ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Denarius Moore showed a crowd of 68,191 at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, as well as a television audience, that all the glowing training-camp reviews out of Napa were something more than hype.
The Raiders' fifth-round draft pick out of Tennessee caught five passes for 146 yards, had a 50-yard touchdown catch that he took from defenders Leodis McKelvin and George Wilson and ran 25 yards on a reverse. He also nearly came down with a would-be game-winning 56-yard catch as time expired.
In his debut against Denver, Moore had just one pass thrown in his direction, and it was incomplete.
With starters Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) and Jacoby Ford (hamstring) unavailable, Moore took center stage, then shrugged it off afterward.
"It was an OK day for me," Moore said. "I came in and made plays when they called upon me. The overall thing is we took a loss today. We've just got to come back, practice Monday and get better."
Moore also had a leaping catch over McKelvin along the sideline for a 20-yard gain on third-and-3, a key play in a 71-yard first-half drive that resulted in a 1-yard touchdown plunge from Michael Bush.
The receiving yardage was the most for a Raiders receiver since Ford had 148 yards last Nov. 7 against Kansas City.
Quarterback Jason Campbell was hoping Moore would get rewarded for his big day with a victory.
"I was just praying on the sideline that we at least get an opportunity to win this one, because he deserves that respect of going up and catching those balls he made out there today, the plays he was making," Campbell said.