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Streater went from looking for a job in the real world to a Raiders keeper

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At this time last year, wide receiver Rod Streater was winding down his football career at Temple and contemplating life in the communications field. Today, he is, perhaps, the Raiders most productive wide receiver, at least of late.
Credit the Raiders for seeing in Streater something that 31 other teams didn’t as Streater went undrafted in the seven-round process last April.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie signed Streater soon after the draft, in part because of what a Raiders scout saw from Streater at his pro day workout before the NFL draft.
Now, Streater has developed into a keeper as the Raiders look to the future. He has 28 receptions for 429 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.
“Streater, really, the last couple of games has made some big plays for us,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “That’s good to see him, from a young player’s perspective.”
On Thursday night, Streater backed up a 96-yard effort against the Cleveland Browns with a four-catch, 100-yard game.
Not bad for a guy that caught only 19 passes his final season at Temple and wasn’t on the radar of many, if any, NFL teams.
“It’s a crazy feeling,” Streater said Friday. “I thought football was over for me. I was just looking at getting a job. Then you come here and the game’s on your hands. It’s a lot of pressure and then it’s not. It’s what you prepare for. It’s what you want to do as a kid growing up. You want to be Thursday night football making that game-winning touchdown. It’s a good feeling.”
Streater is the kind of player Allen and the Raiders are looking for as they move forward in their rebuilding process. He works hard, is diligent about correcting his mistakes and finding ways to get better.
“I’m getting better,” Streater said. “I didn’t have as many mental errors. My effort is good, so I did pretty good but, in the end, we didn’t win, so I always grade myself down regardless.”
Third-year receiver Jacoby Ford said he told Streater and the other young receivers that now is their time to get noticed.
“We always have one every year,” Ford said of the Raiders penchant for finding young receivers of late. “He’s been making plays since he’s been here. 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.”

— Allen said running back Darren McFadden appears to be fine on the heels of the aggravated ankle sprain he suffered against the Broncos.
Allen said he expects McFadden to be “fine.” McFadden missed four straight games with the ankle injury he suffered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 4. Lats night was his first game back.
“It seemed like he was going to be OK,” Allen said. “He was walking around fine, didn’t have a lot of pain. I don’t think it’s an injury that’s going to keep him out any time.”
McFadden rushed 11 times for 52 yards, with 36 yards coming on one carry. He averaged 1.6 yards on his 10 other carries.

— Cornerback Michael Huff suffered a wrist injury against the Broncos and missed a large portion of the game. Allen said X-rays on Huff’s wrist returned negative. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI today.
“I don’t think it’s a major issue, but we’ll kind of have to wait and see,” Allen said.

— Starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain’s two-game suspension ends Monday. Allen said he will discuss how the Raiders plan to proceed at that time.
The Raiders will have to make a roster move if they opt to allow McClain back into the fold. If not, they will be forced to waive McClain or place him on a reserve list of some kind.

— Running back Taiwan Jones just can’t seem to get on the field, other than on special teams. To that end, he said he is open to the prospect of converting to cornerback, if that’s what it means for him to play more.
“Yeah, I’ve thought about it a lot,” Jones said. “Really, I just love playing football. If they need me to play defense, I’d be pretty happy with that.”
Jones played cornerback in high school and his first year in college. The Raiders selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft, but Jones hasn’t been used much in either of his first two seasons.
Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp have offered a variety of reasons for not playing Jones on offense — blocking assignments, injuries putting him behind, ball-handling issues and so on.
Yet, Jones said he feels as if he is adept at all those things and just needs an opportunity to show what he can do in a regular-season game.
“I really don’t know, like, exactly why I’m not getting the carries,” Jones said. “I’m at a point where I can’t control it, so I really don’t worry about it. That’s why I’m really giving it all I got on special teams.”
Jones said his coaches know how eager he is to play more. Best he can tell, he isn’t doing anything that might preclude him from getting a shot.
“I practice just like all the other running backs and I feel like I do a pretty good job of not having too many mental errors,” Jones said. “I know my effort is there. It’s not my decision to make.”
This came on a day when Allen talked about the need to take a look at young, inexperienced players the final three games, with an eye toward seeing what the Raiders have for next season and beyond.
“As we go along, these last three games, we really need to evaluate some of these young guys and see what we have going forward into next year,” Allen said.

