WR Anquan Boldin - Free Agent
|6-1, 216||Born: 10-3-1980||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 54 (2003)|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 13 vs CHI (13 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
How does a player -- besides Davante Adams -- have only five receptions on 13 targets when only one of those targets was over 15 yards downfield? Well, the answer is a combination of tight coverage by Bears cornberacks and inaccurate passing by Blaine Gabbert: Three of eight incompletions resulted from the former, while five resulted from the latter. That said, 13 targets is 13 targets, so Boldin's role as San Francisco's go-to receiver in crucial situations remains unquestioned. That's especially the case given when he was targeted. In regulation, Gabbert threw the ball Boldin's way five times on 2nd-and-long and twice on 3rd down, one of which resulted in a first down inside the 5-yard line. And in overtime, Boldin was the target on all three passes preceding Torrey Smith's game-winner.
2015 Week 14 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
In perhaps the most surprising stat of the game considering his recent usage, Boldin's first unofficial target didn't come until midway through the third quarter. It resulted in a first down because of defensive pass interference. All three of Boldin's official targets came against soft coverage. On the last play of the third quarter, he beat Tramon Williams' off-man coverage for 14 yards. With about nine minutes left in the game, his next target fell incomplete when safety Donte Whitner jarred the ball loose before Boldin could secure it. Boldin's second reception (and final target) produced 8 yards on 3rd-and-17, this time against off-man coverage by second-year cornerback K'Waun Williams.
2015 Week 15 vs CIN (10 / 8 / 74 / 1 rec)
For whatever reason, 49ers coaches continue to view Boldin as being younger, faster, and more elusive after the catch than he actually is, which leads to things like "four bubble screens that go nowhere." Boldin's more sensible targets, meanwhile, led to all of his production, including his fourth-quarter touchdown. On that play, as was the case on most plays, Boldin was matched up against Leon Hall in the slot. He was able to evade Hall's weak jam attempt at five yards, got a yard or so of separation, and caught Gabbert's well-placed throw while falling to the ground in the end zone. Boldin's other big catch, a 29-yard catch and run in the third quarter, help set up San Francisco's other touchdown. He was left wide open on a 10-yard out route when Hall vacated his short zone responsibilities. After the catch, Boldin broke Adam Jones' tackle attempt along the sideline, and stumbled 12 more yards upfield to give the 49ers first down in the red zone. One final play worth noting is when Boldin was partially responsible for a third touchdown, that of the opponent. Once again in the slot, he caught a 5-yard out between two defenders, but defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who had dropped into coverage on a zone-blitz, was able to a) strip Boldin from behind after he turned upfield, b) recover the fumble, c) somehow not get touched down by Boldin, and d) return the fumble to San Francisco's 11-yard line.
2015 Week 16 vs DET (5 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)
Boldin was the target on five of Blaine Gabbert's first seven passes, but then disappeared for the final 50 minutes. His only target after the first quarter doesn't appear in the box score because the play was nullifed by defensive pass interference. The penalty that play was on cornerback Darius Slay, who happens to be the main reason for Boldin's disappearance. After Boldin's initial flurry, wherein he was defeating Detroit's other cornerbacks (and the occassional linebacker in zone), their defense adjusted by having Slay shadow Boldin on nearly all of his routes from the third drive on.
2015 Week 17 vs LA (8 / 5 / 71 / 1 rec)
After 16 weeks of failed bubble screens to Boldin, his first target was -- wait for it -- a bubble screen that gained 1 yard. Boldin's second target was his statistical highlight of the game, although there wasn't much personal skill involved. Lined up outside the numbers of a twin left formation (which has been exceedingly rare for him during his San Francisco tenure) in 22 personnel (i.e., 2 running backs, 2 wide receivers, 1 tight end), Boldin ran a skinny post against Janoris Jenkins' man-to-man coverage. He got zero separation on his route, but Jenkins slipped on the Levi's Stadium turf at the top of it, so he was able to catch the pass and waltz 15 yards into the end zone for an easy touchdown. I'd mention his late fourth-quarter reception that will be included in all Blaine Gabbert highlight reels from here to eternity, but a desperation heave that Boldin just happened to be the recipient of shouldn't be construed as a reflection of his own ability or performance.
2014 Week 1 vs DAL (9 / 8 / 99 / 0 rec)
Boldin was Kaepernick's favorite target and absolutely destroyed the Cowboys soft zone coverage. On his first target he juked a guy at the line of scrimmage then ran over another for a seven yard gain. Two plays later he split the zone on a deep post for a 37 yard gain. The rest of the game Boldin spent on short crosses and dig routes underneath the zone that wouldn't come within eight yards of the line of scrimmage. Boldin converted three third downs on those types of routes. Boldin's route running and physical strength was too much for the Cowboys secondary.
2014 Week 2 vs CHI (6 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Boldin didn't see as much action as he did in Week 1 and had as many drops as he did receptions. His best play was a leaping catch for 21 yard gain in between zone coverage in the first quarter. One of his two drops came on a low pass from Kaepernick, who was under pressure, but it's the kind of ball he usually catches.
2014 Week 3 vs ARI (6 / 6 / 36 / 0 rec)
Boldin saw a little drop in his usage with the high amount of targets going to Johnson and Crabtree, but he was great when the ball was thrown his way. He just missed a touchdown when he made a diving catch at the two yard line in traffic. He was actually standing in the end zone when the ball was thrown but had to dive back out to make the catch. That was one of two catches he made inside the ten yard line, but never got into the end zone. Boldin made a beautiful fingertip catch on a ball going away from him on a short out and hauled in a catch in traffic for a first down, absorbing a huge hit. It was about as good a day a guy could have with a fantasy line as paltry as his was.
2014 Week 4 vs PHI (7 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Boldin was the top receiver for the 49ers in a game that didn't feature a lot of downfield passing. His first catch came on 3rd and 10 in the first quarter. Bolding caught the ball 5yards downfield, made one man miss and plowed through 2 more for a first down. He also made an outstanding catch in tight coverage on the right sidelines for a 23 yard gain on 3rd and 5. His final catch was a diving hands catch under tight coverage for a 12 yard gain on 3rd and 9. It was exactly the type of play we've come to expect from the veteran.
2014 Week 5 vs KC (8 / 4 / 72 / 0 rec)
While Boldin only caught 4 of the 8 intended passes sent his way, he still had a great day for the 49ers. Boldin was virtually uncoverable when sent on routes down the seem, and Chiefs defenders failed to knock away passes despite great coverage on other plays. Boldin's lack of separation is nothing new, but his ability to make tough catches with defenders all over him has allowed the veteran receiver to stay viable long after his long speed left. Boldin received 8 targets likely because of the absence of tight end Vernon Davis, and will likely be utilized in a similar manor as long as Davis remains sidelined with injury.
2014 Week 6 vs STL (9 / 7 / 94 / 1 rec)
Boldin exploited a busted coverage early in the game on a short cross to pick up 28 yards for his first catch. His second catch was even more important, digging the 49ers out of a hole on 2nd and 11 on their own 4 to pick up 12. All three of Boldin's second half catches converted third downs into first downs, including his third quarter touchdown. While the play was made by Kaepernick, Boldin did a good job of keeping his route alive and sprinting across the back of the end zone before catching Kaepernick's perfectly placed pass. Outside of that play it was a pretty typical Boldin day, catching short underneath routes and fighting forward for first downs.
2014 Week 7 vs DEN (10 / 7 / 50 / 0 rec)
Boldin had an uneven day to put it nicely. He dropped a sure touchdown at the 2 yard line with no one around him and had a pass interference penalty that negated a Michael Crabtree touchdown. His best play was a great diving catch coming back to Kaepernick on a ball that was underthrown in the red zone. Outside of those plays, Boldin was most inconsequential, catching short passes under the defense and getting tackled immediately.
2014 Week 9 vs STL (7 / 6 / 93 / 1 rec)
As bad as the rest of the 49ers offense was, Boldin had a very good day. His 27 yard touchdown came on a breakdown in coverage that left him wide open over the middle. He strolled into the end zone untouched after the catch. Bolding also had a big play on the final drive, breaking two tackles to pick up 20 yards. Boldin caught everything thrown his way and led the team in both receptions and yardage.
2014 Week 10 vs NO (15 / 6 / 95 / 1 rec)
It's difficult to say that a receiver that posted a 6-95-1 had a bad day, but uneven doesn't seem quite harsh enough. On the positive side, Boldin made back-to-back plays in the second quarter that led to the 49ers third score. He ran a great route and made a good hands catch on a 23 yard post and two plays later scored a touchdown on a beautiful pass from Kaepernick. It was a fade route and Boldin showed good concentration to get two feet in and haul in the pass under tight coverage. On the negative side, Boldin had at least 5 drops and a long catch reversed because of offensive pass interference. One of the drops came on another deep post and likely would have been a long touchdown because there was no one between him and the end zone. It's fair to say, had Boldin caught the passes he normally does this could have been one of the best games of his career.
