Cleveland Browns fans may have missed it amid the news of the Josh Gordon trade, but the team added another wide receiver to the roster on Monday.
The club signed Rod Streater, who originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012 with the Oakland Raiders. The team announced the transaction on its website.
Streater had two respectable seasons his first two years with the Raiders, catching a total of 99 passes for 1,472 yards and seven touchdowns, while appearing in all 32 games.
Things went downhill from there, however, as Streater landed on injured reserve with a broken foot after two games in 2014, then missed training camp in 2015 with an undisclosed illness. That limited his production for his final two years in Oakland to just 10 receptions for 94 yards.
The Raiders let Streater leave in free agency and he landed with the San Francisco 49ers for the 2016 season. He appeared in 16 games for the 49ers, but only recorded 18 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
It was just a one-year stop in San Francisco for Streater as he then moved onto the Buffalo Bills as a free agent. It appeared that Streater had a roster spot locked up for 2017, but a toe injury suffered in the preseason wiped out the campaign for Streater.
The Bills brought him back this summer, but Streater was unable to win a roster spot among one of the league’s worst wider receiver groups, as Streater could not beat out the likes of Ray-Ray McCloud III, Robert Foster, Andre Holmes, Zay Jones and the since-released Jeremy Kerley.
When we last saw Streater, he was catching a touchdown pass from Josh Allen against the Cleveland Browns in the preseason.
Josh Allen to Rod Streater vs. Cleveland 8/17/18 pic.twitter.com/V85Com8xm3— Bills TD A Day (@BillsTouchdown) August 18, 2018
Streater’s role with the Browns is unclear at this point as Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins are the top three wide receivers. Add in tight end David Njoku and running back Duke Johnson, once he gets on track, and there may not be enough passes left for Streater.
If he wants playing time, Streater may have to focus on special teams, an area he is more than willing to do, as he told billswire.com over the summer:
“I want to be a force (on special teams). Where ever this team needs me, I’m just trying to make plays. Whether it’s at gunner, it’s at wide out, it’s at punt protect, whatever it is, I want to be available.
“Making plays, you’ve got to be versatile where ever they need you. If it’s scoring in the red zone, making a tackle at gunner, running down on the kick off, I feel like I’ve done all that so far.”
Streater may not have much to give on the field, but showing a team-first attitude will at least help set him apart from the player whose roster spot he is replacing.