There’s a question that’s been being kicked around every water cooler from New York to Seattle where anyone playing in dynasty league stops to converse – who is Rod Streater?
The simple answer is Streater is a receiver from Oakland who has taken his chance in training camp and run with it. Through three preseason games, he has an amazing 18 catches for 165 yards on a gaudy 23 total targets. With Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford both dealing with injuries, Streater has taken full advantage of starting and has become one of the biggest surprises in camp.
The amazing part of Streater’s emergence is the fact he caught just 19 passes all last year in college while playing at Temple University. His career stats at Temple aren’t that impressive, either. In two seasons, Streater caught a total of 49 passes for 882 yards and seven touchdowns. He didn’t even start at a D1 school as he transferred there after putting in time at tiny Alfred State.
If you’re looking for Streater’s numbers from the combine, you won’t find them since he didn’t participate. However, he posted the following numbers at his Temple Owls pro day:
Height: 6’2, 3/8″
Hands: 10 1/4″
Arm: 32 1/8″
Wing: 77 3/8″
40 Time: 4.52
Bench Press: 18 reps
Broad Jump: 11’1″
Vertical Leap: 37.5″
As you look over the numbers, there’s really nothing there that stands out as being overly amazing. The thing Streater has is a simple love of football and a solid work ethic. He says he starting playing football at nine years old and knew it was what he wanted to do. He’s been known as a player with a solid work ethic and focus. When you watch his highlight package from Temple, it’s obvious he has a nose for the ball as well:
Unfortunately for Streater, he was left undrafted in April, but signed with the Raiders shortly after the NFL Draft. By June, he was filling in for the injured Denarius Moore on the first team and making spectacular catches in virtually every practice, prompting us to mention him as a deep sleeper prior to the Raiders preseason opener. He certainly hasn’t made us look bad so far!
The future for Streater is very much unknown. The Raiders love Denarius Moore, but he simply can’t shake those hamstring problems. Darrius Heyward-Bey has developed into a consistent option (who thought we’d ever say that), but beyond that, the Raiders receiving corps is in flux. Jacoby Ford can’t stay healthy and Juron Criner is just now coming on late. It’s been noted that Streater has outplayed Criner, his fellow rookie teammate, in virtually every practice.
Streater is a player who you can pick up and stash on your bench for the time being, knowing that he does have some very good ability. If the injuries keep piling up for the Raiders, he’s a darkhorse candidate to give you some production as early as this season.
Dynasty leagues are all about finding those hidden gems and Streaters has certainly fit the bill so far.