2014 Week 11 vs NYG (6 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Boldin was held relatively quiet, though he did catch nearly everything that was thrown his way. He had a 16 yard gain in the first quarter that came on a simple short cross. After the catch Boldin broke 2 tackles to turn it into a big gain. Boldin's 11 yard grab was a good hands catch with a defender draped all over him on 2nd and 7. The game script limited his targets and production in the 2nd half.
2014 Week 12 vs WAS (12 / 9 / 137 / 1 rec)
Boldin had an outstanding game as Kaepernick's favorite and most productive receiver. He showed his great hands on his first catch, a bullet from less than 10 yards away, then beat his man up field for an 18 yard gain. Two plays later he badly beat his man on a corner route and caught a perfect pass from Kaepernick for a 30 yard touchdown. Boldin made several other important catches to pick up first downs in tight coverage, but none were as good as the one he made on the game-winning drive. Boldin caught the pass in the seam and held on through an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit. Boldin then bounced off the hit and sprinted up the field for more yardage. His final catch was on a short slant and Boldin dove between two defenders to move the 49ers inside the 5 yard line.
2014 Week 13 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
The Seahawks completely took Boldin out of the game plan and when he did catch the ball he was smothered immediately. He couldn't get any separation and Colin Kaepernick didn't look his way often.
2014 Week 14 vs OAK (9 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Boldin had a disappointing day against what should have been a good match up. His first touch came on a running play where he shifted into the backfield and ran off right guard. Early in the second quarter Boldin got a target in the end zone and hauled in the long pass but couldn't get two feet in bounds. Boldin also had a drop in tight coverage that would have converted a first down. After a disappointing start, he found a little rhythm late in the half. He took a short slant, juked a defender and banged his way for a 16 yard gain. Later in the same drive he made an outstanding catch on a ball thrown down the seam, holding on after a big hit for a 20 yard gain. Boldin was held to just one catch in the second half, and that was a nice diving grab well short of the marker on 3rd and long.
2014 Week 15 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Boldin made a couple of nice grabs on low throws from Kaepernick. The first was a deep post that was thrown very hard and Boldin went down to haul it in for a 15 yard gain. The second was a sliding catch on a short slant for a first down.
2014 Week 16 vs SD (9 / 7 / 61 / 0 rec)
Boldin had his lone touchdown wiped away by a holding penalty on the offensive line. Outside of that he was limited to several short catches underneath the coverage. His 20 yard reception came on a quick slant where he broke two tackles to pick up extra yardage. Boldin also had an 11 yard reception in the red zone but was brought down at the 3 yard line. Boldin also had one bad drop on a pass he would normally snag.
2014 Week 17 vs ARI (9 / 2 / 81 / 1 rec)
A breakdown in coverage left Boldin wide open on a slant for an easy 76 yard touchdown after Kaepernick hit him in stride. Boldin also scored a second touchdown later in the game but had it called back because of a chop block. To start the second quarter Boldin made an outstanding leaping grab on a short pass to pick up 5 yards and convert a 3rd down. Those were his only receptions in a game that was dominated by the ground attack.
2013 Week 1 vs GB (17 / 13 / 208 / 1 rec)
It would be difficult to envision a better start to Anquan Boldin's career as a 49er. His superhuman performance from last year's playoffs looks to have rolled over in to this season, as Boldin decimated the Green Bay secondary. When the defense ran zone coverage, Boldin was able to find the soft spot in the secondary. When the defense ran tight man-to-man coverage, Boldin used his power to dictate body position, bullying the corner and shrugging off tackles after the catch. If the ball was thrown high and contested, Boldin had the power and viciousness to snatch the ball out of the air, shrugging off the defender. What the defense was doing seemed almost insignificant to Boldin. Many times Kaepernick scrambled out of the pocket, and Boldin had the awareness to break off his man and scramble with the quarterback, finding space to allow for a big play. When Kaepernick led Boldin too far on a crossing route, Boldin stretched his arm out and with one hand pulled the ball against his body. Kaepernick threw the ball too high in the end zone, yet Boldin leapt high enough to pull the pass down, an incompletion only because the defender was able to block Boldin's reentry inbounds. Even on a quick pass to Boldin in the flat, Boldin took the ball upfield and would not go to ground without three men on top of him. And it wasn't only power that allowed Boldin to dominate the defense, but a level of craftiness and technique: executing double moves on defenders off the line to get in to space, recognizing coverage and adjusting, scramble awareness, even excellent downfield run blocking. When Kaepernick threw a dart to Boldin in the red zone, the corner launched himself against Boldin, yet Boldin barely moved as he caught the ball and sprinted in to the end zone. What Anquan Boldin was able to accomplish in his first game with Colin Kaepernick not only demonstrated that Boldin has a lot to offer an offense at this point in his career, but that the connection between the two only has more room to grow as each player learns what the other does best and the chemistry and mind meld continues to develop.
2013 Week 2 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
After such a stellar opening game with his new team, Boldin's poor game was all the more telling. Lined up against Richard Sherman, Boldin was unable to use his power and strength to gain position or separation on the equally strong Sherman. In addition, Seattle often rolled coverage towards Boldin, leaving the wide receiver double teamed. The few times Boldin was able to beat the tight press coverage, a safety was often there to bracket Boldin, not allowing him to get open no matter what else occurred. The secondary stayed disciplined on scramble drills, so when Kaepernick left the pocket they remained with Boldin, preferring to let the quarterback run than allow Boldin to gain separation. Without an effective run game or second receiver to alleviate this tight pressure, Boldin was unable to escape the focused coverage, and when Kaepernick forced the ball to him, such as the interception in 4th quarter, the defense was able to use their body position and double coverage to break up or make a play. His only completion came in the 4th quarter on a quick slant, catching the hard throw before being taken down immediately.
2013 Week 3 vs IND (8 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
Without a reliable second option, the coverage was rolled towards Boldin for most of the game. Even when the wide receiver was able to beat his man-to-man coverage, a second defender was there to defend the pass. His first catch came on a play-action rollout. Boldin ran in the flat and caught a low pass from Kaepernick, then broke the initial tackle to gain 14 yards. Boldin's longest catch of the game came on a slant. The safety cut under to pick the ball off and Kaepernick threaded the tight window, hitting Boldin in stride and the receiver sprinted through wide open space. With only a safety between Boldin and the end zone, the receiver ran directly in to the defender, attempting to run over instead of around the obstacle. Boldin was tackled immediately and what could have been a longer gain instead went for 24 yards. In fact, the slant route was one of the few plays that the 49ers had some success, as Boldin's power and frame allowed him to gain position on the tight coverage. But throughout the game Boldin was double covered, and even with his power and skill, Boldin was unable to gain the necessary separation.
2013 Week 4 vs STL (7 / 5 / 90 / 1 rec)
Engaging in the most entertaining of battles, Anquan Boldin fought throughout with the nebulous idea of pass interference. Pushing off, hand-fighting, dragging the corner to the ground, Boldin played a physical game against a defense that wanted to play equally physical. At times, Boldin was called for offensive pass interference. At other times, the defense was called for pass interference. But when Boldin cut on an out route, caught the ball on the sideline and fully absorbed Cortland Finnegan's blow to the legs while keeping a tightrope in bounds as he dove for the touchdown, it was clear that Boldin would be the victor. Often the camera cut towards Boldin having just created a bit of space for himself on the sideline as the ball arrived at his chest, two feet in bounds as Boldin fell backwards for a catch. His ability to gain body position on slants continued to be a difficulty for the defender, as swatting around Boldin's back was ineffective to jarring passes loose. On Boldin's long catch of the game, he made an excellent double move to break upfield and Kaepernick hit him in stride for a 42-yard gain, even as Finnegan committed defensive holding.
2013 Week 5 vs HOU (6 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Boldin's first reception went for 12 yards on first and 10 down the sideline. He worked back to the football as Johnathan Joseph was on his shoulder. A few plays later, Kaepernick tried to find Boldin down the sideline, but the receiver couldn't make a difficult reception. Boldin caught a bubble screen soon after for a first down at the goal line. Kaepernick tried to find Boldin on a screen again on third and 13, but the pass was underthrown as J.J. Watt pressured the quarterback. Kaepernick couldn't connect with Boldin on a slant route from the slot, but the cornerback was punished for a hold that wasn't evident on the replay.
2013 Week 6 vs ARI (8 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Though usually excellent at using body position to create a barrier between the defender and the ball, Boldin struggled against the physical Patrick Peterson. The corner lined up against Boldin throughout, and even when Kaepernick was able to deliver the ball on Boldin's hands, Peterson was able to slip around Boldin's side to tear the ball out. Often Boldin found himself frustrated with the tight coverage. The insistent hand fighting didn't allow him to simply pluck the ball from the air. With such an aggressive secondary gameplan in regards to Boldin, the few successes the wide receiver had came when he was able to gain separation with either a sharp route or soft coverage. For example, on a comeback route Boldin was able to beat his man back to the ball, while a sharply ran inside-out route allowed Boldin to catch the ball in front of softer coverage. But the physical dominance that Boldin had often displayed again came up lacking, as Arizona was consistently able to tear the ball away while making Boldin's efforts to gain position a frustrating struggle.
