Breaston's value changes little with Chiefs

Updated: July 28, 2011, 3:51 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

New Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Steve Breaston knows what it's like playing alongside a stud wide receiver. For years, he played second fiddle to Larry Fitzgerald with the Arizona Cardinals. Now Breaston joins up with uber-talented Dwayne Bowe, who is also capable of controlling football games whenever he seems to want to. One could surmise that Breaston's value doesn't really alter much, and while I'd like to be more positive, and certainly Breaston should enjoy better quarterback play than in 2010, I'm not sure Kansas City is such a perfect fit for him statistically.

We've seen in the past how Breaston has been able to use his quickness and above-average speed as a downfield threat, though playing with the worst quarterback situation in the league last season, he didn't get many chances. The Chiefs feature Matt Cassel slingin' the football, surely an upgrade, but the former Patriot was able to accrue a healthy portion of his misleading statistics while taking advantage of a cake schedule, and he's not exactly an ace in the vertical passing game. Not that the Chiefs will face top teams every week in 2011, but it's not going to be so easy for Cassel, Bowe and the most utilized running game in the league this time around.

Frankly, I think Breaston's numbers would have looked about the same in Arizona, if not better, if he stayed and if the Cardinals do in fact acquire quarterback Kevin Kolb. I mean, they might have a decent running game with rookie Ryan Williams pushing Beanie Wells to the side, but it's a bit premature to know. The Chiefs run a lot and they run well. How can a No. 2 wide receiver thrive?