Streater? Streater? Bueller?
Kansas City Chiefs fans were excited when it was announced that wide receiver Rod Streater had been signed to a one year deal. The immediate expectations were that Streater would become the #2 (or “X”) receiver for the Chiefs in 2016 as he attempted to revive his career. Safe to say, that has not appeared to come to fruition.
First off, it is clear that second year receiver Chris Conley has taken the #2 job for the Chiefs. No complaints there as Conley has looked sharp so far this year. However, Rod Streater had also been taking snaps out of the slot position in OTAs. Yet it is Albert Wilson, and not Streater, who has gotten the starting looks at that position in preseason games despite not playing well.
Rod Streater was also asked to restructure his contract with the Chiefs, changing his “Likely To Be Earned” bonus money into “Unlikely To Be Earned”. That is kind of a big deal as it means the Chiefs have changed their expectations. Streater has also been buried on the depth chart in practices. That continued into Saturday’s game as he came on the field late with the deep depth players. If we are reading the tea leaves, it would appear Streater is on his way out of Kansas City.
All in all, this has been a strong preseason for the Chiefs. The fact that it is highlighted by a dominant performance like this just makes me feel more confident. The 2016 Kansas City Chiefs should be a force in the NFL, and a deep postseason run is not out of the question. This team looks to be for real.