Raiders WR Rod Streater chases 1,000-yard season
When Rod Streater arrived in Oakland in the spring of 2012 as an
undrafted and unheralded receiver out of Temple, his focus was on
the smallest of goals rather than something as noteworthy as a
1,000-yard receiving season.
With three games left in his second season in the NFL, Streater
is closing in on that mark and has a chance to become the first
Raiders receiver to gain that many yards in a season since Randy
Moss in 2005.
Streater needs to average just 71 yards receiving a game over
the final three weeks, a mark he was reached three times in four
games with Matt McGloin as Oakland’s starting quarterback.
”Coming in, it was just making the team,” Streater said.
”Getting a jersey, that’s all I wanted. Now you have to continue
to set the bar high. Now that I’m here I want to keep going
After spending much of the offseason working out and building
chemistry with Terrelle Pryor, Streater has clicked almost
immediately with McGloin since he took over as starter. Streater
has 21 catches for 364 yards and two touchdowns the past four
weeks, and set career bests with seven catches for 130 yards in
last week’s loss to the New York Jets.
”He’s going to be in the right spot all the time,” McGloin
said. ”He knows what he’s doing. He shows up every day, works
hard, goes about his business. I can trust him. I can throw him
opportunity balls and there’s a 50-50 chance he’ll come down with
According to footballperspective.com, the Raiders are tied with
Jacksonville for the longest active streaks for seasons without a
1,000-yard receiver. The closest any Raiders receiver has come in
that span is Darrius Heyward-Bey, who had 975 yards receiving in
Streater’s 787 yards are the second most for any Oakland wideout
since 2005, with only tight ends Brandon Myers (806 in 2012) and
Zach Miller (805 in 2009) topping his current total.
”There’s something about that number you want to get to as a
receiver to be considered one of the good ones for the year,”
Streater said. ”That’s what I’m reaching for and also to get these
last three wins.”
Streater played defensive back and receiver for two years in
junior college at Alfred State before transferring to Temple. The
Owls weren’t much of a throwing team and Streater had just 49
catches in two seasons there, including only 19 his senior
That was a big reason why he never expected to have a chance in
the NFL. But he decided he would keep working out anyway after his
final college season and impressed scouts at his pro day.
Despite not being drafted in April, Streater was targeted
immediately by Oakland and signed as an undrafted free agent. He
made a quick impression at a rookie minicamp and has kept up the
strong performance ever since.
He now has a chance to become the 19th undrafted player since
the 1970 merger to reach 1,000 yards receiving in a single
”He’s done a good job for us,” coach Dennis Allen said. ”He’s
been very consistent and that’s what we’ve come to expect out of
Rod, especially coming in being an undrafted free agent, making his
way into the starting lineup. He’s been a consistent player for
NOTES: WR Denarius Moore returned to practice for the first time
since injuring his shoulder against Houston. His status for this
week is up in the air. … RB Darren McFadden is still sidelined by
an ankle injury that forced him to miss last week’s game. … RB
Jeremy Stewart (ankle, knee) and DL Vance Walker (concussion) also
did not practice. … The Raiders have added LB Eric Harper and WR
Jared Green to the practice squad. Green is the son of Hall of Fame
CB Darrell Green.
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