ALAMEDA — When Rod Streater arrived in Oakland in the spring of 2012 as an undrafted and unheralded receiver out of Temple, his focus was on the smallest of goals rather than something as noteworthy as a 1,000-yard receiving season.
With three games left in his second season in the NFL, Streater is closing in on that mark and has a chance to become the first Raiders receiver to gain that many yards in a season since Randy Moss in 2005.
Streater needs to average just 71 yards receiving a game over the final three weeks, a mark he was reached three times in four games with Matt McGloin as Oakland's starting quarterback.
"Coming in, it was just making the team," Streater said. "Getting a jersey, that's all I wanted. Now you have to continue to set the bar high. Now that I'm here I want to keep going up."
After spending much of the offseason working out and building chemistry with Terrelle Pryor, Streater has clicked almost immediately with McGloin since he took over as starter. Streater has 21 catches for 364 yards and two touchdowns the past four weeks, and set career bests with seven catches for 130 yards in last week's loss to the New York Jets.
"He's going to be in the right spot all the time," McGloin said. "He knows what he's doing. He shows up every day, works hard, goes about his business. I can trust him. I can throw him opportunity balls and there's a 50-50 chance he'll come down with it."
According to footballperspective.com, the Raiders are tied with Jacksonville for the longest active streaks for seasons without a 1,000-yard receiver. The closest any Raiders receiver has come in that span is Darrius Heyward-Bey, who had 975 yards receiving in 2011.
Streater's 787 yards are the second most for any Oakland wideout since 2005, with only tight ends Brandon Myers (806 in 2012) and Zach Miller (805 in 2009) topping his current total.