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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: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2010 12:31 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

But they did not pay the price for a #1 receiver. Not every team has to have a true #1, with Boldin & Stallworth, they have 2 very solid WR's, a top-flight TE and a great pass catching RB. They now have 4 legitimate receiving threats and still have their #1 & #2 draft picks to fill other needs. this trade was a steal. Wish my Egles had thje guts to do this type of move

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2010 12:08 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

Really Prisco?  Looking at his stats, he looks like a No. 1 widout to me, after 7 years, 586 catches for 7,520 yards and 44 touchdowns.  Meanwhile, he wasnt even the No. 1 receiver in Arizona, and that is in probably the best WR in the NFL in Larry Fitzgerald.  The Ravens just got a steal for him, and they're gonna have a top 3 offense next year.  Flacco, Rice, Boldin, and a young, talented offensive line.  Man, that offense is gonna be good.  As a Steeler fan, I'm scared.

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2010 10:53 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

No other WR in the league is a #1 next to Fitzgerald?  How about Andre Johnson?  All he's done is put up monster stats with no run support to speak of at times and a QB who (at first glance) was not as good as Warner. 

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2010 9:27 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

Even if he is not a true #1, look how far we went the last 2 years with the receivers we had...   He definitely helps!  

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 7:34 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

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

So trading and paying is more risky when you don't think its a true number 1*? Since when do NFL franchises care what you think?

All this crap about true number ones is crazy. Here is the question, is Anquan Boldin a top 20 wide out in this league? Absolutely, there is no question about that right? Are there more than twenty teams in the NFL? Yes, I think we are all in agreement there. So then Boldin is better than the best reciever on atleast 12 teams, so yes he is definitely a number one.

* Isn't it considered good journalism to write out any number under 10? Get your act together Petey.

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2010 3:55 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

What a slap in the face to Larry Fitzgerald who restructured his contract so that they could keep Boldin happy in AZ, then they send him away a season or two later?  I wonder how Larry feels about this...

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 3:31 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

 I gotta say, I dont really agree w/ Prisco on this topic. Boldin is most certainly a #1 WR... Was he the #1 reciever for the Cardinals? No, but the only 2 WRs who would even have a chance at being a #1 WR on the Cardinals would probably be Megatron and Andre Johnson. Also let's not forget that AJohnson isn't exactly a burner either, but he makes plays and gets YAC. Boldin has had a few big seasons, sure he's also battled through a few injuries, but hes tough as nails and is willing to make the grabs that other recievers cant/wont. He would easily be a #1 WR on half the teams in the league. He'd be the #1 WR in Buffalo, Miami, NYJ, Baltimore (now he currently is) Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Jax, Tenn, KC, Oakland, San Diego (toss up between him and VJackson) NYG, Washington, Chicago, GreenBay (debatable) TB, St Louis, San Fran and Seattle...  Now that I look at it, he would be the #1 WR on over 75% of the teams in the NFL, so it makes it kind of ridiculous for Prisco to make that claim.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2010 3:00 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

Yeah, Prisco, dang you nailed it. Boldin ran a slow time on his pro day, and he isn't the fastest WR out there. But I want to point out that Boldin played his rookie year and had no other talent around him to speak of. He didn't have Larry Fitzgerald across the field from him, and he didn't have Kurt Warner throwing him the ball. How did he do? He had probably the best rookie season of any WR ever! Now depending on how you define a #1 WR, it's true that he might not be. He isn't a true deep threat, and if that is a requirement, then I guess he isn't. But if being a #1 WR means being one of the top 32 WRs in the league (1 from each team), then he easily is. He is easily one of the top 15 WRs in the NFL. And the Ravens already have their deep threat, namely Mark Clayton. They don't need Boldin to go deep. But the point I really want to make is that whether or not he is a true "Number 1" is irrelevant. I don't care how fast the guy runs, he can flat out play. He doesn't run past everybody, but he still knows how to get open. And he's the best WR after the catch in the entire NFL. The Ravens will be a MUCH better passing team with him. And they only gave up a 3rd and a 4th to get him. How can you argue with getting a top 15 NFL WR, even with injury concerns, for pocket change?

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2010 11:43 pm

Boldin not a true No. 1

I look at it like Alvin Harper. Alvin Harper was a stud for Dallas playing opposite Irving. He took off and signed a huge contract with the Bucs to be the #1 guy. Opps, with defenses not having another stud like Irving to worry about he got #1 coverage and was terrible.

Matthew Hatchette of the Vikings looked really good playing with Carter and Moss as a #3, he took off and got big money playing for the Jets and floundered as a #2.

Even Nate Burleson didn't play very well after Moss left MN, low and behold he was a #2 at best for the Seahawks.

Without a HOF QB like Warner throwing the ball to him, and a super stud like Fitzgerald on the otherside I see Boldin being an average reciever at best.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 10:16 pm

We Raven fans deserve better than that, Pete!

Where are the cheap shots like, "Sakes alive, he's 35!" and "He's got a tricycle for wheels, not a racing bike!"

We Raven's deserve the same expert predictions lavished on our has-been as the Vikings got last year for their "Oh Lordy, he's 40!" has-been QB.  By the way, how'd that Viking guy do?

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