After watching game film of Sunday’s loss to the Colts, I am convinced Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater will have a huge year. Streater caught 5 passes for 73 yards but I expect more from Streater in the coming weeks. The 6’2 193 pound Streater went undrafted out of Temple because of lack of production, even though Streater showed great athleticism at his pro day by running a 4.52 40-yard dash and having a 37 ½ in vertical. Last season, Streater showed promise by catching 39 passes for 584 yards but expect him to demolish those numbers this season.
While most wide receivers would lose production because of the switch to Terrelle Pryor from Carson Palmer, Streater will actually fit in better with Pryor at quarterback. On the first play from scrimmage the scrambling Pryor found Streater for a 9 yard pass because Streater rolled his route down the middle of the field. On four of the five Streater receptions, Pryor was scrambling in the backfield when he threw the pass to Streater.
What makes Streater such a dangerous target for Pryor is that Streater is bigger and faster than most slot receivers but has the same route running skills. While Streater won’t necessarily line up in the slot all the time, he was constantly motioning to help clear some space for him on his receptions.In fact, on two of the three times that Pryor’s throws to Streater were not completed, Streater was not motioning but lined up as a typical outside receiver.
From the moment Streater strapped on his silver and black helmet he has astonished the coaching staff with his route running ability and overall football IQ. Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen will allow Streater to use his elite route running skills throughout the season. Don’t be surprised if Streater has more than 80 receptions this season for the silver and black. With Pryor’s athleticism buying Streater time to find the open seam, it will be nearly impossible for opposing defenses to lock up Streater for more than a few seconds.