— When Allen talks about the future, he said he and McKenzie are in lock-step. For now, the challenge is trying to win games between now and the end of the season, while working in the younger players.
“All of us, as competitors, we want to win,” Allen said. “That’s what it’s all about. But I also understand, and I’ve got a big-picture view of what I want this football team to look like. Reggie and I have talked about it.
“We knew what we were dealing with when we came here. We knew we had some depth issues on the roster, and we couldn’t sustain a lot of injuries. We’ve sustained a few injuries in some spots. We all want to win, and I understand that. And I want to win now, but I’m looking at the long-term future of this team. We’ve got to prepare for the future.”
When asked how close that picture looks compared to the one he sees now, Allen declined to say how long he envisions the two meshing.
“I wouldn’t put any time frame on it,” Allen said. “It’s going to take time. It doesn’t happen with one decision. It’s a accumulation of decisions made over time that gets everything to be exactly how you want it.”

— Wide receiver Denarius Moore caught four passes against the Broncos and looked much sharper than he did against the Browns, in particular, and in recent games.
“He responded to a couple of down weeks,” Allen said. “He came back out and responded to adversity. Like we have talked to the players, adversity doesn’t define who you are, it’s how you respond to adversity that tells a lot about who you are. And he responded well.”

— Ford made a rare appearance in the locker room, which isn’t surprising for a player that is on season-ending injured reserve.
Ford got out of the walking boot that he needed after a foot surgery in September. Now his sights are set upon getting back into tip-top shape so that he can rejoin his teammates for the 2013 season.
“I feel like a normal person again,” Ford said. “I can put on a regular shoe, walk around. But it feels good. It took awhile. It was a long little process to go through, but it’s something I’m getting through pretty well, though.”
Ford suffered his injury in an exhibition game against the Arizona Cardinals. He didn’t play in another game and ultimately got shut down for the season with a Lisfranc injury.
Ford said he intends to remain in the Bay Area during the offseason so that he can work his way back into shape, while under the watchful eyes of team trainers. He’s also fired up about the Raiders offense upon his return.
“If we get everybody healthy and on the field at the same time, we definitely could be a really dynamic offense,” Ford said. “That’s just something we’ve got to get to in the offseason, to make it to the season.”

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  • VanHeathen30

    DJ Johnny: Absolutey…miss the intensity of waking up Sundays for games that matter…
    Been way too long, and the fans of this team deserve MUCH Better than anything this team has provided this season…
    This IS the best fan base in the NFL, even though nit may be at an all time low right now.

  • VanHeathen30

    JHill….The 1 guy on the D that DA could probably ‘go’ with would be Romac..
    Romac, would swing and miss, and miss and miss…
    Then he’d go looking for one of his ‘boys’ to fight for him.

  • You guys think Titty Monkey is tough? LOL
    Standing up for a guy like McClain doesn’t make him tough. McClain is a coward.

  • Preppie!!!
    Where have you been dude?
    I hope all is well with you and your family.

  • J Hill

    DJ,

    I don’t know that anyone is “excited” about having DA as a HC next year. I support him though if for no other reason than he is our HC right now. He had to SETTLE for Knapp and Tarver.

    Gruden fantasy is like a guy thinking of a hot one from the past. Of course you would want to hit that again but the reality is she is 31 with 3 kids now and not 23.

  • VanHeathen30

    3 yds and a cloud of dirt would be welcom after this DISASTER of an Offense.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Just Fire Baby

    Dude I have not heard from you since before the game, and no reports from you on the game, tailgating etc..

    Hope all is well and you ain’t the guy that took a dive off the 3rd deck.

    Where are you CHICO? Chico lives!!!

    Getting out of Oaktown alive can be a difficult task.

  • The Big Banana

    DJ Johnny Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 9:27 am
    jesusraiderjim Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 8:52 am
    Coulda , shoulda, woulda,, The Raiders should have just hired DelRio to D coordinator. We would be much better off right now. He was a local guy and knows D.

    The biggest disappointment to me is that DA is defensive minded coach and we have the worst D ever.

    Yeah. I don’t get how guys are down on SB winning coach and yet excited about a “defensive minded coach” who has worst d ever and is 3-10 and has been blownout 5 of the 6 games…and lost 6 in a row,

    ——–

    Quite the mystery there.

  • J Hill

    Here come the 55 jokes …

    Shoulda seen that coming.

    Ok.

    DAs dad raised a punk.

    Next topic.

