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WR Anquan Boldin - Free Agent

6-1, 216Born: 10-3-1980College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 2

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17 vs GB 59 0 0 0 6 4 57 1 0 11.7
18 at SEA 50 0 0 0 6 2 24 0 0 2.4

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2016 Week 18 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Boldin had a rough day on the field on Saturday night. He had a bad drop early in the game and committed two personal foul penalties and looked flustered at points in the game. He was targeted six times and only converted two into catches going for 24 yards. The Seahawks blew up a bubble screen to Boldin in the first series and Stafford threw the ball away as he recognized the play would go nowhere. His first catch came on a 16-yarder into the middle of the field. His second catch came on a screen pass on a third down, and he got nine yards when the Lions needed 17 to get a first down. Overall, it was a bad performance to finish the season and an ugly way to finish for Boldin.

2016 Week 17 vs GB (6 / 4 / 57 / 1 rec)

Boldin continues to work in the middle of the field, lining up out of the slot on either side. He works in the dirty areas of the field and continues to help the Lions generate first downs. Boldin was targeted in the red zone early in the game as he motioned into the backfield and ran an out route after the receivers on his side of the field cleared out. Boldin caught the pass but Packers Safety Micah Hyde made a great tackle stopping him at the one-yard line. Boldin was overthrown on the next play in the red zone. He caught a crossing route and took it for a physical 11-yard gain that went for a first down. Boldin was targeted again in the red zone from the 13-yard line, catching the pass out of the left slot in between three defenders, taking it for a 10-yard gain and a first down. Boldin also caught the 35-yard Hail Mary at the end of the game and was targeted four times in the red zone on the day.

2016 Week 16 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)

Boldin continues to work in the middle of the field, lining up out of the slot on either side. He works in the dirty areas of the field and continues to help the Lions generate first downs. Boldin caught a pass working out of the left slot on the Lions first offensive snap of the game that went for nine yards. He caught a screen pass working towards the sideline and finished the play gaining five yards, but they were tough yards as he worked into traffic with the ball. Boldin's next two catches went for first down as he caught a six-yard pass needing two on third down and another that went for eight when the Lions needed seven yards. That's the strength of his game as he helps the Lions move the chains and stay in rhythm, and that helps to keep the offense on the field and the defense off of it.

2016 Week 15 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Boldin continues to work in the middle of the field and is a part of the offense utilized in short yardage plays and in the red zone. He was targeted four times and converted three into catches only totaling 13 yards. Boldin's first catch came on a screen pass early in the game and rookie cornerback Eli Apple made a nice play to tackle the big, physical Boldin for a one-yard loss. Boldin ran a comeback route down the left boundary needing four yards on third down and he worked back with very good effort to get five yards and move the chains. Boldin converted another first down on his last catch of the game, this one coming on a quick hitter out of the left slot needing two yards in third down. He used his body to separate and Stafford found him for a seven yard gain. Boldin was targeted in the red zone late in the contest but he was intercepted by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who read Stafford's eyes the whole way to find his way to the ball.

2016 Week 14 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 49 / 1 rec)

Boldin continues to work in the middle of the field and is a big part of the offense in short yardage plays and in the red zone. He was targeted six times (two coming on throwaways) and converted three into catches and all of them were critical plays to the Lions success on Sunday. Boldin's first catch came on a third-down play needing 10 yards. He ran an out route and Stafford delivered the ball right at the marker as Boldin dove for the first down catch. Boldin showed his ability to physically separate from defenders on his touchdown catch coming at the end of the first half. He ran his route from the slot on the right side of the formation, and ran a post-route to the pylon. He ran through the defender and got open as the defender fell to the ground and made a mice catch, adjusting in the air to secure the 16-yard touchdown. Boldin also took advantage of poor coverage and he and Stafford recognized it pre-snap. Boldin ran into an opening and Stafford hit him right away and Boldin took the reception for 23 yards.

2016 Week 13 vs NO (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Boldin continues to work in the middle of the field and is a big part of the offense in short yardage plays and in the red zone. He does a great job in traffic and has emerged as a critical piece of the offense even though his upside is capped as he isn't a primary weapon. Boldin caught passes of 13, 10 nine and eight yards. He had catches that moved the Lions into the red zone and targets that came in the red zone. He continues to use his physicality to create room to operate and drew an interference penalty on Sunday that gave the Lions a first down.

2016 Week 12 vs MIN (9 / 7 / 69 / 1 rec)

Boldin continues to showcase his ability to separate with his short area quickness and his big body. He is involved in the dirty areas of the passing game, working over the middle and in traffic. He continues to move the chains and is being targeted in the red zone which gives him fantasy viability. He was targeted nine times in this game and caught seven passes for 69 yards and a score. Early in the game Boldin worked the soft zone in the middle of the Vikings defense and secured two catches that went for first down on the first drive of the game. He then scored a two yard touchdown which showcased his veteran savvy and ability to use his eyes to get open for a scrambling quarterback. Boldin ran a crosser at the back of the end zone and Stafford was forced to climb the pocket because of pressure. Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes had his back on Stafford and Boldin saw Stafford scrambling and quickly stopped his feet and went the other way, leaving Waynes in the dust and catching an easy score. Boldin had catches of seven and 10 yards but made two huge plays on the Lions game-tying drive that started at the Lions two-yard line. Boldin ran a short out route to the left sideline and Stafford hit him on the move and Boldin took it up the left sideline for 29 yards. A short time later he took a short throw for seven yards, dragging a defender almost the entire way to put the Lions in good down and distance. Boldin is proving to be a glue-type player for this offense and a fantastic free agent signing.

