Oakland Raiders: Player Focus: WR-Rod Streater

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Dec 2, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater (80) is defended by Cleveland Browns defensive back Buster Skrine (22) on a 64-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter at the O.co Coliseum. The Browns defeated the Raiders 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Over the many great years of the Oakland Raiders storied franchise there has been a wide receiver who was the guy.  Receivers like Warren Wells, Fred Biletnikoff, Cliff Branch, Tim Brown, and, yes even the best receiver of all time, Jerry Rice.  All these receivers had one thing in common, they knew how to get open when their quarterback needed it most.  A new era has begun in Oakland.  Young receivers are trying to make names for themselves.  One name in particular stands out above the rest, Rod Streater.

Wide receiver Rod Streater wasn’t drafted in 2012.  Coming out of Temple University, Streater had to prove his worth to the NFL.  He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders, and he immediately made his presence known by being a camp standout.  Eventually, Streater worked his way into the starting line-up behind Darius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore.  In 2012, Streater caught 39 passes for 584 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Not a bad start for his rookie season.

Entering into the 2013 season, the Raiders were looking to one of the current receivers on the roster to emerge as the #1 guy.  Streater put in the extra work in the off-season.  He added muscle mass to his body, studied film, and he worked out with Terrelle Pryor in order to build the necessary chemistry for any tandem in the NFL.  Furthermore, he worked extra hard on improving his route running.  Now, he must find a way to get open.

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