With the trade of Josh Gordon to New England, the Browns needed to add another wide receiver to the roster because behind Jarvis Landry, there’s a lot of unknown.
Cleveland announced on Monday afternoon simultaneously with the Gordon trade that they signed veteran Rod Streater to a contract.
Streater is a six-year veteran, spending time with the Oakland Raiders where his career started as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and most recently with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. He spent the last two offseasons with the Buffalo Bills.
In five NFL seasons, Streater has 127 catches for 1,755 yards and ten touchdowns. His most productive season was in 2013 when he had 60 catches for 888 yards and four touchdowns.
In 2016 with San Francisco, Streater appeared in all 16 games and had 18 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
He’s got solid size for an NFL wide receiver at 6’3 and 200 pounds. During the draft process in 2012, he was timed at 4.46 in the forty yard dash but when you watch him on the field in-game, he seems a lot faster against competition.
Streater joins a wide receiver room in Cleveland that has a Pro Bowler in Jarvis Landry and then a lot of guys that are unproven at the NFL level.
Antonio Callaway had a breakout game on Sunday with 3 catches for 81 yards including the 47-yard touchdown with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game. He’s a rookie though and still has a lot to prove and needs to make the Browns believe they can trust him because of his checkered past.
Rashard Higgins has had flashes as a professional but needs to be consistent to make the Browns believe in him now and in the future.
Then you have Damion Ratley and Derrick Willies who are both unproven commodities as rookies like Callaway. They haven’t seen a lot of playing time yet but the fact they’re on the roster means for time being, the organization has hope for them.
Streater has proven he can produce as an NFL wide receiver and that’s why Cleveland is giving him an opportunity. He likely won’t be active on Thursday against the Jets because it’s a short week and he needs to learn Todd Haley’s offense but I would expect he’ll be one of the top four receivers on the depth chart by September 30 against Oakland.