2013 Week 7 vs TEN (6 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)
The only wide receiver to record a catch, Boldin continued to keep the woeful San Francisco receiving corps somewhat respectable. Though his most impressive catch was the one handed pull down near the sideline that baffled the announcers, the catch that showed the most precision between Boldin and Kaepernick occurred in the 2nd quarter. Using a hand to try to separate from the corner, Boldin was tightly covered when Kaepernick put a ball just ahead of the receiver. Diving forward, Boldin was able to catch the long throw in the face of almost perfect coverage. That rapport between Boldin and Kaepernick continued to grow as the two connected on different types of passes, including a jump ball to the sideline that allowed Boldin to elevate above the corner and snatch out of the air. His ability to use power and technique to gain separation against focused coverage lifted the 49ers' passing game at key moments, and the tight pressure from the secondary may soften if San Francisco can field another legitimate wide receiver.
2013 Week 8 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Facing one-on-one coverage for much of the game, Boldin could have had a performance reminiscent of Green Bay had San Francisco needed to throw the ball. Instead Boldin served as an excellent run blocker and physical menace against the slighter Jacksonville coverage. At times, Boldin was able to separate so easily from coverage it appeared that no one had attempted to cover him at all. On one slant, Kaepernick delivered a ball to Boldin's gut without a defender being in the vicinity. On a crossing route, Boldin was able to run through zone coverage with ease and catch a ball in wide open space. Jacksonville's only recourse was pulling Boldin down immediately, tackling the receiver while the ball was in the air and hoping the referee was distracted. Instead, Boldin was able to draw a pass interference penalty to move the drive along. Perhaps had the score not been so lopsided so soon Boldin could have made a bigger impact, but the passing game was unnecessary with a running game doing so much good work.
2013 Week 10 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
As the season wears, Boldin is looking less effective as a top option in the passing game. Early on, the rolled coverage forced him in to double coverage that he was unable to beat. Now Boldin is struggling with one-on-one coverage, not fast enough to beat the man downfield while Kaepernick is unwilling to throw jump balls to tight coverage. Boldin's only catches against Carolina came on very short routes where the receiver ran beneath a soft zone and stopped, allowing an easy throw for Kaepernick but an easy tackle and stop for a fast pursuing defense. On a deep post, Kaepernick underthrew Boldin by such a wide margin the corner seemed surprised as the ball struck the defender's hands. Without a quarterback able and willing to make tight coverage throws, Boldin's ability to outmuscle the corner was largely wasted.
2013 Week 11 vs NO (9 / 6 / 56 / 1 rec)
The most productive of the San Francisco wide receivers this season, Boldin was able to repeatedly gain separation against his overmatched corner. Boldin's quick cuts and timing on out routes allowed Kaepernick to deliver balls on time and to a location where only Boldin could make the catch. His chemistry with Kaepernick on back shoulder fades was also exemplary, as the wide receiver turned to catch just as the ball arrived repeatedly throughout the game. On his touchdown catch, Boldin was able to run with the tight coverage then separate at the last moment, claiming position over the corner as he leapt in to the air and Kaepernick's pass arrived on his back shoulder. Boldin held on to the ball under duress and backpedaled in to the end zone. Even with Boldin's mastery of the back shoulder fade and out route, he was limited as a number one receiver. His strength and tenacity allowed him to gain separation on short throws, but when San Francisco needed some type of downfield threat, Boldin was much too lumbering to enact any type of separation. Boldin has never been the fastest, instead his skills fit the mold of great possession receiver. Unfortunately, San Francisco's injuries forced Boldin in to a miscast role as a number one receiver, and Boldin was unable to threaten the coverage in enough ways to open the passing game.
2013 Week 12 vs WAS (6 / 5 / 94 / 2 rec)
The wide gap between Anqaun Boldin's strengths and weakness can sometimes be staggering. At no point in his career did Boldin have the speed or quickness to separate from coverage, so for Kaepernick to wait until Boldin got open and away from his defender would have been rather futile. However, Boldin's power and body positioning have always been superb. When Boldin was tightly covered, he wasn't really covered. The only way for those strengths to be utilized was for the quarterback to have complete confidence that if he threw to tight one-on-one coverage, Boldin would win the battle. During the Washington game, Kaepernick made those confident throws and Boldin won those battles. On routes down the sideline and in the seam, Boldin was able to gain the body position that allowed Kaepernick to throw to the open side of the receiver. When Kaepernick made these back shoulder throws, Boldin leaped high and tore the ball from the air as the corner watched helplessly. On some of those jump balls, Boldin looked to be twice the corner's size as the receiver reached the highest point and with pure power grabbed the ball and held on. On one play, Boldin grabbed the back shoulder pass and turned, only for the safety to deliver a walloping hit. No matter, Boldin absorbed the blow and continued for a 32-yard gain. After Boldin caught a 24-yard pass down the sideline, Kaepernick went right back to the receiver. Running a corner post route to the end zone, Boldin gained the body position that allowed Kaepernick to throw to the back shoulder. Boldin caught the pass and twisted in to the end zone for a touchdown. On his second touchdown catch, Kaepernick scrambled to the right and the defense pursued. With the defense moving right, Boldin cut back across the back of the end zone and Kaepernick threw a hard, accurate pass.
2013 Week 13 vs STL (13 / 9 / 98 / 0 rec)
Proving to be an absolute terror to deal with, Boldin constantly beat his man coverage with power and body position. Continuing a trend from the previous week, Kaepernick looked more confident throwing to Boldin in tight coverage. This allowed Boldin to use his body position to box out the corner and catch the ball on the back shoulder. After watching Boldin repeatedly overpower the corner, St. Louis chose the tactic of playing soft coverage against Boldin. This resulted in quick throws by Kaepernick that allowed the receiver to run in space, or more likely, run as hard as he could at an incoming corner. On one play, Boldin caught the short pass in space and quickly turned up field, taking on the corner with a lowered shoulder as he stretched for the first down. The safety came over the top and hit Boldin in the head with an elbow, resulting in a personal foul penalty. Boldin was able to force numerous penalties as St. Louis couldn't figure out whether to play soft coverage and play the quick completion or play tight coverage and risk throws over the top. On two separate occasions Kaepernick lofted a ball to Boldin in one-one-one coverage, forcing the corner to attempt to drag Boldin to the ground. Both penalties resulted in a first down. Boldin had two separate catches on the 49ers' first touchdown drive that were instrumental in moving the ball towards the end zone. On the first, Kaepernick waited for Boldin to make a break on a deep slant against the zone coverage. When the break came, Boldin was wide open and Kaepernick hit the receiver with accuracy, allowing Boldin to make a quick spin up field for a 21-yard gain. With the 49ers in the red zone, Kaepernick hit Boldin in stride on the underneath slant and again Boldin ran through space for a 16-yard gain to put San Francisco on the 3-yard line.
2013 Week 14 vs SEA (8 / 6 / 93 / 0 rec)
The matchup between Boldin and the Seattle secondary was a thing of beauty, as the struggle between the two entities produced some of the most physical ball-fighting one would see all year. On Boldin's first catch, the receiver caught the ball with space short and the corner broke fast, laying a heavy hit on the receiver. Boldin held on. In the second quarter, Boldin was able to get a free release on a bail route and catch the ball in open space for a 20-yard gain. Fighting off press coverage on almost every play, Boldin was forced in to making catches in tight space. When Boldin was covered one-on-one with Richard Sherman down the right side, Boldin twisted away from the coverage as Sherman pulled Boldin's jersey. But no matter, Kaepernick threw the ball and Boldin was powerful enough to resist the pull and one-hand the ball for a 27-yard gain. With the chemistry between Boldin and Kaepernick at an all-time high, Boldin was often Kaepernick's first option when scrambling about. On one play in particular, Boldin was able to twist away from the coverage and his route to cut across the deep middle. Kaepernick found him, throwing hard for an 18-yard gain. Repeatedly Boldin was able to beat his man and the press coverage, and Kaepernick threw to the powerful receiver often. Boldin's tenacity also lead to an offensive pass interference penalty, but the physical play worked towards Boldin's strengths throughout as he proved a great compliment to the still developing Crabtree.
2013 Week 15 vs TB (8 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Not a particularly good game for Boldin, as the receiver dropped a number of passes. On two separate plays, Boldin caught the pass only for a defender to lay a heavy blow that shot the ball right out. When Kaepernick threw the ball up to Boldin on a jump play on the sideline, Boldin got both hands on the ball only to bobble the pass and drop it in to the defender's hands. The interception was called back because of an offsides penalty. And though the often sure-handed Boldin had his struggles against the Tampa Bay defense, he was able to make a few great plays, including one short pass on 3rd and long. Without any options downfield, Kaepernick dumped the ball off to Boldin underneath. The receiver shed his first tackle and broke across the field, following some excellent downfield blocking to convert a 3rd and 15 with a 21-yard catch and run. On another pass, Boldin ran an inside slant and Kaepernick threw the pass too far behind. No matter, as Boldin used one hand to reach back and snatch the ball and the other to fight off the battling corner. Even on an off day, Boldin had stretches of pure athletic wonder.
