Impressive during the rookie minicamp, fifth-round draft pick Juron Criner stepped it up Tuesday with the full squad at the Raiders' organized team activity.
Criner made a handful of great catches, creating a buzz among his teammates. Included was a 50-yard catch from Carson Palmer against DeMarcus Van Dyke and Tyvon Branch in which he tumbled into the end zone, and a 55-yard sideline heave from Terrelle Pryor against cornerback Pat Lee.
On one play, Criner reached back and made a difficult catch of a ball Pryor threw behind him.
"He saved Carson, he saved myself, he saved Matt (Leinart)," Pryor said. "He's a player. He catches everything that comes near him."
Criner was taken No. 168 overall. That's 20 picks lower than Oakland got Denarius Moore in 2011. Moore caught 33 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns.
"He has a thing for the ball once the ball's in the air," Moore said. "That's what we like about him."
Coach Dennis Allen is pleased with Criner's learning curve.
"I think every day he gets a little bit better," Allen said. "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."
Palmer had Criner's ear as the two walked off the practice field.
"He said, 'That right there sets the standard,' " Criner said. "You expect nothing less of yourself."
"You want to declare your expectations, what you expect out of (the coaches) and then you want to get out of the way and let them work," Allen said. "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."
When Allen did step in, more often than not it was with the defense with coordinator Jason Tarver.
"It's different having a head coach watching everything you do," defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "We'll run a play, and coach Tarver will make his point, then Allen will add his point. It's like having two defensive coordinators."
"I just kind of regret bringing bad attention to the team, for the most part," Heyward-Bey said. "Want to let the fans know that I'm here, working hard, trying to get on the same page with Carson and looking forward to the season."
Heyward-Bey's attorney, Ivan Golde, said he will plead not guilty.
College scouts are Calvin Branch, Zack Crockett, Mickey Marvin, David McCloughan, Brad Kaplan, Raleigh McKenzie and Trey Scott, while the pro scouts are Larry Marmie and Dane Vandernat.
Delaney, Branch, Crockett, Marvin and McCloughan are holdovers.
Also missing were kickers Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler and safety Mike Mitchell, who has a knee issue.
Those who attended but weren't practicing were center Stefen Wisniewski, who had a shoulder procedure in the offseason, and right guard Mike Brisiel, who has a slight hamstring strain.