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ALAMEDA -- Rod Streater, the Raiders' undrafted free agent receiver out of Temple, caught 19 passes as a senior for the Owls. Nineteen. The entire year.Streater, the Raiders' receiving revelation, has 18 receptions in three preseason games. Eighteen. In three preseason games."Thats funny, right?" Streater said with a laugh after he caught a game-high seven passes for 43 yards against Detroit on Saturday."Its a blessing that Im here and Ive got an offense that throws me the ball. I just want to continue to make plays and continue to work hard."Streater has obviously found a certain chemistry with the Raiders quarterbacks. And starter Carson Palmer has a newfound trust in Streater."He's a player," Palmer said. "He didn't come in like he's an undrafted rookie; he doesn't play like he's a rookie. He's special. He's special. And that's pretty obvious. He just wants to get better but there's nothing scared about the way he plays or about the way he prepares."Streater seemed a darkhorse to even make the team coming into training camp. But with Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford slowed by hamstring and foot injuries, Streater jumped on the opportunity.He started against the Lions."He's not intimidated by going with the ones," Palmer said. "Just a ton of upside and I can't wait to keep working with him."Coach Dennis Allen agreed."He's got to continue to develop and get better," Allen said. "I'm not ready to put him in the Hall of Fame. Still got a long way to go but right now, he's made some good progress."And with every rep, one less butterfly flits about in his gut."In the end its just football, and I had to calm down and remember just to play football and do the things I did all camp," Streater said. "Its the same thing."Yes, it's the samebut different.