Eli, Meet Daunte Culpepper

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Published: April 15, 2009


... played the position—a go-to receiver. The key word there is had.

All the greats had one. Montana to Rice, Young to Rice, Bradshaw to Stallworth/Swann, Aikman to Irvin, Peyton to Marvin/Reggie—I could go on. Very few quarterbacks have endured a lot of success targeting a cast of revolving receivers.

Until recently, Tom Brady would have qualified for that category as well as Donovan McNabb, who will probably retire having lacked that dominant presence on the outside for all but one of his years in midnight green.

Charles Johnson, Torrence Small, Todd Pinkston, James Thrash, Reggie Brown, and Kevin Curtis have never kept a defensive coordinator up all night scheming.

Much like Daunte Culpepper early in his purple pride career, Eli has made a living throwing it up for grabs to his super-studded go-to wide-out.

Make no mistake, Plaxico is no Randy Moss, but he was every bit Manning's safety net that Moss was for Culpepper.


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