Split End Starter: Darrius Heyward-Bey
Last year's most consistently productive receiver will still have to earn his starting job in 2012. Rookie receiver Juron Criner could push him for playing time, but his starting spot seems relatively safe because Heyward-Bey is a good down-the-field blocker.
Split End Backup: Juron Criner
If Juron Criner is every bit as good as the media reports, the Raiders have struck gold two years in a row. Last season, it was Denarius Moore, now Criner.
The media is even applauding Criner for making a catches that thud off his chest, Darrius Heyward-Bey has rarely received the same applause for such receptions.
If Criner's performance continues into training camp, he'll push for playing time, backup or not. That'll either be at split end or in the slot, depending on the situation.
Flanker Starter: Denarius Moore
Moore left Tuesday's mini-camp practice with a hamstring injury. Moore will be evaluated, but head coach Dennis Allen expects Moore to be out only a few weeks.
Expectations are high for Moore, but his rookie campaign was slowed by injury, and it's not a good sign to see him slowed by the injury bug this early in the offseason program, but that's football.
Only Darren McFadden is more of a key to the Raiders' offensive success. Hopefully Moore will be ready to go by the start of training camp at the end of July.
Flanker Backup: Jacoby Ford
When Moore was hurt during practice Tuesday, Ford stepped into the starting role once again. Ford was the starting flanker entering 2011, but got hurt and lost it to Moore.
The Raiders would prefer Moore is healthy so Ford can start in the slot, but Ford is a more than capable receiver and still has a lot of potential.
Ford still needs to learn how to use his speed to set up defenders, but could make a leap in his third year.