Receiver Rod Streater’s contract year in Oakland consisted of one game in September, which forced him to take a one-year, bargain basement deal with the Chiefs in order to prove himself all over again. From a health standpoint, Streater says there’s nothing keeping him from producing.
“I’m ready to go,” Streater told reporters during a Tuesday conference call. “I’ll be out there in a couple weeks, hopefully throwing with Alex Smith and the guys. I’m ready to go.”
Streater has been healthy for a while, after a foot injury derailed his season in 2014, limiting him to three games. Last year, he played in only one games, due to a numbers game at the position.
“They kind of had who they wanted to play, had a bunch of great receivers last year,” Streater said of the 2015 Raiders. “They produced. I kind of fell back on the depth chart, but I was a healthy scratch and gave it my all in practice and was ready to go, but you’ve got to respect the coaches and what their decision was.”
Streater’s decision was to stay in the division, with an offense he found attractive to his skill set, even thought he’ll make $810,000 with an opportunity to earn another $1 million based on playing time, touchdowns, receptions, and receiving yards.
“I love his offense,” Streater said of head coach Andy Reid. “He gets the ball out pretty fast. I watched [Jeremy Maclin] over the past year and the other receivers. They get the ball fast to make one guy miss and go the distance, so it’s really, really interesting and it’s a great philosophy he has going on there. I feel like, you know, I can get the ball and come big, and whether it’s inside or outside like I said, YAC is very important I feel like. Get the ball and take it the distance. I have the speed and size so however I can contribute, I’m just ready to go.”
The Raiders have the weapons to not miss Streater, but Streater could end up being a factor in Kansas City. He had 60 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns in his second NFL season, before a foot injury and a glut of wideouts limited him to four games in two seasons.