Oakland Raiders: How High is Juron Criner’s Potential?

May 20, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Juron Criner (84) at organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders are clearly in a rebuilding mode and general manager Reggie McKenzie has done a magnificent job in doing so.

That said, with all their new acquisitions, the players that were with the team before this splendid offseason must not be forgotten. They must too step up to the occasion and play like they want this team to go far.

One of the young and talented players that the Raiders have on their roster is wide receiver Juron Criner.

The Raiders drafted Criner with the 168th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The speedy wideout from Arizona had high hopes from the organization but didn’t really excel in his first year in the league.

Last season, he was able to reel in 16 catches for 151 yards and just one touchdown. Not too impressive when you look at just the numbers, but Criner was never really given the opportunity to shine, until now.

With the departure of wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey this offseason, the Raiders will now rely heavily on their young receivers in Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, Rod Streater, and of course, Criner.

Moore and Ford are two proven guys that will likely have their jobs safe, but the job of the 3rd receiver is wide open for Criner. Streater has potential and has good hands, but Criner boasts a quick top speed and is extremely versatile.

His 4.54 40-yard dash time further proves his speed and quickness, and it’s something that is very helpful to have in a wide receiver. The ability to blow by cornerbacks and haul in deep passes for huge gains is something that not all NFL teams can boast.

So with all that Criner has to offer, just how high is his potential?

I believe that his potential definitely goes through the roof, as he is only 23 years of age and boasts a big body frame at 6’3″ and 221 pounds. With all the help that the Raiders need, it would really benefit them to develop Criner so he can become more of a star and get ready to handle big moments that come with starting at wide receiver.

Don’t look now, but a few years down the road, don’t be surprised if you see Criner making it big and catching numerous touchdowns for this young and upcoming Raiders squad.

Topics: Juron Criner, NFL, Oakland Raiders

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  • Luis Hernandez

    Given the time and opportunity, I’m sure this kid is going to shine. He’s got the size and speed to excel and with time, become an elite receiver. His first year he didn’t do much, but with another year under his belt I think he will make a name for himself. Our receiving core will prove everyone wrong! Nothing but skill and talent all over our roster! 2013 is our time!

  • Swerve Griffen

    Never heard anybody call Criner ‘speedy’. I heard he ran a slightly slower 40, and it wasn’t his rep coming out of college. But we’ll have to wait to see him play more to see how much game speed he’s got.

  • Eugene Yamamoto

    Yes, please get your facts right, Criner was never a speedster. Read all the draft info on this guy. Speed was not his game but red zone touchdown catches in the pac 12 were his claim to fame. The 40 time that you are posting is also high from what I remember. Even if you use your numbers, a 4.54 forty time is not going to cause him to be able to blow by dbs who typically are in the 4.4 range. Getting lose, using your big frame and making those red zone touchdown catches are what we hope to see from this young man. The key will be to see if Criner can still be a touchdown machine in the NFL with faster more gifted dbs. I also seem to recall that he has a good vertical jump. If he can block and beef up I wonder if they might be able to insert him at TE where they use a double TE formation to set up the power run with McFadden. He could be lethal if one on one with a linebacker and add a dimension to our offense. For that matter what about Reese as a part time TE or using Criner as a FB to spell Reese? Love my Raiders. You really ought to know that the Raider nation is pretty on top of their knowledge of our players.Gene Y.

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