After a lost 2017, Streater ready to make the most of second chance with Bills

The wide receiver was turning heads last year before an injury in the preseason

Sal Capaccio
June 05, 2018 - 9:04 pm

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During last season’s training camp, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Rod Streater was turning heads on a daily basis. Every day he seemed to make a hard catch look routine and was clearly standing out amongst the position group battling for reps.

An afterthought by many when he was signed as a free agent the previous March, Streater not only worked his way into the conversation of securing a roster spot, but even became a wideout many believed would bring a sorely needed element of speed to the field.

But in the team’s third preseason game in Philadelphia, Streater dislocated his toe after making a catch.  

The promising start to his season was over before it began. The Bills couldn’t afford to use a roster spot on him while he took weeks to recover and released him with an injury settlement, allowing the Alfred State and Temple product to hook on with another team if he chose.

Due to NFL rules, since there was an injury settlement involved, the Bills had to wait until November if they wanted to re-sign Streater. But right before that official date rolled around, the team made a deal for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin at the trade deadline and didn't need to add another wideout. They ultimately didn’t re-sign Streater.

Still a free agent and looking for a team, the Bills came calling on Streater again right after the regular season. They signed him to a reserve/future contract, putting him right back in the position he was a year ago with the club.

For Streater, essentially having an entire lost season was tough to handle, but he’s happy he’s getting that second chance in Buffalo.

“It hurts,” he said of the situation last year. “I came in every day, (was) doing great. Things like that happen, it’s part of the game. It builds character. Just helps you take a little bit away from the game and focus on other things. You’re health and things like that. But, it hurt. I really wanted to be a part of this team, but the great thing is I’m back and showed them enough that they brought me back.”

Streater was free to sign with any team, but when the Bills came calling, he knew it was the right spot for him, again.

“It meant a lot,” he said of the team thinking enough of him to re-sign him. “It showed that they really cared and really were impressed with what I did last year and I’m just ready to go this year.”


 

 

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