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Young Raiders Need to Step Up

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After a solid rookie season, wideout Rod Streater sits in a good position with the Oakland Raiders. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
After a solid rookie season, wideout Rod Streater sits in a good position with the Oakland Raiders. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

It’s all but assured that Denarius Moore will be starting at wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders in 2013. But if the Silver and Black want to improve upon their 4-12 record from last year, other young players need to exceed or at the very least meet the expectations set for them in their rookie years.

Wide receiver Rod Streater has already shown his ability to get downfield and snatch passes out of the air for big yards. Last season, his rookie year, he had 39 receptions for 584 yards. He’ll need to show the same chemistry with QB Matt Flynn that he showed with Carson Palmer, if Flynn ends up being the starter. Streater had 100 receiving yards in Week 14 last season against Denver, a division rival the Raiders need to beat. If Streater keeps posting the yards, he and Moore can be a double threat.