuz of Odumbacare.. She isn’t the first person they let go for that reason. Outside of the people that have been there for at least several years already, they’d had a revolving door of new hires and new people let go the eve before they completed their probationary period, which is what happened to my wife.

    Know what you’re talking about before opening your mouth and forcing that tiny brain of yours from working too hard, you sack o’ shiite….

    FYI, it wasn’t a threat on the sack o’ shiite we call a president. Just saying that if one needed to be assassinated this is the one to assassinate. Although to say he was assassinated would imply that he was someone of importance and Odumba really isn’t…. I’d lose no sleep or tears if Odumba was murdered.

  • Rico Stifler

    You’re an idiot. To call Montgomery a liar would imply that you were there and had first had knowledge of the incident. So, tell us, what really happened if Montgomery is lying?

    God, what a thucking idiot…. Go suckle Jafatass’s tig o’ bitties….

  • Rico Stifler

    Lompoc? WTF is Lompoc?

  • Rico Stifler

    Did he already say that? Cuz I hadn’t heard anything, but he could change his mind by the time the season is over. He is looking to be a first round pick.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Part-time employees can purchase health insurance on the exchanges. I even linked an article up above saying as such. There would be ZERO reason for Home Depot to fire a part-time employee because of the ACA. None at all. In fact, they actually SAVE money because they can now refuse to offer health insurance for part-timers and just refer them to the exchanges instead.

    Bottom line: If wife told you that her boss told her that she was being fired because of the ACA, then either your wife is lying or her boss is.

    Insulting me may make you feel better, but around here, we don’t take votes on the facts. And I also flagged your post for wishing physical harm on the President.

  • Rico Stifler

    They never gave her more than 29 hours and one of the bosses kept saying something about her probationary period ending soon which would make her full time. To avoid making her full-time and having to give her health insurance, they let her and a lot of others go before their probationary period was over.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    It’s a prison. You made what could be construed as a physical threat against the President of the United States. That’s a felony whether you meant it or not.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    So they didn’t have to fire her at all. They could have kept her on at part-time. They WANTED to fire her, and were just using the ACA as an excuse.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Sticking up for the Raiders HC = Raiders HC “must have touched him”. thats funny? this place CLEARLY is for retards then, if thats considered humor

  • DJ Johnny

    I’m not gonna hope that Reggie DOES NOT sign any stud free agents.
    Just becuz certain FA’s haven’t worked in the past you don’t stop trying.
    There’s something about proven entities that I find appealing.
    You just have to pick the RIGHT GUYS when you do it.
    If Reggie is not going to spend anything on free agents then what does he do with all that cap money?
    Signing the guys he wants back will not use it all up and if we end up at 4-12,6-10, how attractive is the idea of making sure we sign those guys for next year?
    Just gotta have those 6-10 players back for our serious playoff run?

  • Rico Stifler

    Are you retarded? I did not threatened anyone. A threat would be if I said that I was going to do something to him. But I never said any such thing. Learn the definition of a word before you may yourself look like a fool, fool….

    How am I supposed to know the names of prison’s unless I’ve been there… So, how many year’s were you someone’s girlfriend in there?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Calm down RR you know every Sunday you sing about Jesus touching you…What’s the difference if its DA instead?

  • Rico Stifler

    She was a fast worker, she had good customer service. She never had a complaint against her. I have even seen her on one these boards were they rate the fastest and friendliest cashiers. All I know was that Odumbacare was the reason they fired her and like I said, she isn’t the first person they did that to. They let go like 20 cashiers during her 5 months there.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Look at the Green Bay model: they sign a big-name FA once a decade, if that. If a great FA that fills a need is available then Reggie might go after him, but it would have to be a Peyton Manning/Mario Williams-type deal: someone who looks like they could singlehandedly improve the entire team. Otherwise, the signings will be of the Nick Roach/Vance Walker variety: solid players who give great effort and can be had for the right price.

  • DJ Johnny

    GB DID build thru the draft but Reggie has stated that it wasn’t until getting Reggie White…perhaps the biggest FA signing in league history, that they got over the hump and won a SB.
    He also mentions the importance of having a stud QB like Favre.
    He also was part of a GB office that signed Woodson in his prime.
    Reggie WILL go after a stud FA or two…much to many here’s chagrin.

  • DJ Johnny

    What’s he do with the extra money then?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    No, it wasn’t the reason they fired her. The article I have linked below explains that Home Depot is referring part-timers to the exchanges to get their health care. They could have done the same thing with your wife. “We’re either making you full-time or firing you” is something coming from Home Depot, NOT Obama. No reason at all to point your anger at him.

  • Theghostronin79

    Steve Corkran ‏@CorkOnTheNFL 38s

    Offensive line at practice right now, from left to right: Barnes, Nix, Wisniewski, Brisiel and McCants.

