- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Oakland Raiders’ roster is getting younger as the team rebuilds and tries to find the right pieces for the future.
One of those players may be second-year receiver Rod Streater. He opened eyes last season as an undrafted rookie from Temple. A raw player in college, Streater impressed Oakland from minicamps on. He finished his first NFL season with 39 catches.
With Darrius Heyward-Bey released because of salary-cap issues and Jacoby Ford coming off a foot injury, Streater has a chance to start alongside Denarius Moore. Oakland coach Dennis Allen said recently he hopes Streater continues to make strides.
“I want to see him start where he left off, but I want to see continued improvement,” Allen said. “I think the guy's got talent. I think he's a good route-runner. I think he's got good ball skills. I think he'll go up and attack the ball. I think he's a tough kid. I think he believes in a lot of the things I'm looking for in a football player.”
As Oakland rebuilds, Streater has a chance to show he can help the team not only in the immediate future, but down the road.