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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 1, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 8:21 am

Boldin not a true No. 1


Is he a #1? Who cares? he's productive. The Ravens did not overpay for him. Anquan Boldin got what he wanted. The way I see it, everyone wins. What is a #1? What's the definition? How many teams won Superbowls this decade without a true #1 receiver? The answer: Most of them. Pete's comment is not only off base, it's meaningless.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 6:51 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

What's your definition of a #1 receiver? Is it someone that catches 100 or more balls (Boldin has done that). Is it a receiver that has gotten more than 1,000 yards in a season (Boldin has done that). Do you have to make the pro bowl (Boldin has done that).
If it quacks like a duck, and it flies like a duck, well it much be a duck.
I would rather get a guy that catches 102 passes and be called a #2 receiver, than a guy that catches 65 balls but is in the #1 position on the field. Which would make your team better. John Harbaugh but it best when he said, "only fans give receivers the #1 or 2 titles, not coaches."

Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2010 3:54 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

How is an extra 3rd and 4th round pick in a very deep draft the bad end. Especially when you have Breston and Doucet? You guys need the extra picks to help replace Dansby and Rolle.

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2010 2:54 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

I bet the Steelers got a real good look at that Ravens "aging D"...on a big screen during the playoffs, with Big Ben at his newly found Atlanta hot-spot.
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Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2010 2:09 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

Ok Boldin wasn't number one in Arizona but in Baltimore he will be. I would wager that he will put up number one receiver numbers in 2010 as well. Flacco needs a field stretcher and a hands man and he just got both. With mason and Boldin the skys the limit for the Ravens. Prisco should get another job because he's not really all that good at this one.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2010 2:08 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

Prisco is correct. Boldin is a great 2, maybe even a 1a. He's got the hands, he's got the toughness...he has everything except the speed. He is just not particularly fast. That's well-known. He's no Fitzgerald. That's why he was the 2 in Phoenix. Breaston had become almost as good as Boldin and makes an excellent 2. And Doucet is the same kind of receiver as Boldin and also may ultimately be as good, or almost so.
All this is not to say Boldin is not an excellent receiver. He certainly is. He'll just need someone on the other side with enough speed to spread the coverage and take 2 defenders deep. And he has that guy in Baltimore...Donte Stallworth can fly. Question is: where is Stallworth mentally? At times, he's MIA. 

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2010 1:06 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

You are not giving Ralph Wilson his due...

Since: Sep 1, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2010 12:39 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

Prisco do you even watch football or research players statistics.  As a cards fan, I have been watching a Boldin since 2003 and he was a true number one receiver then.  When Fitz arrived in 2004 their stats are very simular except when Boldin got hurt.  In both 2007 and 2008 their td totals were close with Boldin playing less games. In 2009 Boldin had five tds but Boldin had less chances because of the running game was better at the goal line and Fitz got most of the looks when they threw the ball. As far as him not being able to get past cornerbacks in press coverage, I bet you didnt see the 49 yard td he caught against the Vikings this year or the 71 yard td he caught in the playoff vs the Falcons last year. Since he has been in the league his has had 1000 yard seasons in 5 of 7 of them and i am sure he would have in those other two season if he didnt miss at least for 4 games do to injury.  Prisco did you also take into account that Boldin didnt have Warner throwing to him in all those seasons where he was racking up 1000 yard seasons.  I will bet you right now he goes over 1200 yards and about 8 to 10 tds. 

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2010 12:30 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

Horrible assesment. He is a perfect fit for this Ravens team. Though not a deep threat, his YAC is insane and he is built for the smash-mouth style of football that oozes from Baltimore. This is the guy that did not shy away from taking a hit over the middle immediately after returning from having his jaw broken in a visious colision (in which he held onto the ball!) He is a monster of a man, a great athlete, and a true diffenrece maker on the field. Nice pick-up.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 12:29 am

Boldin not a true No. 1

Wait, Prisco, can you name 31 receivers who are BETTER than Boldin?  If not, that makes Boldin a #1 receiver.  I'll tell you this, I can't name 31 receivers better than him.  In fact, I can't name 15 receivers who are better.  And I'm not talking about possible 1 year wonders like Miles Austin, Steve Smith (NYG), or Sidney Rice.  I'm talking about year in, year out quality receivers.  The discount on Boldin isn't his status as a pass catcher.  The discount is for his durability.  Outside of that, Boldin is a number 1 receiver in this league.  Cut in the Houshmandzadah mold.  A very, very quality possession receiver.  Ignorant ramblings from Prisco on this subject.  He's just got an axe to grind against a player asking for a raise that he's earned.

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