Quiet Breaston carries big grudge as Boldin's replacement

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TEMPE -- Steve Breaston speaks softly but carries a big grudge.

The speedster from Michigan has carved out a significant role as kick returner for the Arizona Cardinals.

With probably out for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, Breaston moves into the starting lineup at wide receiver.

It's his biggest opportunity yet to prove himself at the position he loves.

Breaston was a fifth-round pick in 2007, the 142nd player drafted that year.

Everyone knew he was fast -- he's the Big Ten career leader in punt return yardage -- but teams doubted that he could make it as a receiver.

In last Sunday's 56-35 road loss to the New York Jets, Breaston caught nine passes for 122 yards, both by far his career bests.

Including kickoff and punt returns, his combined yardage of 324 was a franchise record.

As for those who doubted him and passed him by on draft day, Breaston figures he's only beginning to show them just how wrong they were.

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