ALAMEDA –It wasn’t long ago that Rod Streater was the Raiders’ leading receiver. He had 888 receiving yards in 2013 while catching passes from Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and Matt Flynn
Streater spent most of last year on the shelf nursing a foot fractured in Week 3. His return this season was slowed by prolonged illness in training camp, an absence that put him behind in a competitive position group. He never got back in the mix.
Streater played 10 offensive snaps in Week 1 and none since, typically ending up inactive on game day. The offense features Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, Seth Roberts in the slot and Andre Holmes in reserve.
Raider Nation continues to ask about Streater, a fan favorite who is active in the community, and why he isn’t playing. The answer is simple: He’s behind four receivers of quality.
“It’s a tough situation for him,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said on Tuesday. “He’s done everything we’ve asked. He’s a great young man. He practices hard every week. He gets himself prepared. He knows if anything were to happen, he’s going to be called on. But we have a good group.
“We have a good group that’s played well all year and remained healthy. I admire him and I’ve told him this several times. It’s not easy to do what he’s doing, but I really appreciate it and respect it. He’s given us everything he has every day. He continues to work on his craft. As long as those guys are staying healthy right now, it’s tough to get him up (and active for games).”
Streater signed a second-round contract tender as a restricted free agent worth $2.356 million. He is an unrestricted free agent at seasons’s end.