Rod Streater continues unlikely journey

August, 22, 2012
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Rod Streater is one of the reasons why Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer doesn’t think the Raiders need to pursue his former teammate, Chad Johnson.

Streater, an undrafted free agent from Temple, has been a star for Oakland since offseason workouts began. He was great in training camp and he has 13 catches in two preseason games. The Raiders clearly think a lot of him.

With starter Denarius Moore (hamstring) and No. 3 receiver Jacoby Ford (foot) not practicing, Streater was reportedly working with the first team on Wednesday. He should get some valuable playing time Saturday against Detroit in the most important preseason game of the summer.

There is a strong chance Streater, who is 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, will get valuable playing time in the regular season too. This is stunning for a rookie free agent and he does look read.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. is a big fan and he thinks Streater is up for the task.

“Streater’s pure size, speed and athletic ability are very noticeable right off the bat and he adjusts well to the ball in the air,” Williamson said. “I’m shocked he fell through the cracks. His size could separate him from the other Raiders’ speed receivers, particularly in the red zone.”

Streater’s rise to playing time will be fun to watch once the regular season and if his performance so far this summer shows, he should be up to the task.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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