Rod Streater: From Undrafted Free Agent to Raiders Top Receiver

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater spent much of the offseason developing a close connection with quarterback Terrelle Pryor, so it was no surprise to see the two teammates get off to a fast start during last week’s season-opening loss in Indianapolis.

Then again, nothing Streater does these days is much of a surprise anymore.

Since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent last season, the 6’3’’, 200-pound Streater has been steadily rising up the Oakland depth chart. He started two games as a rookie and was in the lineup again last week against the Colts, tying Denarius Moore for the team lead with five catches.

It wasn’t just the numbers that made Streater stand out.

The second-year pro has a knack for getting open when plays break down, something Pryor discovered firsthand in the loss to Indianapolis.

In the first half Pryor, scrambled to his right looking for an open man. Streater, lined up on the right side, took off downfield and cut toward the sideline on an out pattern, but he quickly altered his route after seeing Pryor flushed out of the pocket. Streater sprinted about five more yards upfield then quickly reversed direction and worked back toward Pryor, who found his favorite target for an 18-yard completion.

Then, in the fourth quarter, Streater had to improvise again after the pass protection for Pryor broke down. He ran a button hook on the left side but had to change his pattern as Pryor tried to buy time. When the quarterback turned back to the left side and then ran again toward the right, Streater followed suit until Pryor hit him with a 17-yard completion down to the 2-yard line.

“He’s real good at just following and being able to move with me,” Pryor said. “Instead of just standing still, he moves up and down (the field).”

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