2013 Week 16 vs ATL (7 / 6 / 72 / 1 rec)
Working more on short routes than Crabtree, Boldin was often able to create separation with quick cuts and using his large frame to gain body position. Though he doesn't have the same elusiveness as Crabtree to turn short catches in to very long gains, Boldin does have the pure physical strength to catch balls when under heavy duress and the aggressive nature to leap up and snatch balls from the air. When Atlanta sent an all out blitz, Kaepernick lofted a ball up to Boldin. The receiver bullied his corner and grabbed the ball at the highest point of attack for a 22-yard gain. When in the red zone, Boldin caught a quick wide receiver screen and the blocking set up perfectly in front of him. All Boldin had to do was lower his shoulders and power through the weak arm tackles on his way to a 10-yard touchdown. Throughout the game Boldin used this same bully mentality to fight off the corner and make strong catches on slants and curls. Boldin also set a pick in the secondary that allowed Crabtree to break a long gain on a slant, as well as drawing a phantom pass interference call that set up a San Francisco field goal.
2013 Week 17 vs ARI (11 / 9 / 149 / 1 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Fed early and often in the first quarter, Boldin was a terror for the Arizona secondary to deal with. San Francisco repeatedly threw quick screens to Boldin, allowing the receiver to use his strength to fight off the smaller corner. This often resulted in positive gains, as the corner couldn't get past the powerful stiff arm Boldin wielded. On slants, Boldin was able to utilize his large frame to keep his body between the corner and the ball. Boldin was even tossed the ball on an end-around, and though the big receiver lumbered, he was able to make the corner and duck out of bounds for an 11-yard gain. Whether from some kind of inspired fear or illusion, there was a play where Boldin stopped, waited for the pass as the corner continued down the field, covering nothing. Boldin also found himself open on a few plays thanks to the corner inexplicably falling to the ground without contact. Boldin's long play of 63-yads came on a medium out route, as the receiver caught a well-placed ball to the outside. The corner draped himself across Boldin's back, but the receiver shed the tackle easily. Two downfield blocks (of questionable legality) allowed Boldin to break down the sideline and cut across the middle to wide open space, and Boldin was tackled right before the end zone to set up a touchdown. Boldin's own touchdown came on a play from the 4-yard line, as the receiver broke down the right sideline and Kaepernick lofted the ball to where Boldin would be able to high point the pass. Boldin twisted around, snatched the ball from the air as the corner attacked the receiver's body. And though Boldin was wildly successful when fed the ball, he quickly disappeared when Kaepernick wasn't making a point of forcing the ball his way. Still unable to get wide open space (barring a defender running away or falling), Boldin relied on confident throws to contested space. When those were few and far between in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, Boldin was unable to make an impact. But when San Francisco desperately need a play deep in the 4th quarter, Boldin made a vital catch, grabbing a perfect pass on an out route 18-yards downfield. The drive ended with a game winning field goal.
2013 Week 18 vs GB (6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
While it was a relatively quiet game for Boldin (most of the action going towards Michael Crabtree), he did do a good job creating some space against some tight coverage and making some nice catches. Boldin's nicest catch was probably the 12-yard grab late in the first quarter. On the play, he ran a simple short "out" route, keeping cornerback Micah Hyde away from the ball with a nice cut to create some separation. Hyde almost got revenge in the fourth quarter when he undercut Boldin's route and nearly came down with an interception, but dropped the ball. The two battled frequently during the day, with Boldin getting the upper hand a few times, including on two overthrows from his quarterback.
2013 Week 19 vs CAR (12 / 8 / 136 / 0 rec)
In a game where Crabtree struggled and Davis was consistently double-covered, Boldin was a force that elevated the entire passing offense. When Carolina attempted to jam Boldin at the line of scrimmage, the receiver was able to outmuscle and toss his corner aside, creating separation for a quick pass from Kaepernick. When Carolina stepped back, gave Boldin some space, the receiver was able to run open slants that Kaepernick hit consistently. When Carolina decided to just pull Boldin down in the end zone, not bothering to give him a chance to fight for the ball, Boldin was able to pick up a pass interference call that set up a touchdown. With such power and body control, Boldin was a terror for the Carolina defense to cover. On his long catch of the game, the corner watched Kaepernick in the backfield instead of playing Boldin tight. When Kaepernick pumped the corner bit, leaving Boldin wide open down the sideline. Kaepernick hit Boldin in stride for a 45-yard gain. On the drive that culminated in a go-ahead touchdown for the 49ers, Boldin made three separate catches to keep San Francisco moving forward. Each route was well-run, well-timed, as if Kaepernick's chemistry with Boldin was far beyond the rest of his options. Back shoulder throws arrived right after Boldin made his break, in just the right spot. Slants that hit Boldin in stride as the receiver caught, ran, punished the secondary that met him. Even on his 45-yard catch, Boldin dragged a corner before the end zone. The consistency of Boldin powered the 49ers' offense, always fighting for the ball, always snatching away any 50-50 opportunities.
2013 Week 20 vs SEA (9 / 5 / 53 / 1 rec)
Boldin had an uncharacteristic pair of drops to open the game, but he came up with the best catch of the game by a 49ers wide receiver when he got his mitts on a high ball Kaepernick threw on the move to Boldin in the end zone. Boldin also made a tough third-down catch, but didn't really have any big one-on-one wins against the stifling Seahawks pass defense.
2012 Week 1 vs CIN (5 / 4 / 63 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Observers thinking Boldin had lost a step going in to this season were given second thoughts on Monday night against the Bengals. Boldin looked quick off the line and strong in beating the jam. He got in to his routes quickly and was sure-handed when the ball came his way. Boldin started quickly. He recovered a Joe Flacco fumble in Cincinnati territory and was targeted early on short in routes and hitches. Boldin's best catch came on a 34 yard touchdown reception. On the play, Boldin darted down the center of the field and gained space between two defenders. Flacco deftly placed the ball in front of Boldin who ran to the end zone. The Bengals safety tried to rip the ball from his grasp but the play was reviewed and upheld. Boldin finished the day with four receptions on six targets.
2012 Week 2 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Much like Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin wasn't really involved against the Eagles. Boldin's two receptions were catches that he didn't have to work for. His first catch was a check down throw from Flacco when he was running an underneath route across the field. Boldin caught the pass for seven yards, but didn't make a defender miss or fight forward for the first down. Boldin showed more fight after the whistle when he pushed the defender. He was fortunate not to be penalized for the action. His second reception came with only seconds left on the clock in the first half. The Ravens were trying to set up a field goal attempt and threw a quick screen to Boldin outside. Boldin caught the ball and stepped out of bounds for no gain to stop the clock.
2012 Week 3 vs NE (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Rice's biggest run of the night was negated because of a Boldin hold, but other than the gaffe the Florida State star had a nice night. His most important play of the game came in the Ravens fourth possession when he fought through a tackle to earn a first down. He also drew a holding call that resulted in an important Ravens first down.
2012 Week 4 vs CLE (12 / 9 / 131 / 0 rec)
After a slow start, we got the Anquan Boldin of old as the physical veteran made play after play in the second half. On a short comeback, Boldin turned upfield, used a stiff-arm and was hard to haul down on a 21-yard gain. He's not fast but his hands are trusty and his routes crisp. He demonstrated both while bringing in a back-shoulder throw along the sideline.
2012 Week 5 vs KC (10 / 4 / 82 / 0 rec)
Boldin was easily the most heavily targeted receiver but did very little with his opportunities, considering how many he had. He dropped a possible touchdown at the goal line and another bomb down the left sideline that was very well thrown by Flacco. His 43 yard gain was a thing of beauty, catching a 20 yard post in stride and then breaking two tackles to turn it into a monster game. Four catches for 82 yards was enough to pace the Ravens attack but it should have been much better.
2012 Week 6 vs DAL (6 / 5 / 98 / 0 rec)
Boldin caught 5 of the 6 passes that came his way against Dallas. He primarily lined up to the right although he was sent in motion often. Boldin is primarily running curls and drag routes across the middle of the field and using his speed to gain separation from the man covering him. Boldin's best catches came on a drive in the second quarter where he was targeted on three straight plays. The targets resulted in receptions of 20 yards, 14 yards, and 20 yards as the Ravens drove down the field ultimately scoring a touchdown. Despite the Cowboys best efforts to cover Boldin with different defenders, he had little trouble gaining separation throughout the game, ultimately catching a game-high 98 receiving yards.
2012 Week 7 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Boldin should have excelled against the Texans. Cornerback Jonathan Joseph spent most of the day covering Torrey Smith and the Texans worked hard to force Joe Flacco to make quick, short passes. Both of these things should have worked in Boldin's favor yet he finished the day with a disappointing 3 receptions on 8 targets. Boldin primarily ran deep crosses and curls but, like his teammates, was the victim of Joe Flacco having very little time to set his feet and throw the ball more than a few yards at a time. Boldin's best catch came on a quick hitch to the middle of the field that resulted in a 10 yard pickup and a first down. Otherwise, he was largely absent from the game and did little to help the Ravens get back in the contest after falling in an early hole.
