ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Denarius Moore will miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury suffered against the Houston Texans. He hasn’t practiced since landing directly on his shoulder trying to making a leaping catch and, while there’s hope he can return this season, there’s no announced timetable.
That heaps responsibility on second-year pro Rod Streater, the only established receiver healthy enough to play. Moore was the other consistent option, headlining a position group producing precious little.
Streater played well last week as the No. 1 guy, totaling five catches for 93 yards against Tennessee. He has 11 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown since Matt McGloin became the starting quarterback, thanks to precise route running that compliments the undrafted passer’s throwing style.
Streater must produce against Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium if the Raiders stand a chance. Life will get tougher, even against the NFL’s second-worst pass defense. Dallas will stalk Streater, often with safety help, until other Raiders step up in Moore’s absence.
The Raiders understand the importance of Streater’s role, and will try and help him with scheme.
“Especially now with Denarius [Moore] down, we’re going to have to ask Rod to step up and play a number of different positions,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “He’s gladly accepted that role. We’ll continue to move him around and continue to target him as we move through the end of the season. We’re happy with Rod and we’re happy with the season that he’s having.”
Streater has been able to function well without Moore thanks to instant chemistry with McGloin. He worked out all offseason with former starter Terrelle Pryor, but quickly took to a player of contrasting style.
“As we get comfortable and continue to understand each other, I feel like we’re going to continue to grow and make more plays,” Streater told the team website. “This week we have to catch the ball, create separation, protect it.”
Streater has to do something with it after the catch. He’s typically a possession receiver with few yards post-reception, but he’ll have to show Moore’s ability to juke defenders and break free for big plays.
The Raiders have confidence in Streater and his ability to be a go-to guy.
“I’ve been pleased with what I’ve seen out of him,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. It was nice to see that Rod was able to step up with Denarius Moore going down and not being able to play. You need somebody to step up and kind of take over that role, and I thought he did a good job of that last week.”
Raiders Status Report
S Tyvon Branck (ankle), DE Jason Hunter (foot), WR Denarius Moore (shoulder)
LB Kevin Burnett (quad), CB Mike Jenkins (concussion), LB Kaluka Maiava (ribs), RB Darren McFadden (hamstring), LB Sio Moore (shoulder), TE Mychal Rivera, OT Menelik Watson (illness)
DT Daniel Muir (knee)
Cowboys Status Report
CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring), LB Justin Durant (hamstring), WR Dwayne Harris (hamstring), LB DeVonte Holloman (neck), LB Sean Lee (hamstring)
TE Gavin Escobar (hamstring)
DT Jason Hatcher (neck), DT Nick Hayden (ribs)DE George Selvie (shoulder), DE DeMarcus Ware (thigh), S J.J. Wilcox (knee), WR Miles Austin (hamstring), WR Dez Bryant (back)