  • The Big Banana

    J Hill Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 9:36 am
    DJ,

    I don’t know that anyone is “excited” about having DA as a HC next year. I support him though if for no other reason than he is our HC right now. He had to SETTLE for Knapp and Tarver.

    Gruden fantasy is like a guy thinking of a hot one from the past. Of course you would want to hit that again but the reality is she is 31 with 3 kids now and not 23.

    I’ll take the hot 31 year old with 3 kids over the dogface young girl with all the wrong curves.

  • VanHeathen30

    55 is a Joke, and his on field performance is the punch line…

  • J Hill

    Is it ok for us to talk about Grudens resume, lol?

    As far as him helping us get wins, how would he help?

    Why should we be excited about Gruden controlling the roster and draft? Where is his experience in that arena?

  • DJ Johnny

    J Hill Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 9:36 am
    DJ,

    I don’t know that anyone is “excited” about having DA as a HC next year. I support him though if for no other reason than he is our HC right now. He had to SETTLE for Knapp and Tarver.

    Gruden fantasy is like a guy thinking of a hot one from the past. Of course you would want to hit that again but the reality is she is 31 with 3 kids now and not 23.

    I’d prefer the 31 yr. old actually lol.

    Yeah, while i am convinced that they DID meet about Gruden coming, it’s only speculation from Hub Arkush and others that Oakland is the destination. Although Gannon said something about Gruden telling HIM that he’d like to come back here…my gut says he’s already turned it down anyway.

    I’d like to see Gruden back and if it’s not Gruden, than i am for giving DA another shot. Gruden or bust i guess.

    Hub said something that stuck with me…well many things actually, but he said Cowher, Parcells, Holmgren and Gruden are all potential franchise changers and there’s a reason they are the most sought after prizes IF you have a shot at them. He said how can you not bring them on if u have a chance to?

  • J Hill

    55 basically went on the field and told DA that he sucks and he can’t wait for Gruden to get here. Same thing all of you are saying, lol.

    So if 55 is right, like you guys are, why are you mad at him?

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says: Trade DMAC!================

    This seems vaguely familiar.

  • J Hill

    I’d like to see Gruden back and if it’s not Gruden, than i am for giving DA another shot. Gruden or bust i guess.

    ——————————————————————————-

    I’ve been saying bring Gruden back since he left.

    I could understand a change to Gruden in the offseason.

    I’ll believe it when I see it though. And right now, I’m more focused on upgrading the roster REGARDLESS of the HC.

  • VanHeathen30

    55 is a lazy slug of an NFL player…
    Hasn’t made his body or mind anymore prepared to play on Sunday than he was when he got here.
    Add the off field BS and the kid is a bum!
    Probably the ONLY guy without the right to call out the lame azz coaching…

  • VanHeathen30

    Wow…what is that play called when the Offensive player carries the ball into he End Zone for 6 points?
    These teams on Red Zone seem to do it with much enthusiasm….
    Looks like fun for the fans…

  • Where are you CHICO? Chico lives!!!

    Getting out of Oaktown alive can be a difficult task.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    LOL
    Chico!!

  • RaiderReggie

    Michael Vick will be here next season to compete with Carson Palmer for the starting qb position. Carson need some competition.

  • VanHeathen30 Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 10:17 am
    Wow…what is that play called when the Offensive player carries the ball into he End Zone for 6 points?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Wait…… You are allowed to do that?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    Seriously, why would anyone want to give DA another year? You really like losing?

  • DJ Johnny

    Raider O Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 10:28 am
    VanHeathen30 Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 10:17 am
    Wow…what is that play called when the Offensive player carries the ball into he End Zone for 6 points?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Wait…… You are allowed to do that?

    I’ve seen the teams we play against do that thing and they seem to enjoy it, and we seem really nice about letting them do it too.

  • SilverLining20

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 10:35 am
    Seriously, why would anyone want to give DA another year? You really like losing?

    ************
    And it’s not a record thing, but the decline in play since the Falcons game.

  • J Hill Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 9:51 am
    55 basically went on the field and told DA that he sucks and he can’t wait for Gruden to get here. Same thing all of you are saying, lol.

    So if 55 is right, like you guys are, why are you mad at him?
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Because his performance is below avg, and he was a 1st round pick (top 10).

