So I waited to do this post for a simple reason, I wanted to have a chance to gather my info on it and let camp start up a little bit before jumping into premature praise of an unproven rookie. Stedman Bailey
is a guy who deserves the praise though, for about a million different reasons.
#1) He doesn't seem to care about praise. Bailey had 25 touchdowns last year as a WR. That is more than some QB's, yet Bailey flew under the radar completely, why? Because Tavon Austin
was on his team, and Bailey didn't complain once, instead he and Austin were good friends. Considering the divas at the wideout position, its nice to see a guy not angry when his QB threw someone else the ball. Then he enters the draft, and ends up with Tavon Austin on his team AGAIN. How does he react? He loves it, he looks forward to it, goes on twitter and tweets about how excited he is about it. This guy simply is the perfect guy as far as any GM should be concerned.
#2) His play style. Is he tall like a Larry Fitzgerald
? No. Ok, is he fast like Mike Wallace
? No. Then he must be a RB at WR guy like Harvin. No. Bailey is an undersized, just above average speed Wideout. But he plays that style perfectly. In all the tape I watch of him, he knows when to attack his defenders, and when to use his diminutive stature to slink past his man. He's also mastered taking advantage of defenses dis-respecting his abilities. He knows how to find holes in the zones. He catches EVERYTHING. As an Oklahoma fan, understand its with high praise I say he's like a stockier version of Ryan Broyles
(who would be a perfect WR if he was stockier). The guy simply knows how to take what tools he has and apply the right techniques.
#3) His work ethic, commitment, and overall person. Who else remembers how when Bailey got drafted he immediately started tweeting Torry Holt
wanting to talk to him and wanting him to be a friend and mentor as both a WR and about the city of St. Louis? It was great to see. He sought at the extra help and wanted to get to it immediately. He doesnt stop working, he hones the skills he has. That's the kinda attitude that would make a guy like Jerry Rice smile. Also, for those who don't follow him on Twitter, the NFL should be hiring him to teach a class on it to players. His tweets are pretty clearly done by him, not some PR group, but he constantly acts so good and doesn's say stupid things you'd thinka group was writing them. Also, wow does he interact with fans, half the time it jams up my whole timeline.
I know i didn't say anything truly groundbreaking, but I just felt that Bailey needed some praise. Also, its 2 a.m and my tv is broken. Please excuse any typos.