The Oakland Raiders received a major boost with the return of wide receiver Rod Streater to practice Wednesday. Streater had missed some time with a concussion and had to complete the NFL protocol before returning. That has occurred and Streater was back on the field working, needing only a few days to recover.
“Nah. I’m not foggy,” Streater said. “I just had to go through the whole process with the concussion thing. It wasn’t too serious, it was a minor one. A little headache. But I’m back out there."
With Streater's return, the Raiders offense is continuing to gel and make progress. The passing game never consistently produced in 2013, averaging only 208.8 yards per game. The additions to the offense this offseason, including quarterback Matt Schaub, has given the Raiders a deeper pool of talent and Streater is seeing the results.
“Compared to where we were last year, it’s looking way better,” Streater said of the offense. “This two-minute drill ended with a touchdown. So I think we’re way ahead of where we were last year. We took the time at the OTAs and mini-camp to stay around, throw a little bit, and right before this camp in July we threw a little bit. So I felt like the timing is way better than it’s been.”
Streater has progressed quickly in two seasons in Oakland. Last year, he had his best season as a pro leading the Raiders in receptions with 64, receiving yards with 888, and first down catches with 39. He will get the opportunity to continue his ascension in the Raiders passing game this season with all the experience he has gained.
“Yeah, I feel confident, I feel like all the work we did this offseason really helped me,” Streater said. “I’ve been working really hard, just on and off the field, learning the game. Just experience and playing two years in the National Football League, I felt like I learned a lot. So this year I feel like I can go out there and be confident and play fast and hard.”
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