From Arrowhead Stadium
In the hurry-up world that was the NFL off-season due to the owners’ lockout, there was no opportunity for Steve Breaston to spend time with QB Matt Cassel after he was signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Like all the other free agents in the league, Breaston signed, waited for the day when he could show up for training camp and when he finally got there, he was limited in the work he could do as he was still recovering from a knee procedure after the 2010 season.
A quiet guy by nature, Breaston just put his head down and kept working. His knee started feeling stronger and stronger. Each practice and game gave him more opportunities with Cassel.
It’s starting to pay off. While Dwayne Bowe was the game’s leading receiver in Sunday’s victory over Minnesota, Breaston had a breakthrough performance for his new team. Against the Vikings, he caught four passes for 91 yards, including a 42-yarder in the second quarter that set up one of Ryan Succop’s five field goals.
“There were tons of opportunities out there today, whether it was coming through the air or from the backfield,” Breaston said. “That’s exciting. That’s the type of things our offense has got to do to win games. It’s a good feeling that we can do those types of things.”
In the first two games of the season, Breaston caught 3 passes for 33 yards. In the last two games against San Diego and Minnesota, he caught 7 passes for 146 yards.
“It’s something I had to be patient with, but it’s working out,” Breaston said. “You can’t just walk in the door and expect everything to click without problems. It’s starting to happen and I think that’s with everybody on this team. I think everybody is starting to feel it coming together.
“When you play with confidence, then things can happen. I think today we played with confidence.”
And he’s showing he can be a down-the-field threat, with catches of 28 and 42 yards against the Vikings and a 43-yard catch against the Chargers.
Suddenly, Cassel has deep threats on either side of him in Bowe and Breaston.
“Steve continues to show up and go a great job,” Cassel said. “The receivers made great plays. Hopefully we can build off of this.”
Count on said Breaston.
“I’m so happy for these guys getting their first win, breathing a little bit,” he said. “The biggest thing is going into next week focusing on the positive things, correcting mistakes, come out and get two in a row.”