2012 Week 9 vs CLE (5 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
First reception was a quick curl underneath from the slot. Second reception was a crossing route underneath that went for a first down. Bolding caught a 16 yard comeback route from the slot. It was his third reception on the opening drive. Boldin caught another crossing route underneath for a first down when he used his strength to fend off Joe Haden and make the reception. Boldin made his next catch in the fourth quarter off of play action. He found a soft spot in the zone over the middle for a big play and first down.
2012 Week 10 vs OAK (7 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Despite the Ravens passing for nearly 350 yards in the game and having their way with the Oakland secondary, Boldin's day was rather quiet. His lone impact catch came on a third-and-long conversion with a deep post route. Four Baltimore receivers had more receiving yards than Boldin, which is not a common occurrence. Boldin saw tighter coverage than intermediate targets Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, and Ravens focused more on deep targets Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones against Oakland than previous weeks. Boldin remains an unflashy WR4 or flex receiver, especially in PPR formats.
2012 Week 11 vs PIT (12 / 8 / 79 / 0 rec)
Anquan Boldin was the beneficiary of Pittsburgh's game plan. In order to stop Baltimore's potent deep ball, Pittsburgh defensive coordinator, Dick Lebeau matched Ike Taylor up against Torrey Smith and routinely rolled Ryan Clark to his side. Boldin found success working against the less-talented, Keenan Lewis. Boldin caught seven of his eight passes during the first half for 56 of his 79 yards. Boldin displayed his multi-faceted talent by beating both man-to-man and zone coverage. Boldin found success by running intermediate routes and absorbing hits over the middle. During his team's fifth drive, Boldin put a nice move on Lewis and caught a slant route for 11 yards. Flacco came back to Boldin on the next play for a short four-yard gain on an out-route. During his team's next drive, Boldin hauled in a 3rd-and-10 pass and made an impressive move on Lawrence Timmons for a first down. Boldin spun off of Timmons, propelling himself for a tough 13-yard gain. Three plays later, Flacco came back to Boldin on the same route, but Pittsburgh did not let him run freely after the catch. Boldin secured only one second half reception, but it set-up Baltimore's final scoring play. During his team's ninth drive, Flacco found Boldin on a deep post-route for 23 yards. The reception helped establish some offensive rhythm as Baltimore marched down into the red zone. Flacco targeted Boldin on his lone red zone pass attempt, but the ball was thrown into double coverage and fell incomplete. During the second half, Pittsburgh opted to roll Ike Taylor to Boldin in red zone situations, so his second-half opportunities were limited. Overall, Boldin made plays when he had to and kept the chains moving.
2012 Week 12 vs SD (8 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
Boldin had a fairly quiet game, but had a big reception in the overtime that changed field position. Boldin dropped a potential first down conversion on third down on the team's opening drive. The ball hit him squarely in the chest, but it appeared he was late in turning his head around to find the football. He later did haul in a crossing route for a first down and then subsequently hip checked the defender and sent him flying several yards backwards as they made contact. That was his only grab of the game until OT. He was bumped at the line by the defender, which didn't affect his route whatsoever. He kept his footing, and picked up a huge catch down the seam on third down that moved the ball from near Baltimore's own end zone to near midfield. They didn't score on that possession, but it did help pin San Diego deep on its ensuing possession. Boldin also had a huge contribution that won't show up on his stat sheet, as he threw a vicious downfield block to spring the final few yards of Ray Rice's 29-yard reception on a game-saving 4th and 29 play.
2012 Week 13 vs PIT (12 / 5 / 81 / 1 rec)
Boldin's first reception went for a first down when he gained 11 yards on a curl over the middle. He was immediately hit by Keenan Lewis from behind. Boldin dropped a clear first down reception on third and two when Curtis Brown arrived with the football. Boldin made a diving reception outside the numbers after setting down between two Steelers' defenders. Boldin caught a deep pass down the left sideline on a backshoulder throw from Joe Flacco. Boldin came back to the football as the defender had no chance falling to the ground. Flacco went straight back to Boldin on the next play, but this time threw it ahead of the receiver so he could fall into the endzone for the first touchdown of the game. Boldin broke free deep down the left sideline for another big gain and a first down, but the play was brought back for a push off that Boldin used to gain separation. Boldin adjusted well to catch a tipped pass from Flacco in the flat for a short gain.
2012 Week 14 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 78 / 2 rec)
The veteran wideout had an incredibly efficient day at FedEx Field, catching three passes for seventy-eight yards, two of which were touchdowns. Boldin and Joe Flacco seemed to have a telepathic bond facing the Redskins, with each pass completion appearing like a simple pitch-and-catch. The two connected for completions of nineteen, twenty-eight, and thirty-one yards, respectively, as the Ravens' air attack sliced the Washington secondary. Boldin's touchdown catches were nearly identical, save the routes he ran. On his first score of the day, Boldin beat the often-burned DeAngelo Hall on an out-and-up route for a nineteen-yard score in which Flacco placed the ball into his hands in stride. Boldin's second touchdown came on a thirty-one yard seam route in which Flacco again threw a perfect pitch right into Boldin's outstretched hands. The veteran receiver almost scored on his third catch of the day as well, a twenty-eight yard catch-and-run, but DeAngelo Hall - surely not wanting to be embarrassed once again - dragged Boldin down at the Washington seven-yard line.
2012 Week 15 vs DEN (6 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Anquan Boldin was held catchless on the day, and the major play of note that he was involved in was Joe Flacco's 95 yard pick six. Boldin was targeted on an underneath route, but Chris Harris undercut it easily. The ball likely should have never been thrown Boldin's way in the first place.
2012 Week 16 vs NYG (7 / 7 / 93 / 0 rec)
Anquan Boldin didn't have many yards or even a touchdown on Sunday but managed a very impressive performance against the Giants where he made several terrific catches to keep his offense on the field. Boldin caught many out patterns against soft zones, using his big physical body to gain leverage against the defender. Boldin made a terrific play on 3rd and 18, splitting the CB and Safety on a seam route before hauling in a perfect pass from Flacco. Boldin also had good success getting inside leverage on slant patterns against NYG DB's, punishing players who used press coverage and repeatedly picking up first downs. Boldin's last catch was perhaps his most impressive however. Boldin made an outstanding diving catch on 3rd down, securing a pass with his outstretched arms but getting slightly banged up in the process. Boldin dominated Giants DB's in the short passing game and his chemistry with Flacco was evident all game long. He is not a fast WR but is very physical and has excellent hands to secure passes that come his way.
2012 Week 18 vs IND (7 / 5 / 145 / 1 rec)
When the game was still in doubt with the Colts, Anquan Boldin came up big. While usually thought of as a tough short-to-intermediate receiver, Boldin made his bones as a deep threat this week. In the second half, the Ravens offense made it a point to push the ball down the field. All five times Flacco threw it Boldin's direction on deep routes in the final 30 minutes, the pair connected for big plays. Boldin had little trouble with single coverage and winning the ball in the air. In addition to catching a hail mary-like 50-yard reception to convert third-and-long, Boldin high-pointed an end zone target in a similar fashion. One long reception was called back by an offensive pass interference penalty, which would have added another huge chunk of yardage to Boldin's final stat line. Without Boldin's consistent big plays in the second half, Baltimore's comfortable 15-point win would have been very much in doubt. When a pressure situation called for a play to be make, Flacco looked for Boldin down the field. After this performance, Boldin will an impact player to watch against Denver's strong pass defense in the next round of the playoffs.
2012 Week 19 vs DEN (11 / 6 / 71 / 0 rec)
After Boldin's huge game down the field against Indianapolis last week, it was back to his more typical role as a possession receiver this week against Denver. Teammates Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones exceled deep, while Boldin was by-far the leading receiver with six receptions; No other Baltimore player had more than three catches. Nothing came easy for Boldin as he saw tight coverage and three targets were broken up by defensive backs. On another target, he was unable to haul in the one-handed attempt on third down. Boldin was the sustaining element in the passing game, and considering that Baltimore completed just 18 passes, his six receptions was quite impressive.
2012 Week 20 vs NE (0 / 5 / 60 / 2 rec)
head as he ran with Aqib Talib down the left sideline, while Talib was able to knock the ball away when Flacco tried to hit Boldin over the middle on third and 13. Boldin's first reception came against a backup defensive back for the Patriots after Aquib Talib left the game injured. Flacco lofted the ball into the air and Boldin extended above his defender to make the big reception. Boldin moved into the slot, before running a slant against single coverage for a 12 yard gain on second and 10. In the Patriots' redzone at the end of the third quarter, Bodlin caught a quick out route for a short gain, before shaking the defender and finding his way downfield for an extra four yards. At the goalline to begin the fourth quarter, Boldin was lined up over Devin McCourty. Flacco immediately understood the coverage and lofted the ball into the air for Boldin to go up and get. Boldin outmuscled McCourty to highpoint the football for the score. Boldin was matched up with Marquis Cole in the slot 10 yards out of the endzone. Boldin just ran straight by him up the seam and Flacco hit him for his second touchdown. An easy catch for a veteran.