2016 Week 11 vs JAX (9 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)

Boldin was the most targeted receiver on Sunday as the Jaguars threw a blanket on the outside options the Lions deployed. Boldin is still extremely effective running short crossing routes and slants which allows him to use his big body to separate and get open to help move the chains. Boldin was involved between the numbers all game and was targeted nine total times, all of them coming on short throws. He caught six passes and totaled 37 yards, but his longest catch of the day went for eight yards. Boldin was prevented from making big plays but was effective in keeping the Lions offense in good down and distance situations.

2016 Week 9 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)

Boldin was not looked at all that much against the Vikings but when he was targeted it mattered. Boldin was targeted four times overall in the game; three coming on third down throws and one coming in the red zone from the one-yard line. All three throws coming on third down throws came with him getting enough distance for first down, but he dropped two of them which is unlike him. To be fair, these balls came in hot but they did hot him in both hands and should have been caught. Boldin caught a one-yard touchdown pass and that came on an out route where he used his big body to the create separation and Stafford delivered a strike for the score.

2016 Week 7 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)

Boldin was not heavily involved in the passing game in Week 7. He was targeted twice very early in the game. Boldin set up over the middle of the field on the first snap of the game but linebacker Will Compton made a very nice play to break up the pass. Boldin also ran a route short of the sticks on third down and caught the pass, but he couldn't get the first down and the Lions punted on fourth down. Boldin didn't show up again until later in the game. He ran a very nice route on 3rd-and-6, throttling down to sit into zone coverage and taking a pass for nine yards into the red zone. Boldin caught the game-winning touchdown on a phenomenal route and throw combination. He was lined up out in the slot and he ran a stutter and go route with Stafford zipping the ball over a linebacker and in front of a cornerback for an 18-yard score. He made a few huge plays when the Lions really needed him, and has been a consistent performer for the Lions every week.

2016 Week 6 vs LA (9 / 8 / 60 / 1 rec)

Boldin was heavily involved in the Lions short yardage passing attack Sunday and he was remarkably efficient, converting nine targets into eight catches. The majority of his catches came on quick hitting plays that went for under 10 yards. Six of his eight catches were for less than 10 yards, but they helped to move the chains or put the Lions in positive down and distances which keeps the offense in rhythm and tempo. Boldin did hit the Rams up the seam for 15 yards and got between safety LaMarcus Joyner and Alec Ogletree for a four-yard touchdown. He continues to show very good initial quickness and uses his big body to create separation.

2016 Week 5 vs PHI (4 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

Boldin was targeted four times in this game, all of them coming in the short or intermediate passing game. He is a physical route runner and drew a pass interference call in the first half. Three of Boldin's catches went for first downs and he continues to move the chains for this offense. Boldin's longest play of the day went for 20 yards and came on a play where he showed great physicality to run through coverage and up the seam. He also caught a pass of 14 yards and two for seven yards.

2016 Week 4 vs CHI (8 / 6 / 31 / 0 rec)

Boldin was targeted eight times in this game, most coming in the short throwing game. He is still very effective using his big body to create separation, and the Lions use him to move the chains. He caught six passes and totaled 31 yards, but four of those catches went for first downs. The other area where the Lions are using him is in the pick/rub game as they're deploying him out of the slot and running the outside receiver behind him into a clearing. Boldin is helping with the tempo and rhythm of the offense and those are very critical things for Stafford.

2016 Week 3 vs GB (6 / 4 / 22 / 1 rec)

Boldin was not all that involved in the passing game as the script played out that the Lions needed to go down the field which is not what Boldin does well. However, he was very effective when he was targeted and helped the Lions put points on the board and move the chains. Boldin had four catches, all coming on crossing routes or in the middle of the field. He showed his first-step quickness on a nicely designed play which allowed him to run a quick out to the pylon while keeping the defender away from his hands via his big body. Boldin scored on that play from two yards out.

2016 Week 2 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 48 / 1 rec)

Boldin also had a case of the drops on Sunday as he dropped a pass on the second play of the game and another on the final drive of the game for the Lions. In between he was very good, showing veteran savvy and the ability to help the Lions by moving the chains for first downs. He was targeted seven times and catching four of them for 48 yards. Boldin caught a 24-yard touchdown pass which was a thing of beauty. He was triple covered in the end zone but he worked his way back to Stafford as the defenders had their eyes on him and not on the ball. Stafford made a dangerous (but fantastic) throw and Boldin caught the pass for a touchdown. He caught another touchdown pass that was negated by a holding call. Boldin also committed a holding penalty and an offensive interference penalty in the game.

2016 Week 1 vs IND (3 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Boldin uses his big body incredibly well and that was on display in this game. In the first half he caught two passes, one on a crossing route where the Lions used a rub concept that allowed Boldin to take the ball into the secondary. The play went for 30 yards but was called back on a hold by Golden Tate, although the play still went for a first down. Boldin's second completion was a very short out route that went for three yards, but it went for a first down and allowed the Lions to continue a drive that ended up in the end zone. Ironically, the Lions had a second down and needed 13 yards for a first down in the second half, and they went with a receiver screen to Boldin and he got 14 yards. Boldin simply helps to move the chains.


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