Rod Streater motivated after foot injury stole 2014 season


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

After breaking out in the 2013 season as one of the bright spots on the Oakland Raiders offense, 2014 was supposed to be the year in which wide receiver Rod Streater became a known commodity in the NFL. Getting an upgrade at quarterback after impressing with limited talents in Terrelle Pryor and undrafted free agent Matt McGloin, many analysts had Streater as an outside candidate to become the first 1000 yard wideout on the Raiders since Randy Moss before 2014 began as the expectations for the former UDFA were high.

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Instead of continuing to become a star, Streater barely got to enjoy the excitement of having a promising rookie quarterback in Derek Carr as he went down for the season following the Raiders Week 3 loss to the New England Patriots. Being shut down due to a season ending foot injury after compiling just nine catches over three games for 84 yards. A disappointment for everyone in the organization who were counting on Streater to be Carr’s top target in his rookie season as the wideout was forced to recover from injury instead of growing his star.

The good news is that Streater didn’t return and risk further injury in the late stages of the 2014 season, making him now 100% for 2015 as training camp nears. A motivated and improved Streater now getting excited to pick up where he left off after the 2013 season as he now looks to make a comeback from adversity and live up to the expectations as a fan favorite who is highly regarded amongst Raiders fans as a star in the making.

Talking to 95.7 The Game, Streater noted that the season ending injury has put positive pressure on himself to make the most of his opportunity in Oakland after having it taken away from him due to the foot problems he suffered in 2014. Mentioning that he has taken an increased focus on eating and training right to prepare for his best season ever in 2015.

“I’ve been putting the pressure pretty hard on [myself],” Streater told 95.7 during an interview last week. “I’ve been changing my workout habits, my eating habits. After breaking the foot, I really changed a lot. That was a wake-up call for me and I had to get things in order.”

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In addition to his personal goals of successfully returning from his season ending injury, Streater also says he has focus on winning a Super Bowl in Oakland.

“I’m trying to go out there and win a Super Bowl,” Streater continued. “That’s what I want to do. Personal goals are cool, but I’m really focused on the team goal. I’m tired of losing. I want to go out here and win, win it all. That’s my biggest goal right there, to win a Super Bowl.”

A Super Bowl may be a few years off for the Raiders, but Streater is not afraid to dream big as he plans to return to the field. With their best receiver group since Streater entered the league with Oakland there will be plenty of help to make a winning season a potential possibility for the long struggling Raiders franchise. If the wins are to come Streater will need to be healthy and better than ever, something that looks like it will happen as after sitting for essentially all of 2014 there will be a focused Rod Streater coming to the field every Sunday. Something that should be scary to opposing cornerbacks.