Streets Leaves Little To Be Desired
October 25 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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While the offense has looked more vertical, and thus more aggressive with Tai Streets starting at receiver, Streets performance has been even better than he’s got credit for. While undoubtedly there is still some room for improvement, which will come through increased play time, Streets has done a tremendous job so far.
Over the last two games, Streets has 10 receptions for 146 yards. Eight of those receptions have been for first downs. He also became the first receiver since Jerry Rice to record more receptions than Terrell Owens. Streets has put up similar numbers, with one less game as a starter to Stokes (discounting the game that they each played half of). Streets, as mentioned has 10 receptions for 146 yards, where as Stokes put up 10 receptions for 85 yards in his three starts.
In all likelihood the 49ers will start swapping Streets and Stokes at the second starting position in a similar way to how they handle Hearst and Barlow, upon Stokes return to 100%. Streets will likely be the second receiver between the 20’s, but inside the redzone, and on third downs, Stokes will likely be the second target to Terrell Owens.
The 49ers have been searching for a compliment for Terrell Owens for quite some time. If Streets can refine his game, and learn the intricacies of the position he could provide the 49ers with the talent they are looking for.