2011 Week 1 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 74 / 1 rec)
Those who thought Boldin would be more effective due to the presence of Lee Evans getting the attention of opposing defenses are touting their football knowledge after this game. Boldin's TD, as described earlier, came with one-on-one coverage due to the big-play threat of Evans. He nearly had a second touchdown as well, but it was negated by penalty. He'll still remain Flacco's favorite target due to the fact the team's most dangerous target will draw defensive attention across from him. Boldin was thought to be aging after a year in which his stats were below his typical levels. He came from an offense that was pass-first and had Larry Fitzgerald across from him to an offense that had a running identity and no one to draw coverage. It should be a bounce-back year for Boldin. The skills are still there. He's not just an intermediate receiver, something his touchdown catch evidenced.
2011 Week 2 vs TEN (7 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
Boldin only recorded three catches on the day, although he had defenders hanging all over him the entire game. At this point in his career, Boldin just seems like a redzone and possession receiver. He's not a deep threat, and isn't going to stretch the field. He runs deep posts and slants, and is fearless over the middle, as he showed on his 20 yard post up the center of the field. But the Titans were not scared of him going deep, and thus were able to sit on his routes. Of course, it didn't help that Flacco just rarely had time to let plays develop, either.
2011 Week 3 vs STL (14 / 7 / 74 / 0 rec)
Smith's emergence should mean big things for Boldin. After his first quarter explosion, Boldin became Flacco's main target in the passing game. Boldin at this point is an extremely reliable possession receiver with great hands. Flacco threw a ball to Boldin in the endzone that Boldin attempted to pull in, but he just couldn't get both feet down. But he still was able to pull in 7 passes, keep the chains moving and rack up solid yardage. By the end of the game it appeared that Smith had drawn double-coverage from the Rams, and Boldin was able to run around free. As long as Smith remains a viable part of this offense, Boldin's numbers should actually IMPROVE, especially in ppr leagues.
2011 Week 4 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)
Boldin was nearly a complete nonfactor in the game, his only contribution a 28 yard catch in the first quarter. On the play, Boldin was able to gain some separation on Jets S Eric Smith and Flacco delivered a nice ball to him. Bolding turned up field and was able to gain a few more yards before Smith brought him down.
2011 Week 6 vs HOU (9 / 8 / 132 / 0 rec)
Boldin spent the day working mainly shorter routes against the Texans best cornerback, but consistently produced results and moved the chains. He had a single deep target, a 56 yard pass that was perfectly thrown by Flacco.
2011 Week 7 vs JAX (12 / 4 / 40 / 1 rec)
Boldin struggled all night to gain separation from Rashean Mathis who seemed to be stuck to his hip all night long. Early on, every target was heavily contested and his quarterback didn't do much to assist with his placement of the passes. Boldin did however manage to score on a nice catch in the back of the end zone for five yards. Going against one of the weaker secondaries in the NFL Boldin, him self had to be left wanting more than what was accomplished tonight.
2011 Week 8 vs ARI (12 / 7 / 145 / 0 rec)
To put it bluntly, Boldin had his way with the Arizona defense. He had a somewhat quiet first half, but it was due to a lack of opportunity not a lack of productivity. He made a nice leaping grab along the sideline at the 2 with a defender all over him to keep a drive moving, and later had a chance at a 21-yard touchdown with another leaping play in the end zone but it came out at the last second as he was landing. But in the second half, Boldin simply took over. If he wasn't catching long passes on the sidelines, he was drawing long pass interference penalties all over the goal line. Boldin worked the sidelines for huge gains 20+ yards at a time, showing great concentration on one particular one-handed catch. He tipped it to himself, cradled it in, and tapped both feet to stay inbounds. Boldin was his vintage self in this game, seemingly unable to be defended by anyone. On two occasions, he drew pass interference penalties in the end zone and on another occasion he drew one at the three yard line. On all three possessions, RB Ray Rice followed up with a short touchdown run.
2011 Week 9 vs PIT (10 / 7 / 88 / 0 rec)
Boldin was being covered by Ike Taylor for a big part of this game, keeping the catches he could make to short ones - mainly on quick slants - where he was able to use his big body to shield Taylor from the ball. Boldin did drop two passes, but Flacco didn't lose his confidence in his most experienced receiver. On the game's final drive, Baltimore stationed Boldin in the slot to get him away from Taylor, and he caught a 4th-and-1 pass to extend the drive. The big-play ability he displayed in his prime may be gone, but he still gives Flacco a reliable target capable of winning balls against nearby defenders.
2011 Week 10 vs SEA (9 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Boldin wants to write this one off, and so should you. The passing game was just not able to get on track against the Seahawks. Boldin's sole contributions were short catches for very little yardage. He was thrown to a lot (9 targets) but was never in a position to do anything with them.
2011 Week 11 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 35 / 1 rec)
Boldin's TD was one of the easiest you'll see. He caught a 15 yard in with no one covering him and turned to find no one between him and the end zone. He ran 20 yards before he was hit at the 1 and fell into the end zone. He didn't really get open or targeted for the rest of the game.
2011 Week 12 vs SF (9 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)
Boldin was Flacco's favorite target early on and his route running was spot on. He ran back-to-back slants on the Ravens first drive. The defender never had a chance on either route and Boldin didn't stop after the catch as he picked up extra yardage on both plays. Bolding also ran a precision route on a deep in in the first quarter before the 49ers put the clamps down on him. After the first quarter, Boldin made just one catch, dropped a pass and was missed by Flacco on a solid deep hitch route.
2011 Week 13 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Boldin saw limited targets with the Ravens focusing so heavily on the run. He caught one ball in double coverage, using his body to shield the defenders from the ball. He also ran a great route on a hitch, leaving his defender well behind him. Bolding did have one uncharacteristically bad drop in the game.
2011 Week 14 vs IND (6 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Boldin had a disappointing day as he was not able to score against a depleted secondary that ranks as one of the worst in the league. Boldin had one end zone look but was heavily covered, and the pass was intercepted. Still Boldin secured 5 catches on 6 targets for a very efficient day.
2011 Week 15 vs SD (3 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec)
Boldin was inexplicably silent for nearly the entire game. He had a long 33-yard catch and run on third and long during Baltimore's opening possession, getting wide open over the middle. But he didn't have another reception until the final play of the game, as Joe Flacco rarely had enough time to look downfield and most of his passing was reduced to dumpoffs.
2011 Week 19 vs HOU (8 / 4 / 73 / 1 rec)
Anquan Boldin's return was timely for the Ravens. Boldin used his veteran savvy and skills to get separation against number two cornerbacks Jason Allen and Kareem Jackson. Boldin made a beautiful catch early to set the tone, stretching out his frame for the football on a back shoulder pass and controlling it before he went out of bounds. Boldin's touchdown catch came as a result of committing the defensive back to the inside, and then turning him around completely to run an out route for a score. Boldin played a great game and clearly Flacco benefited from his return.
2011 Week 20 vs NE (8 / 6 / 101 / 0 rec)
Boldin was mostly quiet for the first 58 minutes, with one catch inside the 10 that came up short of a first down and a 37-yard catch and run that featured a broken tackle and fueled a the Ravens first touchdown drive. He dominated the would-be game-tying FG drive with four catches, abusing two-way player Julian Edelman in coverage, but Flacco did not target him in the end zone before Billy Cundiff's fateful miss. Torrey Smith seems poised to become the team's #1 WR next year, which could actually open things up for Boldin, who seems a bit underrated right now.
2010 Week 1 vs NYJ (10 / 7 / 110 / 0 rec)
Anquan Boldin was the standout player on the football field for the Ravens without a doubt. Boldin caught everything thrown his way, showing soft hands on each occasion. He showed his quickness when he made a man miss in the flat off a Flacco play action pass. Boldin faced man coverage often in this game, and Flacco continued to find him. Boldin beat rookie corner Kyle Wilson down the seam in the 3rd quarter to get the Ravens out of a very tough spot inside their own 10 yard line. Flacco clearly has a great chemistry with Boldin, who caught a terrific back shoulder fade on the left sideline from Flacco. More than anything, Boldin showed how dependable a receiver he will prove to be in this Ravens offense. When Flacco was faced with the blitz and he had to release the ball quickly, he found Boldin who always showed good hands and made crucial catches.
2010 Week 2 vs CIN (8 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
It was going to be hard enough to make receptions with the Cincinnati secondary all over him but when you factor in the inaccurate throws of Flacco it's not hard to see why Boldin had a very subpar day. Owners are looking for more than 35 yards but Boldin just could not get in a rhythm. Boldin wasn't dropping a lot of balls but he had a tough time getting separation. Again, when he did manage to get some space Flacco could not connect with him.
2010 Week 3 vs CLE (11 / 8 / 142 / 3 rec)
Boldin's command performance was due in part to his terrific instincts going after the high ball, but the Browns secondary deserves an assist for letting him run free in the secondary. Boldin also took an end around and threw back to Ray Rice for a loss on a gadget play and could have had a fourth TD if not for a last-second pass breakup.
