Oakland Raiders: 5 Players To Watch Against The Cardinals

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Jun 17, 2014; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders recevier Rod Streater (80) at minicamp at Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rod Streater

With Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree seemingly locked into the top two spots on the Raiders’ wide receivers depth chart, there has been a fierce battle for positioning among the rest of Oakland’s receivers. Though – there really shouldn’t be.

Streater is head and shoulders above the rest of the pack of Raiders’ wideouts which includes Brice Butler, Andre Holmes, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Seth Roberts. With somebody figuring to be the odd man out, the rest of Oakland’s receivers are fighting for their lives.

Streater’s stock though, has been hurt by a mysterious illness that kept him out of the early part of camp. He’s lost weight and is just now trying to regain his strength as he tries to fight his way back onto the field. He did have one reception against the Vikings last week, and will hopefully see more time and action on the field against the Cardinals tonight.

Streater has the ability to be a number one, as do Cooper and Crabtree – which gives the Raiders a lot of flexibility and confidence in their top three receivers moving forward. The issue now is Streater’s strength and conditioning. Does he have it back? Is he getting there? What sort of shape is he in?

These questions and more will hopefully be answered if he can take the field and get some significant reps tonight.

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