Monday, March 25, 2013
Raiders have big hopes for Rod Streater
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders’ roster is getting younger as the team rebuilds and tries to find the right pieces for the future.
One of those players may be second-year receiver Rod Streater. He opened eyes last season as an undrafted rookie from Temple. A raw player in college, Streater impressed Oakland from minicamps on. He finished his first NFL season with 39 catches.
With Darrius Heyward-Bey released because of salary-cap issues and Jacoby Ford coming off a foot injury, Streater has a chance to start alongside Denarius Moore. Oakland coach Dennis Allen said recently he hopes Streater continues to make strides.
“I want to see him start where he left off, but I want to see continued improvement,” Allen said. “I think the guy's got talent. I think he's a good route-runner. I think he's got good ball skills. I think he'll go up and attack the ball. I think he's a tough kid. I think he believes in a lot of the things I'm looking for in a football player.”
As Oakland rebuilds, Streater has a chance to show he can help the team not only in the immediate future, but down the road.