2010 Week 4 vs PIT (10 / 7 / 68 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
As expected, Boldin still appears to be Flacco's favorite target. His combination of size and speed give him the strength of some tight ends but the playmaking ability of a wide receiver. There were a few plays on which he was well-covered but was still able to make a play. One such play was when he caught a pass about 8 yards from the line of scrimmage and was immediately wrapped by a Steelers' DB while still in mid-air. Upon his return to the ground, Boldin was able to extend forward to get a couple more yards and a first down. The strength necessary to hit the ground while being engaged by a defender and to lunge for that extra yardage makes him one of the most unique players in the game. Despite not being the guy who caught the game-winning TD, Boldin's presence certainly had a direct effect on that play. In a "second guess-able" decision, the Steelers sent Troy Polamalu on a blitz despite having two receivers split to the same side of the field from which he came. This left Bryant McFadden in "rail" coverage on the sideline and only one safety for the middle of the field. Boldin ran a post from the slot, grabbing the safety and allowing T. J. Houshmandzadeh to make a nice out-fake-to-post double move on McFadden and get open for the score. A very common-sense way to defend is to find the most elite player in each game-situation and not let him make the big play. Boldin is definitely good enough to attract that kind of attention and open things up for other options. When healthy, he's still an elite WR - possibly top 7-10 in the league.
2010 Week 5 vs DEN (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Boldin's owners must have wondered if he got injured at some point in this contest. The truth is that Boldin just didn't seem to be a big part of the gameplan early, and then the Ravens abandoned the pass and that left little opportunities for the receivers. Flacco also missed Boldin on an occasion or two, throwing the ball just outside his grasp. Despite his near goose-egg, there is no need to panic, as he had plenty of opportunities in the preceding weeks, and things like this happen when you play for a team with a great running game and defense. I do think that if Ray Rice gets really hot, and the running game really gets going, that the WR targets will drop a bit, and this could have an adverse affect on Boldin's numbers, as it did in this game.
2010 Week 6 vs NE (6 / 4 / 63 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The physical Boldin was dominant on the outside once again in this game. His TD was a 25 yard throw where he simply outran the corner and trotted into the end zone for the catch. Boldin was the target of another TD pass that he couldn't quite come up with as he tried to fight his way through two defenders but couldn't haul in the pass through the contact. The play did result in an illegal contact though, giving the Ravens a new set of downs in the red zone.
2010 Week 7 vs BUF (12 / 6 / 92 / 1 rec)
Boldin quickly has become Flacco's go to guy in key situations like red zone and third down, replacing Derrick Mason. His massive frame is tough to defend from the ball even with good coverage, and he can jump and fight for any ball. He ran all kinds of routes and had catches over the middle and on the outside for first downs. He found himself all alone for his touchdown, set up by a well-executed flea flicker and a well thrown Flacco pass. He is a threat on any route, and a tough load if you decide to try and bump him at the line.
2010 Week 9 vs MIA (7 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Was blanketed all day in coverage and held in check. Boldin was targeted on deep passes twice in the 1st half, both were incomplete passes. He was targeted a few more times in the 3rd quarter but did not have his first catch until the 4th quarter but by then the Ravens were well in command of the football game. Credit Miami for covering him but at the expense of allowing the Baltimore RBs to do anything they wanted catching the ball out of the backfield.
2010 Week 10 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 50 / 1 rec)
Anquan Boldin had a solid game against the Falcons on Thursday. He was covered most of the evening by Duante Robinson, which led the Ravens to focus on Derrick Mason and Todd Heap in the passing game over Boldin early on. However, as the game wore on Boldin's effect was felt. Boldin was targeted deep downfield twice but both balls fell incomplete. All of his receptions came on short passes, primarily on crossing routes and hitches. Boldin did have two key blocks in the running game as well, once on Donte Stallworth's end around and once on Ray Rice's screen pass reception that led to the Ravens last score. Boldin also caught the Ravens first touchdown on the day to pull the score to 13-6 at halftime. On the play, Boldin lined up on the right side and drew single coverage. On the snap, he bolted off the line and ran a fade to the middle right portion of the endzone. Quarterback Joe Flacco placed a perfectly thrown pass to Boldin's outside shoulder that he caught easily before falling out of bounds.
2010 Week 11 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Although Boldin was only targeted four times on the day (likely a direct effect of the increased role of Houshmandzadeh in the offense on Sunday), there's really nothing to worry about - even despite his three catches for 29 yards on the day. While Houshmandzadeh is obviously going to see time in the slot, Boldin is a much more key cog in the offense than anyone else and his sub-par Sunday happens even to the best of receivers in the NFL. All in all, there's nothing to be worried about as he'll likely go right back to leading the team in targets next week.
2010 Week 12 vs TB (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Boldin was only targeted four times and while he had a quiet day receiving, he did a nice job blocking downfield in running situations. In this game, it just seemed like Flacco had something working with WR Derrick Mason, and Boldin's numbers suffered as a result.
2010 Week 13 vs PIT (9 / 5 / 118 / 1 rec)
Boldin is the only offensive player in this game to have "normal-game" statistics (as opposed to "Steelers-Ravens game statistics"). In fact, this was the first time Boldin had more than 50 yards ina game since way back in Week 7 and was his first touchdown since Week 10. He did most of his damage on the drive which he scored his touchdown as he had the aforementioned 61-yard play on a 3rd-and-15 from Baltimore's own 3-yard line. This play on its own would have been a game-changer because the Ravens were able to avoid punting from their own endzone and were near field goal range on the other side of the field instead. Eight plays later, however, Flacco scrambled to his right and gave Boldin time to free himself of coverage in the endzone for a 14-yard score. Boldin had two Steelers on him but got behind them in the endzone. While they looked forward to the ball, he moved to the middle of the field and caught the TD without a player closer than 5 yards away. It was a big-time performance from Boldin - especially considering this team's injuries. Even though it ultimately came in a losing effort, it was good for Ravens players and fans to have some confidence in Boldin restored.
2010 Week 14 vs HOU (8 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Anquan Boldin may not have had the statistical production of Derrick Mason on Monday against the Texans, but he played an integral role in the Ravens jumping out to an early lead. All three of Boldin's catches came in tough situations, once when he was double-covered and twice when he had to adjust to a poorly thrown pass. His best catch came on a 2nd and 11 play in the fourth quarter as the Ravens tried to run out the clock. Boldin lined up on the right side and ran a hitch pattern. The ball was thrown to his back shoulder but was high. Boldin came back to the ball, leaped and grabbed it before falling down inbounds just past the first down marker. Boldin is obviously not producing the same eye popping numbers that he did in Arizona with Kurt Warner, but he remains a solid and reliable option at the receiver position.
2010 Week 15 vs NO (2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Boldin had one catch in the second quarter, but otherwise was forgotten like the other downfield targets in the Ravens passing game.
2010 Week 16 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Anquan Boldin continued his run of poor games as he did not get in on the action very much against the Browns unlike his last game against them when he scored three times. Boldin was targeted in the red zone once, but Flacco's pass sailed on him and was not catchable. Flacco tried to get the ball to Boldin deep in single coverage against Joe Haden but the rookie cornerback came up with a great interception to thwart the efforts of Flacco and Boldin. Boldin was targeted in this game, but Flacco opted to pick on the Mason/Sheldon Brown matchup more.
2010 Week 17 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Boldin frustrating stretch of absenteeism continues, as he just made no impact on the game, other than a few catches. He did get long downfield once, but Cincy's CB made a great play on the ball and outfought Boldin for it. For Baltimore to keep up with Indy, Pittsburgh and New England in the playoffs, they are going to have to score points. To score points, they are going to need a better effort out of Boldin than they've had in the last few weeks, as he's only had 5 catches for 26 yards over the last THREE games.
2010 Week 18 vs KC (7 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec)
Boldin certainly made a positive impression in his first career postseason game with Baltimore, hauling in five receptions for 64 yards and a crucial touchdown. On the scoring play, Boldin skied high in the middle of the end zone near the back line to make a nice grab with his hands. He managed to come down with the ball and keep his feet inbounds for the score, despite a bevy of Kansas City defenders surrounding him on just about all sides as he went up for the football. He had a long gain of 27, and the attention being paid to him may explain why there were open lanes over the middle for TE Todd Heap and the Baltimore running game.
2010 Week 19 vs PIT (5 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
Boldin's acquisition this offseason was one that was thought of as something that would get Baltimore over the top this season. It was a natural thought process - a playoff team with talent at many positions fills a position that's a glaring weakness. The problem is that there are different types of receivers, and Boldin and Mason are the same type. Their strengths are possession-based. Neither guy can get himself open deep and break a game open in a 50+ yard chunk frequently anymore. Boldin's lasting memory of this game will be that he dropped a touchdown pass with 4:00 to play on 3rd down of a 24-21 game - forcing the Ravens to settle for a game-tying field goal.
2009 Week 1 vs SF (5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Boldin was barely targeted in this game, but it didn't look like his hamstring was affecting him. His lack of looks is puzzling, but he was targeted on one of Warner's INTs. Don't bail on him just yet, but this is a situation that bears watching because Boldin also faded into the background in the playoffs last year.
2009 Week 2 vs JAX (9 / 8 / 69 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Boldin's hamstring is clearly fine, as he was productive after the catch, and even got the call on an end around. He didn't have quite the burst we're used to seeing, but he did run as angry as always, and he was always where he was supposed to on his short routes, so Warner used Boldin a lot to set up short second downs and gain first downs. Boldin made a great adjustment to one of the few poorly thrown passes by Warner, and he also showed great concentration on a pass the defense tipped before it got to him. He's back to his old role in this prolific offense.
