With Boldin Out, Breaston Moves up in Arizona NFL betting

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

With Anquan Boldin out of the picture at the moment because of a contract dispute in Arizona, Steve Breaston has moved into the #2 wide receiver spot.

Last season Breaston caught 77 passes for 1,006 yards, averaging 13.1 yards per catch as NFL betting statistics show. He was not that far behind Larry Fitzgerald who had 96 catches for 1,431 yards and Boldin who had 89 catches for 1,038 yards.

Breaston has definitely taken advantage of Boldin’s absence at voluntary workouts. "I’ve just got more opportunities now," he said. "Just with Q not being here-and it’s trouble him not being here-but it’s good for me getting more reps. It’s good for everybody. Everybody gets a lot more."

There is no question that off-season workouts can be critical to players who are somewhat under the radar.  NFL betting information shows that just two years ago it was Breaston who had to impress the coaches after he was drafted in the fifth round out of Michigan.  Many NFL betting gamblers didn’t believe he would be anything more than a kick returner. He only caught nine passes for 82 yards in his rookie season as online betting stats show, so last year he spent the time showing everyone in the off-season that he could do more than just return kicks. "I think the biggest thing was I was reliable," Breaston said. "Going against DBs, making plays, I think that’s important, even in OTAs. It carries over to the games."

Last year quarterback Kurt Warner gained a lot of confidence in Breaston and it showed in NFL odds results from week to week. "There was so much pressure, but I embraced the pressure, just playing alongside Anquan and Larry," Breaston said, "just how good of receivers they are. You don’t want that big drop-off. You want to keep going."

Sports betting information tells us that this year there are a number of receivers who are getting more time because of Boldin’s absence, in addition to Breaston. NFL odds information tells us that the team’s other receivers that are getting a chance to make an impression this summer are Jerheme Urban, Early Doucet, and Lance Long.

Even though they made the Super Bowl last year, the Cardinals are considered a longshot in NFL betting to get back there this year, despite having Kurt Warner back and playing in a weak division.

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