  • Al_is_theraiders

    Yeah, I just don’t understand why DA would have any support any…. He hasn’t shown the ability to lead this team…

  • VanHeathen30

    How did DA EVER get a 4 yr deal?
    What did Reggie tell Mark?
    “Hey Boss, I got this kid to take the gig, only met him once, had NEVER heard his name before and , my GUT tells me he’s the guy”
    “Let’s strap ourselves to him for four years, cause my GUT says he’s the right guy for the job,..Oh Yeah, by the way, he’s never been a Head Coach at any level, but my GUT says he’s gonna be a great one”…
    What a horrible example of how to hire a HC…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    McClain will go to another team and blow… DA cannot lead… His “it” factor would be ok for college…. These guys are grown men….another year of losing….c’mon.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    Lol…blow up^

  • Purvisman/Intrepid// Full Disclosure

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    McClain will go to another team and blow…

    Lol…blow up^==============================

    You were right the first time.

  • RaiderLen

    Morning Fellas.

    Cincinnati has a 1st, around 20, and two seconds, around 5 and 20.

    Looking at the trade value chart used by GM’s, ON PAPER the potential for a trade down deal exists.

    If we end up with the 3rd pick overall…2250 pts

    We send it to Cincy for their 1st (#20)..850 pts
    and their two 2nds (#5)…530 pts & #20)..380 pts.

    Would you do it? I would.

  • Try Some Reality

    So Jason Simpson did it? The things you learn in the iba blog…

  • MaddenRaiderisadouchebag

    I’d like to see Gruden back and if it’s not Gruden, than i am for giving DA another shot. Gruden or bust i guess.

    =============

    There are other candidates I would prefer over T!ts…David Shaw, the Whiners OC, Chip Kelly, Del Rio, and of course bringing back Hue.

  • VanHeathen30

    What’s it called when the Defensive Player catches a pass thrown by the opposing teams QB?
    Just saw one, and the guy returned it for one of those Touch Down thingy’s…
    Nice play…

  • MaddenRaiderisadouchebag

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 10:35 am
    Seriously, why would anyone want to give DA another year? You really like losing?

    ============

    Josh McDaniels is what we got now. Maybe that’s why Dungver didn’t run up the score. When Hue put 59 on them they fired their coach.

  • VanHeathen30

    Reggie should have to fire his brother and hire DA as Asst. GM…it would be a promotion of sorts and DA wouldn’t get pride for nothing…picking up Reggie’s Coffee and Meals is a BIG job…got to feed the gut.
    Maybe he should skip the ‘breakfast desert’ portion of his diet, though..

  • oklahomaRaider18

    Sterling Moore is a cowboy!!!

  • VanHeathen30

    No AFC West team wants DA fired…
    He’s the best job security those guys have.

  • Try Some Reality

    SilverLining20 Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 10:39 am
    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 10:35 am
    Seriously, why would anyone want to give DA another year? You really like losing?

    ************
    And it’s not a record thing, but the decline in play since the Falcons game.

    ========================

    That’s just it. I can handle double digit losses. It’s the way in which this team has played that has me concerned. Flat, uninspired, 3 quarters of garbage finished off with 1 quarter of “too little, too late”.

    We’ve been completely embarrased. I’m not seeing a well-coached team out there. Sorry.

  • VanHeathen30

    Sterling has been employed since he left…
    But he wasn’t good enough for this crappy roster.
    WTF Reginald?

  • RaidingTexas

    VanHeathen30 Says:

    What’s it called when the Defensive Player catches a pass thrown by the opposing teams QB?
    Just saw one, and the guy returned it for one of those Touch Down thingy’s…
    Nice play…

    ———————————–

    That’s what happens when you have ball-hawking playmakers. I remember when we had those.

  • RaidingTexas

    VanHeathen30 Says:

    Sterling has been employed since he left…
    But he wasn’t good enough for this crappy roster.
    WTF Reginald?

    ——————————-

    Employed as a practice squad guy. The Cowboys poached him off the Pats PS.

    But anyway, it was Al Davis who released Moore. He was cut by the Raiders in September 2011.

    Let’s stop pretending that every single personnel problem with this team is Reggie’s fault.

