With Breaston, Cardinals don't miss Johnson
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
They also hoped Steve Breaston would emerge as a solid No. 3 receiver for the Cardinals. Breaston has outperformed all reasonable expectations. He has outperformed Johnson, who has struggled with injuries since joining the 49ers.
- Kurt Warner is playing at a high level.
- The Cardinals are throwing a high percentage of the time.
- Boldin's injury thrust Breaston into a more prominent role.
Breaston can be a difficult matchup in part because he isn't a refined receiver. The mentality that served Breaston well on special teams is working to his advantage as a receiver. He appears fearless in traffic and after the catch. He can also be a little wild and unpredictable in how he runs, making it tougher for defensive backs to get a read on him. Sometimes you'll see a defensive back freeze trying to figure out which way Breaston is going to turn.