There have not been too many bright spots for the 3-10 Oakland Raiders this season, but rookie wide receiver Rod Streater has shined. It started in rookie mini-camp and continued through training camp as Streater opened eyes with his play. It culminated in a final roster spot for Streater and a building block first season.
The undrafted free agent out of Temple University caught only 19 passes his senior season at Temple in a very run heavy offense. However, something about the 6-3, 200 pound, 24 year old caught the attention of general manager Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders coaching staff. Through 13 games this season, Streater has surpassed those numbers with 28 receptions for 429 yards and three touchdowns.
On Streater's first catch in the NFL, he fumbled trying to earn extra yards. He did not allow the mistake to set the tone for his year. He made three more catches in his debut. There have been some growing pains along the way for Streater as any NFL rookie will experience. However, the highs have outweighed the lows by a large margin. Last week against the Denver Broncos, Streater had his first 100 yard receiving game. He caught four passes for 100 yards including a beautiful over the shoulder catch for a 58 yard gain.
“I thought Streater really the last couple of games has made some big plays for us, so that’s good to see him from a young player’s perspective,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said after the Broncos game.
As the Raiders begin to evaluate players for next season, Streater is a guy who will garner attention. He is known as a solid route runner with good hands. His size gives him an advantage over small defensive backs. Oakland has had the most success with Streater playing the slot wide receiver. All of the things he does well make him a mismatch in the slot. As the Raiders moved on from a tough year, Streater has the potential to be a key player as the Raiders move forward.
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