Juron Criner has had a pretty impressive off season so far in Oakland. This comes at no surprise.
Criner of course was the fifth round selection out of the University of Arizona and like most rookies, was fighting for a roster spot. At 6'3 and only at the age of twenty two, Criner has already impressed many this off season including myself and is not only capable of making the team, but also earning some considerable playing time.
But here it is, this shouldn't a surprise for Raider fans. Last year a rookie wide receiver impressed in camp and ended up playing huge in his first NFL season. Who you may ask? Of course, that was just a 195 pound rookie from Tennessee named Denarius Moore, whom was also interrupted by the lockout.
He turned out pretty well.
The year before that the same thing happened again. I remember watching video film of a speedy wide out from Clemson named Jacoby Ford. He turned out to also have an impressive rookie season.
Heck, I could go as far back by remembering a OTHER rookie wide receiver from the University of Florida named Louis Murphy. He turned out to have an impressive rookie season as well, even with Jamarcus Russell under center.
Overall, the stellar and impressive off season so far from Juron Criner comes at no surprise from myself and hopefully others. The Raiders in the past have luckily been able to find some receiver steals in the later rounds. Oakland has a very talented receiving corps to work with this season for Carson Palmer, and it will be very crowded for Criner to squeeze onto the field. It's also unsure of how much playing time the young rookie will get, but given the past trends it is looking promising that Criner will still be able to contribute.
Which is what matters.
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