  • dplunk

    either Gurode, or Wiz almost have to play to give us a shot

  • 10centsworth

    Answer to Rico’s “what’s Lompoc?”. Take this as a friendly warning, Raider. Its where you are going to end up if you keep shooting your mouth off.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    The remaining money goes to locking up our guys that he wants to keep. Judging by the first six weeks, it would be Houston, Veldheer, Roach and Walker signed to long-term deals with Woodson and Pashos offered a nice sum to come back another year.

  • 10centsworth

    Stupid man.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Big tough keyboard gangster threatening to put people in jail. Does your mom work there?

  • Rico Stifler

    One boss told her they were letting go cuz they didn’t have enough hours and another boss told her they were letting her go cuz of the insurance… I am more inclined to believe the latter and that would make Odumbacare the reason for letting my wife go. So, blow me. You aren’t going to change my mind on the matter. Just cuz you like to blow Odumba on a daily basis doesn’t mean everyone should.

  • Rico Stifler

    Says the 10cent hebitch….

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    So you’re saying nobody should ever know the name of a prison unless they’ve been there? So you’ve never heard of Alcatraz? Or San Quentin? Or Folsom? How about the Tower of London? Or Abu Ghraib? Or Gitmo?

  • 10centsworth

    You again. Standing up for your lap dog? You might read (comprehend) your posts to understand what a “kb gangster” is. You bring nothing but thanks for the concern about my family members.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    I see. So you’re told two different reasons and CHOOSE to believe the one that lets you hate on the black man who had the temerity to be elected President rather than minding his place on the plantation.

    Glad we know who Stormbringer’s new alias is.

  • DJ Johnny

    Reggie knows you don’t win a SB with all no name guys off the scrap heap or 2nd stringers from other “great” teams.

    He knows you have to have an elite QB…or at least a very good one.

    He knows you need to shell out for stud game changers like Clay Mathews or a Woodson (in his prime).

    He knows that the stud QB needs very good receivers.

    If I’m not mistaken, Mathews is at or near the top paid LB’s in the league and Rodgers just signed a mammoth contract.

    Jordy Nelson is paid very well too.

    Yes, a lot of “no names” but you have to have some elite talent in key positions. He knows that.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Nope just another opportunity to allow you to look like a derelict. You don’t need my help but I will always oblige. I could care less who you are talking to just how stupid you sound so I can easily mock you. As you were Einstein…

  • Rico Stifler

    First off, some of those are like world famous. Alcatraz, Tower of London, Gitmo, and Abu Gharib. Johnny Cash made Folsom famous. San Quentin is pretty well known for having the most dangerous inmates. But the local prisons shouldn’t be known to the masses.

  • 10centsworth

    You mock well. You got a point in all this, other than an apparent hard on for something in your past?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    My point is that you are a complete idiot and you keep proving it…..as you were.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    For the record, Rico Stiffler was posting below wishing death on Obama for allegedly getting his wife fired from Home Depot. THAT’S what 10cents was responding to.

    And as it turns out, Stiffler’s wife was given two different reasons for her termination from two different higher-ups: one blaming a lack of available hours, and another one blaming the ACA. Stiffler admitted he chose the one that allowed him to hate on the President.

  • 10centsworth

    Is that a “bye”. Bye.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I saw that and if 2 cents wasn’t such a douche I would not have said anything.

  • 10centsworth

    Your “reasoning” is well known. You think you have to explain yourself for your tripe? You allusions to my mother? Just you being you.

  • dplunk

    That line-up might get it done

  • Rico Stifler

    My wife was told two reasons and I choose to believe the most logical one. Also, did I ever say anything about not liking Odumba cuz he is black? No. In fact, you’re the first person to even mention race. I just think he is a terrible president, regardless of skin color. If he was white, I’d be saying the same exact thing I am saying now. I didn’t even like George W. Bush as president.

    I must be racist cuz I think Odumba is a terrible president. What a joke. Only a racist would accuse me of being racist. Never mind the fact that my wife is Mexican and most of my girlfriend’s were Mexican. I can’t forget about my black girlfriend I had like 11 years ago. Yeah, I am such a racist, chode….

    I finally figured out what the OMS stands for: Odumba Meat Sucker….

  • bcz24

    Brisiel does not suck my friend. He is grading out positively and has actually played pretty well so far. He didn’t do great at Center against KC, but hard to hold that against him. Hard to say Bergs sucks in this system, he was playing well before he was injured. I really cant justify grading our lineman on what DMC is doing right now, I am seeing dump truck size holes for DMC and he isn’t hitting them.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I thought you were a smart guy…remember “you” were the one who claimed your mother would be mentioned in the next post I just obliged. Are you done?

  • Davy Jones

    Great to have Wiz back.

  • Rico Stifler

    One, get off Odumba’s hog. He’s a crap president and certainly not worth shining his meat.

    Two, She would have become full-time after her probationary period ended. To avoid that, they let her go. She is not the first person that they did that to while she was there.