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WR Anquan Boldin - San Francisco 49ers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 30): Boldin seems to be over his hamstring issues, and he actually has more fantasy value with Blaine Gabbert than he had with Colin Kaepernick. Consider him a high floor WR3/Flex heading to Chicago.

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Recent Stats and Projections

11 at SEA 43 0 0 0 7 5 93 0 0 9.3
12 vs ARI 54 0 0 0 11 8 93 0 0 9.3
13 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 12 vs ARI (11 / 8 / 93 / 0 rec)

Working predominately out of the slot, almost all of Boldin's catches came on in-breaking routes, with six of them gaining 10 yards or more. He wasn't getting shadowed by any particular defender, and didn't really "beat" any of them so much as Gabbert consistently threw perfectly placed passes to him in air-tight coverage. That's why four of Boldin's receptions gained 1 yard or less after the catch, and his highest YAC of the game was only 9 yards.

2015 Week 11 vs SEA (7 / 5 / 93 / 0 rec)

Boldin was far more productive than you'd expect for someone who was limited in practice during the week and could be seen wearing sweatpants on the sideline to keep his hamstring warm during the game. Boldin's most valuable plays both came in the slot against nickel safety DeShawn Shead. On 3rd-and-1 in a two-minute drill at the end of the first half, Boldin caught a short pass and shed Shead's tackle attempt (pun intended) to gain 11 additional yards. In the fourth quarter, Boldin got open down the seam of Seattle's Cover-3, catching a 28-yard pass when Shead couldn't get to him in time.

2015 Week 7 vs SEA (7 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

Once again, Boldin was the most frequently targeted receiver. Once again, Kaepernick was able to connect with him on a deep pass (a 27-yard, back-shoulder pitch-and-catch). Other than that, Boldin spent the game watching passes either bounce at his feet or sail over his head. One troubling thing that doesn't show up in his stat line is that Boldin was rarely covered by Richard Sherman, so a better Kaepernick performance would have likely produced a big game for Boldin -- opportunity lost.

2015 Week 6 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 102 / 0 rec)

Given the kinds of targets he's been receiving the past few weeks, it's increasingly apparent that 49ers coaches don't believe Boldin's age is catching up to him. Once again, he and Kaepernick connected on a long pass, this time a deep post in which Boldin split Baltimore's zone coverage, and was able to get behind cornerback Jimmy Smith. Boldin's athleticism in the coaches' minds was also evident in the fact that three of his targets came on bubble screens. These weren't as successful, however, with only the first one more than a couple of yards, primarily because Boldin reversed field immediately, running clear across the field after catching the ball, and gaining 15 yards behind a convoy of blockers.

2015 Week 5 vs NYG (12 / 8 / 107 / 1 rec)

Boldin produced the above stat line despite not seeing his first target until four minutes into the second quarter. Most of the production that came from then on was due more to play design than Boldin's (diminishing) individual ability. His touchdown was the result of a legal pick play at the goal line. Both deep receptions involved Boldin beating backup defensive backs one-on-one: Craig Dahl and Trevin Wade. In other words, when he was being covered by Prince Amukamara or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, he didn't produce much of anything. That said, Boldin does remain a preferred red zone option in this offense, especially with Vernon Davis out: Five of his 12 targets came in the red zone, including the entire set of downs preceding Phil Dawson's second quarter field goal.

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 strong performance (Mon Nov 30, 01:09 AM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) managed eight receptions for 93 yards in the Week 12 game against the Arizona Cardinals. He was targeted 11 times.

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49ers | Anquan Boldin listed as probable (Fri Nov 27, 08:12 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 27, and is listed as probable for the Week 12 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Our View: Boldin struggled a bit with his hamstring issue last week, but was productive with Blaine Gabbert at the helm and should be again this week against his old mates. He's a high floor WR3/Flex.
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49ers | Full practice for Anquan Boldin (Thu Nov 26, 04:49 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Boldin is fine but this offense isn't so you can start him if you need only WR4/WR5 numbers.
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49ers | Anquan Boldin fully practices (Wed Nov 25, 07:48 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Nov. 25.

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49ers | Anquan Boldin in and out of lineup (Sun Nov 22, 11:28 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring) posted five receptions for a game-high 93 yards in the Week 11 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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