It’s training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs and one player making some nice moves is veteran receiver Rod Streater; can the former Oakland Raider be a solid contributor for the Chiefs?
Two years ago the Kansas City Chiefs were hurting for a receiver to step up and be THE guy for the KC. No receiver for the Chiefs caught a touchdown in a long, long time, which prompted the team to acquire one of head coach Andy Reid’s former draft picks in Jeremy Maclin. 2015 proved to be a much better year in terms of wide receiver production Maclin alone hauled in eight touchdowns last year alone, which was a marked improvement.
Even with Maclin coming aboard and being a true number one receiver it was in the number two spot that the Chiefs still felt like they needed help. Now in terms of targets they are doing quite well with tight end Travis Kelce being a good target for quarterback Alex Smith to throw to when a clutch catch is needed. It is after Maclin and Kelce that the production slips.
The Chiefs have Albert Wilson who has the potential to be a great number two for the team. Second year player Chris Conley who is big and fast looks to be an up and coming threat. Mix in other players like Frankie Hammond and they seem to have the depth for a great core. But general manager John Dorsey knows that the team could always use help when it comes to more bodies and training camp is the perfect time to do so.
One player that was brought on by Dorsey was former Oakland Raider Rod Streater. Rod’s best year came in 2013 where he hauled in 60 receptions for 888 yards and 4 scores. it was the following years that were not kind to the Temple wide out. Injuries in 2014 sidelined the player, and 2015 the only played one game for the Raiders before being released by the team and signed by the Chiefs.
Streater is a big receiver for Smith, at 6-foot-2 and weighing 195 he presents a big target area. His health is his biggest issue coming into camp, with the fact that the last two years he saw very little playing time. However, according to the Kansas City Star Rod has been turning a head or two at camp.
Yesterday at the Chiefs camp Streater was able to bring in 4 passes from Alex Smith including a contested grab over cornerback Ron Parker that was met with some oohs and ahhs. Perhaps there is a little bit of chemistry building there with Smith as he has with other quarterback Tyler Bray. Whether he will be an effective piece of the offense to come is yet to be seen.
Rod is a little old at 28 years old, but if he is able to continue to turn some heads at training camp and continue to develop some trust from the quarterbacks he might very well find himself making the final roster in 2016.
For now, he does have the ability to be a contributor for the team, and he has shown that he has in the past been a big part of the offense for a team. Streater is shaping up to be one of those interesting camp stories that may be intriguing to watch as the Chiefs continue with training camp.
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