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Steven William Breaston is a wide receiver and also punt returner for the Arizona Cardinals. Prior to being drafted by the Cardinals, he played his college ball at Michigan. Arizona chose him in the fifth-round as the 142nd pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
While at Michigan, he had 156 catches and proved to be an outstanding punt return man, setting the school record with 127 returns for 1,599 yards. He had five returns for touchdowns. He was the 2003 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, a 2006 Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award selection and a four-time Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. He notched 10 games with 200-plus all-purpose yards.
In his first season with the Cardinals, Breaston was utilized primarily as a return specialist and as a backup receiver. He ran back 42 punts for 395 yards and one touchdown and took back 63 kicks for 1,391 yards. As a receiver, Breaston caught eight passes for 92 yards (11.5 YPC) and three first downs. As of 2009, he made 140 receptions, 1,810 receiving yards of 2,943 return yards. He made total 7 touchdowns.
Breaston, who is six-foot-one and 178 pounds, offers excellent acceleration, fine field vision and excellent speed. Although not great at breaking tackles, if he finds a seam or some daylight, he can get down the field quickly. His fakes are not polished, cuts aren’t quick enough and route running is not as accurate as it could be. But he has a lot of talent and with a bit more work he could become a fine number three receiver as well as a premium return man.
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