Rookie WR Rod Streater impresses for Raiders
It's been quite an impressive performance from a player who was passed over by all 32 teams in the NFL draft.
Streater never got much of a chance to show what he could do in college. He played defensive back and receiver for two years in junior college at Alfred State before transferring to Temple.
The Owls weren't much of a throwing team and Streater had just 49 catches in two seasons there, including only 19 his senior season.
That was a big reason why he never expected to have a chance in the NFL. But he decided he would keep working out anyway after his final college season and impressed scouts at his pro day.
Despite not being drafted in April, Streater was targeted immediately by Oakland and signed as an undrafted free agent. He made a quick impression at a rookie minicamp and kept up the strong performance throughout OTAs, minicamp and training camp.
A strong exhibition season helped him make the roster and he has been a valuable contributor all season for Oakland.
"He's been making plays since he's been here," said Oakland receiver Jacoby Ford, who has been injured all season. "He looked up to us. We told him, 'You just got to go out there and make plays.' I told him yesterday, I said, 'They're going to give you guys some opportunities to make plays and they're going to throw it up. Just take advantage of your opportunity.' And that's exactly what he does. He just makes plays week in, week out."
NOTES: The Raiders were granted a one-day extension to sell enough tickets to avoid a local blackout. The team has been blacked out just once the past two years. ... S Tyvon Branch missed his third straight practice with injuries to his neck and ankle. ... DT Richard Seymour tweaked his hamstring that sidelined him the past five weeks. ... DT Christo Bilukidi returned after missing practice Wednesday with an illness. ... LB Rolando McClain had nothing to say about his recent suspension, saying "coach covered everything."
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