|Hopefully, Rod Streater’s play will help me get my mind off Saturday.|
A couple of days before the NFL draft, I wrote a post on the current crop of Temple football seniors about to enter it.
Rod Streater led my story, above Bernard Pierce, above Erod and above Tahir Whitehead.
I wrote then, and I believe now, that Rod Streater was going to be a steal for any NFL team.
Despite him not being drafted like the other Owls, that prediction looks to be on solid ground.
Streater will be in the starting lineup tonight when the Oakland Raiders kick off the Monday Night Football season with the San Diego Chargers (ESPN, late game).
|Brandon Boykin (22) tries to pad his stats by getting
in on Jaiquawn Jarrett’s tackle of Josh Cribbs on Sunday.
I based my opinion simply on this: Streater catches everything in sight, is faster with the ball than he is without it, is fearless over the middle, has some nice moves and, at 6-foot-4, was the state high jump champion in the state of New Jersey.
In other words, he’s going to catch those fade pattern passes in the end zone that are so much a part of any NFL offense.
Plus, more importantly, he’s a character guy who dumped the Gatorade on Steve Addazio after the 37-15 win over Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl.
“He’s the realist coach there is, but I had to get him, though,” a smiling Streater said after the game.
I wish the Eagles had him instead of Reilly Cooper.
A lot of other ex-Owls are in the NFL:
Mo Wilkerson – Jets: Had seven tackles, four solos, in a 48-28 win over Buffalo.
Jaiquawn Jarrett – Eagles: Played on special teams and was credited with one tackle. Eagles.com lists him only as playing on specials “25 percent” of the time.
Bernard Pierce – Ravens: Plays on Monday night football (early game, 7 p.m.) vs. Bengals tonight. I think he would have been better served by another year at Temple than being Ray Rice’s backup, but that’s water under a bridge that’s washed away. Don’t know if Maryland could have stopped him on Saturday.
Terrance Knighton – Jaguars: Started DT and made two tackles, including a sack, in a 26-23 loss to the Vikings. The sack resulted in a fumble recovery that set up a Josh Scobee field goal.
Evan Rodriguez – Bears: Started at fullback and blocked great in the Bears’ 41-21 win over Andrew Luck and the Colts.
Tahir Whitehead – Lions: Placed on the inactive list prior to the win over the Rams.
Andre Neblett – Panthers: Did not play in a 16-10 loss at Tampa. Returns from one-game suspension next week. Panthers’ defense only allowed one touchdown.
Adrian Robinson – Steelers: Made the 53-man roster, but Steelers.com does not report him playing in the 30-19 loss to the Broncos last night.
Steve Maneri – Chiefs: Back to his old tight end position, but DNP due to injury according to Chiefs.com.
Rod Streater – Raiders: TBD.