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  • Wanted: The Unwanted

    One of the great stories for the 2011 Giants has been the emergence of WR Victor Cruz, who led the team with 82 catches and 9 touchdown receptions while setting a franchise record with 1,536 receiving yards.

    One of the great stories for the Patriots the last 5 seasons has been WR Wes Welker, who once again led the NFL in receptions with 122, becoming only the second player in league history to total 120-plus catches in 2 different seasons (Vikings’ WR Cris Carter turned the trick in 1994 and ’95).

    With TE Kevin Boss leaving for free agency this season (Raiders), TE Jake Ballard stepped in and caught 38 passes for 604 yards and 4 touchdowns, including the game-winner against the Patriots in Week 9 at Foxborough with only :15 seconds remaining.

    This trio of performers has one very simple thing in common: none of the three were selected in their respective drafts, Cruz from Massachusetts, Welker from Texas Tech (and originally signed by Miami, then traded to the Patriots) and Ballard from Ohio State. Yet all could be primed for something special come Super Bowl Sunday.

    Why? Because take a look at some of the great moments in this game as of late and see what they all have in common.

    Consider that the 3 biggest passing performances in Super Bowl history in terms of yards have come from Rams’ and Cardinals’ QB Kurt Warner, his record 414 yards coming in St. Louis’ win over Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV, while he also threw for 377 and 365 yards, respectively, in losses to the Steelers (XLIII) and Patriots (XXXVI).

    However, while Warner has made his share of big plays, the longest pass play in Super Bowl history is courtesy of Panthers’ QB Jake Delhomme, who connected on an 85-yard score with WR Muhsin Muhammad in Carolina’s Super Bowl XXXVIII loss to New England.

    Looking for a breakaway play via the ground game? Pittsburgh’s Willie Parker raced 75 yards for a score in the Steelers’ win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL, the longest run in Super Bowl history.

    How about a game-changing play? When Steelers’ LB James Harrison stepped in front of a Warner pass in Super Bowl XLIII at Tampa and rumbled 100 yards for a touchdown, it completed the longest play of any kind in the Big Game’s proud history.

    Finally, back to Welker. The former Dolphins’ special teams’ ace, in his first season with New England in ’07, tied the Super Bowl record for receptions in a game (11) in the 17-14 loss to the Giants (XLII).

    It is amazing to consider that some of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history are by some of those somewhat forgotten come the NFL draft.

    So could there be another surprising performance in terms of a big play on Super Bowl Sunday. If there is, you shouldn’t be that surprised at all.

    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Docta's Avatar
      Watch out for Dan Connolly. An UDFA and a menace in the return game.
    1. buzmeg's Avatar
      If Gronk can't go full steam ahead, watch out that the Pats alternate game plan doesn't put OchoCinco in the limelight.

      I'm certain BB has concocted two game plans; one with and one without Gronk.
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Docta View Post
      Watch out for Dan Connolly. An UDFA and a menace in the return game.
      Love it.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Sterling Moore is also undrafted.

      Actually

      Brian Waters
      Daniel Connolly
      Kyle Love
      Kyle Arrington
      James Ihedigbo
      Benjarvus Green-Ellis

      That's just the starters. You look deeeper

      Danny Aiken
      Leigh Bodden
      Sergio Brown
      Dane Fletcher
      Gary Guyton
      Brian Hoyer
      Nick McDonald
      Lousaka Polite
      Taylor Price
      Alex Silvestro
      Jeff Tarpinian
      Ross Ventrone
      Ryan Wendell
      Tracy White
      Danny Woodehead
      Mike Wright


      That is 22 UDFA on the roster, with 6 starters and at least 7 or 8 who get a lot of playing time.

      The Giants have only 13 UDFA on this years roster.
    1. Russell S Baxter's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      Sterling Moore is also undrafted.

      Actually

      Brian Waters
      Daniel Connolly
      Kyle Love
      Kyle Arrington
      James Ihedigbo
      Benjarvus Green-Ellis

      That's just the starters. You look deeeper

      Danny Aiken
      Leigh Bodden
      Sergio Brown
      Dane Fletcher
      Gary Guyton
      Brian Hoyer
      Nick McDonald
      Lousaka Polite
      Taylor Price
      Alex Silvestro
      Jeff Tarpinian
      Ross Ventrone
      Ryan Wendell
      Tracy White
      Danny Woodehead
      Mike Wright


      That is 22 UDFA on the roster, with 6 starters and at least 7 or 8 who get a lot of playing time.

      The Giants have only 13 UDFA on this years roster.
      Although admittedly, 2 of the Giants' ONLY 13 are Cruz and Ballard. Point being that some of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history have come from players not drafted. This was more about Super Bowl impact than building of the rosters. Great information, iwatt...Thanks
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Russell S Baxter View Post
      Although admittedly, 2 of the Giants' ONLY 13 are Cruz and Ballard. Point being that some of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history have come from players not drafted. This was more about Super Bowl impact than building of the rosters. Great information, iwatt...Thanks
      Victor Cruz is amazing. Actually, the Giants WR scouting is off the charts. All 3 of them would be starters in most teams, and they had Steve Smith before.

      But the Patriots using 8 UDFA (forgot to count Moore and Welker) on a starting superbowl unit is ridiculous.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      Victor Cruz is amazing. Actually, the Giants WR scouting is off the charts. All 3 of them would be starters in most teams, and they had Steve Smith before.

      But the Patriots using 8 UDFA (forgot to count Moore and Welker) on a starting superbowl unit is ridiculous.
      Bodden and Price are gone. Vantrone may, or may not, be on the roster at the moment. He's been cut and resigned so many times I can't tell if he is or not
    1. bradytohernandez's Avatar
      Taylor Price was drafted
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      The old football axiom.....doesn't matter how you get there, it just matters what you do when you get there holds true once again. Taking full advantage of every opportunity is the American way.