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Boldin not a true No. 1

Posted on: March 5, 2010 7:12 pm



The Baltimore Ravens badly wanted a No. 1 receiver. Trading for Anquan Boldin might seem like the answer, but I beg to differ.

Boldin is not a No. 1 receiver. He doesn't run well enough. The Ravens, desperate to get a threat for young quarterback Joe Flacco, traded a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for Boldin and a fifth-round pick.

The Cardinals were willing to part with Boldin in part because they tired of his ways, and the team personnel department thinks Early Doucet is ready to take over as the third receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston. They also didn't think Boldin ran by anybody.

Boldin is a tough-guy receiver. He will break tackles after the catch, but if a team plays up on him in press coverage he has trouble getting past them.

The Ravens also gave Boldin a three-year contract extension, which should finally appease Boldin, who has constantly griped about his contract in Arizona the past couple of years.

Trading and paying is always risky. It's even more so with a receiver I don't think is a true No. 1.




Category: NFL

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2013 9:15 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

Looks good now..

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2010 5:38 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

Name the two cheapest owners in the NFL, if you said Bill Bidwill and Mike Brown you are correct. No, you aren't. If you said Ralph Wilson and Mike Brown, you are correct. Bill Bidwill is no longer a correct answer.

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2010 3:14 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

So you say the Ravens have an aging and a Suspect pass def... Really Lets see here the Ravens finished 3rd on overall DEF while the Steelers finshed 5th. The Ravens were 5th in run Def and the Steelers were 3rd, while in pass DEF the Ravens were 8th while Pitt was 16th.... I know you were missing Troy well that’s fine we missed Ed for 4 games and were still ok, while you have nothing behind Troy!!  I will say Pitt's def is far from young if I remember correctly your starting D-line is all over 30, and half you LB's are over 30!!!! As for Boldin we will see what happens when he runs over your CB's how happy you are with this trade. 

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2010 8:20 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

Can you consider 10 sentences an article?

I guess it makes it easier on the editor of

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 7:17 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

Still puts up #1 numbers despite not always playing every game or being the fastest guy on the field.  Boldin is a top 20 WR at the very least so that means he is better than 10 other teams number one WR.
I would take this guy over some of the prima donna #1's out there too so I say maybe 5-10 teams truly have a better #1 option than the Ravens right now.  Besides this team is a run first team and Boldin is a big improvement over Mason, Washington and Clayton.

Not everyone who runs fast is a good WR and not all good WR can run by people.  ( a few HOFers may agree like Rice, Irvin and Carter)

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2010 7:10 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

Before I even finished reading your post I already knew you were an AFC North division rival fan, and I immediately looked at your name and realized it was Pittsburgh. Then I finished reading your post. This is a pretty clear "sour grapes" post.
#1: The Ravens did not overpay for Boldin. A 3rd and a 4th round pick? What will the Cards get? A decent defensive player who will be ready to start in a couple of years and a third-down back, if they're lucky. The Ravens will get one of the toughest receivers to tackle in the league.
#2: Boldin isn't a whiner. That whole deal with Todd Haley a couple of years ago was all on Haley. He's a control freak, in case you didn't notice in Kansas City this past year. He's a decent coach but he acts like Belichick.
#3: MARGINAL HELP? Hate to break it to you, but this move is going to make the Ravens the team to beat in the North. Flacco has already become an excellent QB with Mark Clayton and Derrick Mason. Boldin will open everything up for that offense and Ray Rice is probably knocking on John Harbaugh's door right now with a huge smile on his face and a present. Flacco will be a Pro Bowl contender even if none of the other QBs drop out.
#4: Even if the defense is aging, that offense in Baltimore is going to be a stud unit. I like the Steelers, but I'm pretty sure your defense isn't much younger than theirs. Timmons and Woodley is about it. Polamalu is one of my favorite players ever but he can't stay on the field every other year. Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton are good players but they're passing their prime as we speak. Farrior is almost as old as Ray Lewis, and Ike Taylor isn't the youngest guy either. Baltimore still has Dawan Landry and some good young LBs not to mention Suggs.
So, it seems pretty clear to me that this post doesn't make any sense

Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2010 4:37 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

Reasons why Boldin will produce like a #3 WR in Baltimore......

Tough yet injury proned.
#2 to Fitzy in a throw-first offense led by HOF Kurt Warner.  Joe Flacco is now his QB
Boldin is not getting any younger (30 when the season starts).
Playing against the AFC north and not the cakewalk defenses of Seattle, San Fran, and St. Louis.
Donte Stallworth is the #2 on this team unless Mason comes back (who is 36 years old)
Ray Rice is a great WR out of the backfield (taking opportunities away from WRs) as opposed to Hightower and Wells in Arizona who weren't.
Weather (games in conference)    Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Cincinatti   vs.   San Francisco, St. Louis, and Seattle.
Weather (games at home)      
;     Baltimore * 8    vs.   Arizona * 8
Played high school and college football in Florida.  

He'll be lucky to play all 16 games.  If he does expect numbers close to 75 catches, 1,050 yds, and 6 TDs (#2 WR numbers).
If he plays 13 (which is his average), He'll get close to 55 catches, 833 yds, and 4Tds (#3/#4 WR numbers)

Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2010 3:58 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

Pete, please tell me how you think that Boldin is not a number 1 receiver.  The guy has done nothing but shine since his first year in the league, and his first year in the league he didn't have a guy named Fitzgerald lining up with him. nor did he have Warner throwing to him.  He has played through injuries, had a 1,000 yard receiving year every year, and has been a league leager despite being injured on and off.  So you are still going to say that he isn't a number 1 receiver, because he doesn't run very well, somehow yet he manages to get a 1,000 yeards every year.  just doesn't make sense to me.  He will do nothing but help Baltimore, and every where else that you hear anything about Boldin going to Baltimore, it is going to make them so much better, so you are either that big of a moron when it comes to sports, or you are going to be the only one that is right about this trade.  My gut feeling says that you are a moron, and really don't know what you are talking about.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 2:37 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

Guess winning the rookie of the year and producing Fitzgerald like numbers every season isn't a number 1 WR ? The season the Cardinals went to the Super Bowl, he was there when Fitzgerald wasn't producing. Some might say it was because Fitz was double teamed ? There were times Boldin made the big plays when Fitz was taking the play off too. Last season's fall off obviously was because the Cardinals developed Breaston and Doucet to be able to move Boldin. They wasted a season of his career pretty much. The Cardinals had the luxury of 4 WR's that are # 1's or 2's on most NFL teams. The Dolphins would take any of the 4 and upgrade at the position.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 12:39 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

yeah this is stupid.. lets forget the fact that fitzgerald had 100 receptions, and breaston had a bunch the last two years to take catches away from boldin... if he was so easy to cover, what has nobody really been that successful to doing it?? The guy was the fastest player to reach 500 receptions or something like that, i don't get how that can't make you a #1 receiver when you are that productive. The guy is physical, he's athletic enough to make explosive plays, and he is consistently open. I don't actually mind prisco's writing as much as some other people, but this was a ignorant post by somebody who obviously didn't watch him play enough, and probably based it on one game where he probably had some nagging injury, or had an off day, and based his conclusion on it. I think this was a fantastic move by boldin, by a fantastic price, and honestly i think he is exactly what they needed

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