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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Who Is The Unknown Raider?

The development of Raider wide receiver Rod Streater (6’3” 200) was a pleasant surprise in an otherwise dismal Raider season in 2012. Streater went undrafted out of Temple (who plays in a primarily run based offense) and with limited touches in college allowed his talent to slip by many NFL teams in the 2012 draft. During the 2012 season Streater broke into the Monday Night Football lineup for one game. This is semi remarkable when considering he was passed on by the entire NFL at one point. The last five games of the season Streater solidified himself as a productive player on the team averaging 73.4 yards a game (96,100,62,16,77) and averaging nearly 4 catches a  game.

  Streater, heading into his second season as a professional NFL player will challenge for a starting spot and end the season around 1000 yards receiving. With the release Darrius Heyward-Bey in the offseason and a healthy second year wide receiver Juron Criner (6’3” 221) looking to play. Look for Criner and Streater in the number two wide receiver spot with one of them ending up in the slot. Expect this with speedster Denarius Moore (6’0” 190) in his third year to stretch the field for the bigger possession receivers and open things up underneath for guys like fullback Marcel Reece (4th year veteran and Pro Bowler who with 496 yards recieving).  Streater’s body control, crisp route running, and ability to learn the NFL game is going to make him a potential Pro-Bowler and  NFL fixture for years to come.


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