Streater hopes to reach 1,000 yards, focused on finishing games
Rod Streater has played all 13 games this season and leads the team in receptions and receiving yards. (AP)
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Rod Streater has his sights on 1,000 receiving yards. The Raiders wideout isn’t far away, needing 213 yards over the last three games to reach that milestone.
It would mark a franchise first since 2005, when Randy Moss cleared the bar by five yards.
“I didn’t realize that,” Streater said. “That’s a long time ago.”
The Raiders haven’t had a receiver that steady in seven full seasons. They’ve come close, with several receivers in the 900s, but only Jacksonville has been without one so long.
The milestone would show small sign of progress, especially for a young receiver trying to make a name.
“There’s something about that number you want to get to as a receiver to be considered one of the good ones for the year,” Streater said. “That’s what I’m reaching for, and also to get these last three wins.”
Streater’s goals were far different two seasons ago. He was an undrafted free agent from Temple, just try to make a roster.
“Getting a jersey, that’s all I wanted,” said Streater, who now lays claim No. 80. “Now you have to continue to set the bar high. Now that I’m here I want to keep my competitiveness going up.”
Being a permanent offensive fixture was this season’s primary goal, but Streater’s done more than that. He’s played all 13 games this season. He leads the team in receptions and receiving yards.
Exceeding 1,000 is realistic. Streater just has to match his last three games. He had 280 yards in that span, including a career-best 130 yards and had a touchdown Sunday against the New York Jets. He’s exceeded 80 yards in three of Matt McGloin’s four starts and is on a recent roll.
He’s become a go-to player on a team without a steady receiving threat. He doesn’t have burner speed, but Streater’s a solid possession guy with a penchant for making important catches.
“I feel like the ball is getting there in the area where I can get my hands on it,” Streater said. “The plays are getting called that put me in the right opportunity to get the ball. I feel like it has been an upswing from the beginning to now. I’m just going to keep improving on my game.”
In line image of Rod Streater provided by The Associated Press