  • Raider Riff

    Jesusraiderjim Says:
    December 7th, 2012 at 4:04 pm
    Without going into detail lets just get a blog survey of yes or no for GRUDEN as HC only (no GM powers)

    PROPOSITION GRUDEN

    yes no

    yes – Jesusraiderjim
    yes – raider riff
    yes – MiamiRaider78
    yes – JONGRUDEN2013
    yes – eastoaklandraider
    yes – Poprox13
    yes – Nw8r
    yes – Greg Papa
    yes – Jackie Bibby
    yes – RaiderLen
    yes – Dakota
    yes – Kirk
    yes – Fingers
    yes – GG
    yes – RaiderJambo
    yes – JLofty
    yes – RaidingTexas
    no – Zymurge
    yes – Inonewordraider
    yes – Hendu
    yes – RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit
    yes – GreatWhiteRaider
    no – ESTERIK78
    yes – Chuck
    yes – VanHeathen30
    yes – Godeep
    no – Just Win Baby
    yes – Rich Gannon
    no – ArtilleryShell
    yes – MEX_GHOST
    no – JB
    yes – Chris in NY
    no – 8RaiderReign8
    yes – MaddenRaiderisadouchebag
    no – Raider Guy
    no – Purvisman
    yes – Al_is_theraiders
    yes – Rudegruden
    yes – CDERaider
    yes – Zopi
    yes – R8eray
    yes – R8drinOK
    no – Shutdown
    yes – RaiderSam
    yes – DJ Johnny
    no – Jackasspuria
    no – RaiderDuck
    yes – RaidO
    yes – Sullivan44
    yes – 303Raider
    yes – 504 Raider
    yes – DT42
    yes – Try Some Reality
    yes – Back-N-Black
    yes – Dr Roberts
    no – SnB Offense Defense Specialteams
    no – McFadden20
    yes – Youngtex47
    yes – Coach456
    no – Plunketthead
    yes – Carl Weathers
    yes – Oakfshow
    yes – The Big Banana
    no – Seymour Bush
    yes – Kiwi_Blade
    yes – Big Pep
    no – RaiderRockStar
    yes – dDwight
    no – Lefty12
    no – J Hill
    yes – C2E
    no – Silverandblack666
    yes – Tuckrulefool
    yes – RaiderDanny

    undecided – Kell
    undecided – Morrilla

    55 – 19

    (DISCLAIMER: for the HC position only, we agree we dont want Gruden as GM/HC)

  • RaidingTexas

    Sterling Moore only runs a 4.54 40. There was absolutely no way he was ever going to be a Raiders CB while Al was alive.

  • Raider Riff

    RaiderLen Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 11:04 am
    Morning Fellas.

    Cincinnati has a 1st, around 20, and two seconds, around 5 and 20.

    Looking at the trade value chart used by GM’s, ON PAPER the potential for a trade down deal exists.

    If we end up with the 3rd pick overall…2250 pts

    We send it to Cincy for their 1st (#20)..850 pts
    and their two 2nds (#5)…530 pts & #20)..380 pts.

    Would you do it? I would.

    ———

    Wow. So we’re basically going to be trading away our top 5 pick to get our 2nd rounder back.

    Uggh. That stings.

  • Raider Riff

    Try Some Reality Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 11:06 am
    So Jason Simpson did it? The things you learn in the iba blog…

    —————

    That was what I was left to believe for the last decade.

    Then while I was typing up my account of the events, unbeknownst to me, GG posts the article about the book and public accusations.

    You can imagine my shock after I hit submit. I definitely DID NOT expect to see that another member of this board posted other evidence to back up my story.

    I honestly thought I’d go to my grave occassionally telling the OJ story to people without anyone ever having heard a similar take on it.

  • RaiderLen

    Wow. So we’re basically going to be trading away our top 5 pick to get our 2nd rounder back.

    Uggh. That stings.
    ——————————————
    Our top 5 for picks #20, #37, and #52.

    #37 is the pick we gave to Cincy.

  • J Hill

    Keep our top 5 pick!!!!

    NO to trading down!

    NT, OT, DE at 3!

    Top 3 pick, we’ll get Star Lotuleilei or this Moore kid, if he doesn’t go back to school.

  • VanHeathen30

    Yeah…Fat Reg just swapped our PS players for Green Bay’s…
    Probably an upgrade, but not very creative or inspired.

  • RaiderLen

    J Hill Says:
    December 9th, 2012 at 11:32 am
    Keep our top 5 pick!!!!

    NO to trading down!

    NT, OT, DE at 3!

    Top 3 pick, we’ll get Star Lotuleilei or this Moore kid, if he doesn’t go back to school.
    ————————————————–
    LOL

    Wassup J Hill

    We’ve got a lot of hole’s to fill.

    Because of that, I’d lean towards the multiple picks, but as long as Reggie nails the top 3 pick, I’m cool with that too.