From Rags to Riches
We talk ad nauseam about the talented bevy of Denver receivers and how Peyton Manning is like a kid in a candy store with all those delicious options to choose from. But let’s not overlook the Seattle catch corps. They are about the most unlikely group of Super Bowl targets to ever play in the big game. The only receiver with any pedigree is Golden Tate of Notre Dame who was plucked from the second-round in 2010. There are four undrafted free agents looking to be the object of Russell Wilson’s aerial affection.
Doug Baldwin, a 5’10” receiver from Stanford, is in his third year in the NFL of proving people wrong. He has developed into a sure-handed receiver and a go-to guy that Wilson can count on to make the tough catches in the clutch. Baldwin hauled in 5 touchdowns passes this season to go along with 50 catches for 778 yards. If you think he has forgiven and forgotten those teams who passed on him in the draft in favor of the pure speed burners or more physically impressive athletes consider his comments about him having a chip on his shoulder.
"I usually call it a boulder, not so much a chip, it's a little bit bigger than that," Baldwin said. "More so it's everything that I've been through throughout my entire life. All the negatives, the positives, anything that's attributed to my ability to be here today kind of adds to that boulder and any doubt in my abilities. That gives me more strength to prove myself and look to my abilities as accomplishments."
If there’s an angle or betting edge to be had that nobody else is looking for in your NFL picks then perhaps it’s a group of underdogs determined to prove that they are as good as anyone – including the Denver Broncos.