Ranking the Oakland Raiders Top Five Wide Receivers
By Austin Gayle
Sep 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater (80) celebrates after scoring on a 12-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
#3: Rod Streater
The Oakland Raiders’ receiving corps was doomed for an unfortunate season in 2014 as soon as the team’s No. 1 receiver went down with a season-ending injury in Week 3. Rod Streater, Oakland’s leading receiver in 2013, suffered from a fractured foot that put him on injured reserve after registering just nine receptions for 84 yards and one touchdown on the season.
The undrafted receiving prospect (yes another undrafted receiver) out of Temple has had 108 receptions for 1,556 yards and 8 touchdowns in his three-year career in the NFL. Streater had his most impressive season in 2015, as he brought in 60 receptions for 888 yards and four touchdowns.
After missing nearly the entire 2014 season with a foot injury Streater has been highly motivated to get back to work this offseason and is hopeful of starting right where he left off.
“I really had to mature and it was just new to me,” said Streater to Rebecca Corman of Raiders.com when asked about his time spent off the field in 2014. “I had great trainers around me to help me get back and get my mind right. When I found out I wasn’t coming back, it really hurt. I worked hard this offseason, and to make sure I was strong to come back this year.
Streater is a complete NFL receiver. He is a successful route runner from both the outside and slot position and demonstrates solid technique and effort when blocking in the run game, but most of all, Streater is a very determined individual that will do anything necessary for his team to win.
“So I just try to mentor them,” said Streater to Corman regarding the younger receivers on the roster. “Being an undrafted guy making the team, I try to guide them like, ‘You’ve got to work hard. You’ve got to do this. You’ve got to do that.’ I just want to be like the guy that helped them anytime they need any advice…. I want the whole group to do good. Whatever I can do to help, whatever problems I went through and I can give advice to the young guy, I try to be there for him. That’s going to help us grow as a team and grow as a unit.”
Streater is expected to have a strong impact in next season as the No. 3 or No. 2 receiver, but his impact is not limited to the amount of production he has on the field. Streater works hard to prepare both him and his teammates to be the best that they can be, and that is what will make all the difference for the Raiders’ receiving corps in 2015.
Next: #2: Michael Crabtree