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WR Anquan Boldin - San Francisco 49ers

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

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Week 5: at New York Giants

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. What 49ers' passing offense? Last week was the second scoreless game of the season for Colin Kaepernick, and the third out of four without a passing touchdown from him to... anyone. After subtracting the -41 yards from six Green Bay sacks, Kaepernick had 119 net yards passing and one interception thrown. Right now Kaepernick is on pace to take 56 sacks (he's taken 14 sacks and 22 other hits over four games). There is nothing good going on here, folks, and won't be until Kaepernick either gets benched or gets his game back. The Giants' pass D held Tyrod Taylor to 258 net yards passing last week, with one TD and one interception thrown - two weeks ago, Kirk Cousins bombed them for over 300 yards passing, with 30/49 for 305 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown. This is not the best pass D in the NFL entering Week Five, friends. This bad matchup is all about the dysfunction of the 49ers' offense, rather than anything the Giants might do in the course of the game.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs MIN 59 0 0 0 5 4 36 0 0 3.6
2 at PIT 80 0 0 0 10 6 60 1 0 12
3 at ARI 41 0 0 0 4 2 16 0 0 1.6
4 vs GB 48 0 0 0 7 3 12 0 0 1.2
5 at NYG PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
5 at NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
5 at NYG PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs GB (7 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

The fact that Boldin's 7 targets only produced 3 receptions was not his fault. The first incompletion was thrown at his feet. The second was an interception where Kaepernick had all the time in the world (and has all the arm strength in the world), but still underthrew the deep ball into double-coverage. The third was on a flag route that Kaepernick overthrew 10 yards out of bounds. The fourth came on the next play, and looked almost identical. At this point, Boldin displayed what can only be called "negative body language." He would do so again later in the fourth quarter, when Kaepernick was sacked on 4th-and-4 in the red zone.

2015 Week 3 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Boldin was the target of Kaepernick's second interception. He was "open," but Tyrann Mathieu was able to jump the route because the pass was telegraphed and weakly thrown. Boldin was also the target of Kaepernick's next two passes, both of which came resulted in completions against man-to-man coverage. The second was the more impressive of the two, with Boldin beating cornerback Jerraud Powers to the inside on a skinny post for a 14-yard gain. That said, getting only four targets under such favorable game script conditions is worrying.

2015 Week 2 vs PIT (10 / 6 / 60 / 1 rec)

Boldin had an uncharacteristically sloppy game. And with the game script tilted heavily toward passing, he also had a relatively underproductive one. As per usual, Boldin played the most snaps of any San Francisco wide receiver and ran the most routes. But, here's the thing: It was 50 routes, and 1.20 yards per route run is well below the NFL average for wide receivers (1.64). In other words, an average wide receiver would have had a much bigger game fantasy-wise given the same opportunities. Of course, Boldin was somewhat of his own worst enemy in this regard. Midway through the third quarter, he dropped a wide-open 20-yard pass, which would have given the 49ers first-and-goal at the Steelers' 8-yard line. Instead, the drive stalled and San Francisco turned it over on downs. Even before the game got out of hand, Boldin was bailed out by officials when, what looked like a fumble (and Steelers recovery) on San Francisco's first drive, was ruled an incompletion and upheld in review. If there's a bright side to Boldin's performance, it's that Kaepernick (once again) targeted him repeatedly in the red zone, including his final two targets of the game.

2015 Week 1 vs MIN (5 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

With their running game working so well, and the team preserving a lead for the entire second half, Boldin only had 5 targets, the first of which didn't come until there was 5:45 left in the second quarter. Not surprisingly, all of Boldin's targets were 15 yards downfield or shorter, and four of them came when he found the hole in a zone. He was also the primary target on a crucial third-and-1 in the foutrh quarter, which he successfully converted. Boldin's longest gain was a 15-yard in-route against cornerback Xavier Rhodes' man-to-man coverage, so at least Boldin can still win one-on-one matchups at 34 years old. Also not surprising, Boldin played 15 more snaps than the next-highest wideout because he's San Francisco's choice in one-receiver sets.


Latest News

49ers | Anquan Boldin has struggled vs. NYG (Thu Oct 8, 07:47 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin has only scored once in six career games versus the New York Giants. He has also only averaged 66.8 yards and 5.8 receptions in those games.

49ers | Anquan Boldin has quiet game (Mon Sep 28, 01:54 AM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin had a pair of receptions for 16 yards in the Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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5@ New York Giants
6vs Baltimore Ravens
7vs Seattle Seahawks
8@ St. Louis Rams
9vs Atlanta Falcons
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