Raiders may go from having no star players to having two

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The Oakland Raiders have had a laundry list of problems with their roster over the past couple of years. But one of the most glaring deficiencies was the lack of a star player. Even the worst team in the league last year, the Houston Texans has star players in Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt. The closest thing to a star the Raiders have had recently were the often injured Darren McFadden and Charles Woodson who no longer plays like a super star.

This offseason, the Raiders added a lot of big names, but most if not all of them are past their star status years. That is not to say that they have nothing left to contribute, but they are past the days of being seen as one of the best in the league, that is for sure. So while the Raiders have a much improved roster, it is still yet to be seen if the Raiders will be able to lay claim to having one of the big stars in the NFL.

There are two guys with the potential to answer that question in the affirmative: rookie Khalil Mack and former undrafted free agent Rod Streater.

The mention of Mack should surprise no one. Universally seen as one of the top two defensive players in the draft, Mack appears to be the kind of player that teams dream about drafting. He is a solid all around talent who is humble while also very confident. He excels in the pass rush but can play in coverage and the run game very well also. It would not at all be surprising to see him be a young star in the NFL and potentially win the defensive rookie of the year.

Streater, on the other hand, will likely have a lot of people disagreeing with me. Streater is entering his third year in the league and has been very impressive in his first two seasons. At 6’3 200lbs with 4.4 speed, Streater has good size and very good speed. He also runs good routes and has solid hands. Despite having two of the worst quarterbacks in the league throwing to him in 2013, he still managed to log  888 yards.

Regardless of your opinion on Schaub, there should be no debate about whether he is an upgrade to the quarterback position. Even in his worst year as an NFL player, he had better stats than both Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor. And the difference is being noted already. Andre Holmes recently commented on how nice it is that with Schaub you know where the ball is going to be. He throws the ball on time and to the right spot, said Holmes. That kind of quality will be huge for Streater. He was able to find success with poor play under center so he should be able to truly excel with a legitimate NFL caliber starting quarterback throwing him the ball.

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  • Peggy Grover

    I agree with u on Streater he has a lot left in him and really like his style bleeding silver and black

  • Greg Gross

    “Star power” may help put fans in the seats, but it overrated beyond that — a point this article makes itself by noting last year’s dismal performance by the Houston Texans, despite having three stars on its roster. Fans may get all geeked up over individual stars, but it’s still the better team that wins. That’s what I see the Raiders trying to build.

  • Kevb

    Someone needs to step up and lead this team.

  • DJ

    So, my co-worker John told me about this article and when I pointed out Streater didn’t have 100 catches his comment got deleted. And his email got flooded with signups to sports newsletters? Weak sauce.

    • James Arcellana

      Comments using vulgar or foul language are deleted and the user blocked since this is a family friendly site and I expect my readers to act like adults in the comments. As for newsletter signups I’ve got no idea what you’re talking about or how that’s related to the deleted comment.

  • DJ

    You don’t know? Weak sauce 2.0. I blog for a website, I know you can go into the control panel and find the person’s email. Acting like an adult doesn’t entail being mad that somebody embarrassed you and delete their comment and sign them up so they literally get their email spammed 2 minutes later by 40-50 unwanted emails.

    Follow your advice, act like adult.

    And delete this comment of course.

    • James Arcellana

      You and your friend think mighty highly of yourselves to think I’d take the effort to do that. Thanks for the reads.

  • Khack14

    I think the key point in the title is Raiders “may” go; So what Streater didn’t have 100 catches; Khalil Mack hasn’t played a down yet. I think he is just forcasting the possibilities and I agree with both. Of course you can’t really tell until the pads go on but I like Streater’s trajectory!