Watson, Criner, Wilson all active for first time

Watson, Criner, Wilson all active for first time
November 3, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Juron Criner will make his season debut for the Raiders in Week 9 after totaling 16 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in 2012, his rookie season. (USATSI)

Programming note: Tune in to Raiders Postgame Live on CSN California immediately after the end of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

OAKLAND – Raiders offensive tackle Menelik Watson will make his NFL debut, receiver Juron Criner will make his season debut and strongside linebacker Martez Wilson will play his first game in silver and black on Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Watson is the Raiders’ lone reserve tackle and will play on offense should Khalif Barnes or Matt McCants go down.

Wilson will play primarily in passing situations, both as a stand-up linebacker and a lineman.

Criner is out of the doghouse for the first time all season, due in part to Andre Holmes’ hamstring injury and rookie Brice Butler’s lackluster performance. He had two drops, one of which resulted in an interception.

Criner contributed during his rookie year, totaling 16 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in 2012. He was at the bottom on the depth chart and therefore couldn’t crack the active roster.

Safety Tyvon Branch, defensive end Ryan Robinson, guard/center Andre Gurode, tackle Tony Pashos and defensive lineman Brian Sanford were also inactive.