In two playoff games, their starting receivers, including a presumed No. 1 in Anquan Boldin, were held to seven catches for 73 yards. I was in the press box to watch the Kansas City Chiefs corners play press-man coverage all day to limit Boldin and Derek Mason in the wild-card round. And then the Steelers were even better in shutting them down, as those two combined to catch one pass for minus-2 yards.
“The one name that really seems to be missing to me is Hakeem Nicks,” Matt Williamson said. “I can also understand why you guys would think it is just too early in his career to include him here, but I think I would take him over Dwayne Bowe or Brandon Lloyd, for sure. I also think Holmes would climb up this list in a different offense and Vincent Jackson and Miles Austin are much better players than this past season would indicate. I would also put Greg Jennings over Reggie Wayne.”
It happens every year – despite all the money and attention that flows to the NFL Draft – players with something to provide and something to prove made a life for themselves every year despite being in the shadows.