Alfred State Alum Rod Streater has made the Oakland Raiders 53-man opening day roster. Streater had an impressive preseason and is currently listed 3rd on the depth chart. Streater appeared in all four preseason games for the Raiders and made 18 catches for 165 yards. He averaged 9.2 yards per catch and had a long catch of 18 yards. Streater who spent two years at Alfred State before heading to Temple University was signed by the Raiders after being passed up in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp recently commented on Streater’s progress, “I am surprised how much moxie he has got for a rookie. I kind of knew early on… there was a situation in camp about week two where I lost my vocal chords on the kid, and later in that practice he comes back and makes a big play and I pulled him aside and said that’s exactly what you need to do. If you make a mistake don’t let someone yelling at you, somebody booing at you or somebody critiquing you on the sideline affect how you do the next down and for a rookie he shows a lot of moxie. He is still learning how to release versus press coverage and fortunately for us we have got a couple of good corners to work on every day. That’s a part of his game that most rookies have to work on is getting off the bump coverage, but he has also handled a lot. He has played two positions for us and for a rookie that’s not usually the case for a receiver. So he has played both the “X” and the “F” and that’s been a pleasant surprise from a rookie receiver.” The Raiders open up their 2012 regular season on Monday Night Football on Sept. 10th when they take on the San Diego Chargers. Opening kickoff is at 10:15 p.m.