2009 Week 3 vs IND (11 / 6 / 83 / 1 rec)
Boldin worked the middle of the field very well for the passing offense, getting tough yards running after the catch and using his strong hands to get contested balls. He got open in the corner of the end zone for the Cardinals only TD and seemed to be the most favored receiver when the game was close.
2009 Week 5 vs HOU (12 / 7 / 81 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Kurt Warner's first pass was a 20 yard throw to a streaking Anquan Boldin against corner Eugene Wilson. On the Cardinals' second drive, Boldin was targeted near the goalline on a short slant on the right side for the field, but he fumbled as he was wrapped up fighting for extra yardage. Boldin was targeted the rest of the game on shorter routes and no doubt is still one of Kurt Warner's favorite targets. Boldin played a very physical game against Houston, catching a number of balls as he was simultaneously being wrapped up by Eugene Wilson, Bernard Pollard, or Brian Cushing. Nonetheless, he fought for yards after contact and outside of the fumble at the Texans' 5, he played a very good game. Boldin was targeted often in the no-huddle offense by Warner and his success in the early going helped spring Larry Fitzgerald loose on his first touchdown.
2009 Week 6 vs SEA (7 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)
Boldin actually looked like Warner's third option, behind Fitzgerald and Breaston, and was not targeted in the red zone at all. He suffered an ankle sprain during the game but played through it, so that could partially explain his lesser role this week. Boldin did move the chains on three of his receptions, so he is still being used in key situations and comes through when called upon.
2009 Week 7 vs NYG (7 / 3 / 75 / 0 rec)
You have to hand it to Anquan Boldin in week 7. He was limited by a high-ankle sprain coming into the game and still managed to not only suit up, he was fairly effective as well. Warner looked to Boldin on a variety of patterns out of different formations all night, but the ankle prevented him from creating good separation from the NY secondary. Despite the ankle, Boldin reeled in 3 catches with the big one totaling 44 yards. He was targeted more and did all of his damage in the 1st half of the game. Boldin is one of the games true warriors, however as long as he is limited with this ankle issue, his ceiling will also be limited to FF owners. Until fully healthy, he looks like a #2WR at best.
2009 Week 8 vs CAR (6 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Boldin was ineffective as a possession target on short and mid-range routes. It is likely that his lingering ankle injury contributed to his poor showing. He aggravated it in the second half and his status for next week is up in the air.
2009 Week 10 vs SEA (10 / 8 / 105 / 0 rec)
Boldin topped 100 yards for the first time this season, and more importantly, appeared to finally be healthy after playing much of the season on a sprained ankle. As the Seahawks discovered, a healthy Boldin is a dangerous Boldin. He was fast, agile, and on every play, drove hard for the extra yard. Though he didn't score, he did come close on a quick hitch pass from the five. Boldin stretched out but the ball as he went down but was ruled down inside the one.
2009 Week 11 vs STL (9 / 8 / 103 / 1 rec)
Anquan Boldin looked like he was back and at full strength finally, racking up big first half numbers (7-96-1) with Kurt Warner under center. After halftime it was Matt Leinart who replaced the injured Warner, and that move limited Boldin to just one second half catch. Boldin is a borderline fantasy WR1 when healthy and with Kurt Warner in the huddle, but even if it is Matt Leinart next week (Warner is currently questionable) Boldin is back to being a must start for fantasy lineups.
2009 Week 12 vs TEN (9 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Boldin ran tough after catches on short, underneath routes, breaking a few tackles and matching the Titans intensity, but it was difficult for him to get any big gains against good coverage and mostly sound tackling.
2009 Week 13 vs MIN (9 / 7 / 98 / 2 rec)
Boldin is the 'thunder' to Larry Fitzgerald's lightning. Boldin made catch after catch, working the middle of the field and the sidelines, playing hard and opening up the defense for Fitz to go deep. Boldin caught the tough crossing and slant routes for solid gains, and ran hard once he had the ball. On his first TD, he motioned from the outside into the backfield, then caught a short screen and bulldozed his way into the end zone. On his second TD, he caught a short sideline route, spun away from his defender and made several DBS miss on his way to his second TD of the game. Even more impressive was his down field blocking on run and short pass plays, doing all the little things that you want a top-flight WR to do. He may have finished with fewer stats that Fitz from a fantasy prospective, but he was just as important to the Cardinals in this win.
2009 Week 14 vs SF (7 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)
Boldin joined the parade of Cardinals who fumbled in this one, and his was the one that effectively ended Arizona's chances of winning. He only had short receptions, couldn't gain much after the catch, and Boldin also quit on a route when he was impeded, leading to one of Warner's interceptions.
2009 Week 15 vs DET (11 / 6 / 72 / 1 rec)
Boldin was in sync with Warner all day, running precise routes and catching everything Warner threw as long as it was on target. He scored the game-winning TD on a quick pass inside the 10. Boldin broke two tackles along the way to the end zone, and he also broke tackles after the catch on earlier receptions, as he normally does. He's a WR1 vs. the weak St. Louis secondary next week.
2009 Week 16 vs STL (10 / 8 / 116 / 0 rec)
Boldin was owning the middle of the field in the first half, getting open with ease and always being exactly where Kurt Warner expected him to be. He was fluid in his leaps to catch the ball and his breaks in his routes. Boldin could have had a bigger day, but he was tackled at the one on a red zone reception, and he also had a long catch nullified by a penalty. He is getting open with more regularity and farther downfield than Larry Fitzgerald right now.
2009 Week 17 vs GB (6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
The Arizona offense handcuffed themselves in this contest as they didn't even try pushing the ball downfield by getting their star wide outs involved. It was clear by kickoff time, when playoff seeds had been determined, that coach Wisenhunt was going to keep the play calling simple by not revealing next week's playoff game plan. Boldin was held to just three catches and minimal targets on the day and exited in the 3rd quarter after coming down awkwardly on his left leg.
2008 Week 1 vs SF (11 / 8 / 82 / 0 rec)
Boldin did not have a catch in the first half, but made up for the lack of stats in the second as he caught eight balls for 81 yards. Boldin has good rhythm with Warner and many of his catches were across the middle, with additional yardage made after the catch.
2008 Week 2 vs MIA (6 / 6 / 140 / 3 rec)
Boldin finished with a career high three touchdown game. He caught six balls for 140 yards and scored on tosses of 79, two, and eight yards. Boldin was unstoppable and at time found himself alone in the Miami secondary.
2008 Week 3 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 25 / 1 rec)
The Redskins' secondary did an excellent job of limiting Anquan Boldin in the Cardinals' passing game. Boldin was primarily used in underneath and shorter routes and seemed to draw some double coverage. The Redskins limited Boldin to a mere three catches for a total of 25 yards. Despite the quiet day he was able to score a touchdown. Fred Smoot had drawn the coverage assignment and gave Boldin a huge cushion which led to an easy pitch and catch with Warner.
2008 Week 4 vs NYJ (13 / 10 / 119 / 1 rec)
Like the rest of the Arizona receivers, Anquan Boldin struggled in the first half numbers wise, with three receptions for 27 yards, but his play picked up in the second half and his numbers showed. He finished with a team high ten receptions for 119 yards and was able to haul in one reception for an eight yard touchdown. Four of his receptions resulted in first downs, but he lost a fumble, had an attempt thrown his way picked off, and could not convert on a two point conversion attempt. More importantly, Boldin needed to be carted off the field after being hit helmet to helmet in the end zone with under a minute to play. He was moving all of his extremities but was taken to the hospital for precaution. Hopefully things check out and Boldin is able to make it back on the field quickly. Initial reports Sunday night were that he had been knocked out but was going to be ok.
2008 Week 8 vs CAR (12 / 9 / 63 / 2 rec, 1 / 30 / 0 rush)
Boldin caught both Cardinals' touchdown passes, two and five yards, and finished the game with nine catches for 63 yards. He also ran a reverse early in the first quarter for 30 yards. Boldin seemed to have not missed a beat from his recovery from a face injury. The scores were his sixth and seventh touchdowns of the year.
2008 Week 9 vs STL (9 / 6 / 85 / 1 rec, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Boldin scored his league leading eighth touchdown (7 yards) early in the third quarter to give the Cardinals a 31-7 lead. He continues to show no ill-effects from the facial injury and simply caught everything that was thrown to close to him. He had two rushes for eight yards and each were direct snaps from the shotgun formation.
2008 Week 10 vs SF (11 / 7 / 92 / 2 rec, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)
Boldin had a huge game, catching seven balls for 92 yards and two touchdowns. He has a knack of working his way into the end zone when catching balls in the red zone - both of his touchdowns were from within the 20. He was utilized in different ways also, running the ball three times - including once from the wildcat formation.
2008 Week 11 vs SEA (16 / 13 / 186 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Boldin had a career high 13 receptions and had no trouble getting open against the Seattle secondary. His longest catch was for 45 yards. His lone rush came on a direct snap with Boldin playing the quarterback position. This was Boldin's third 100 receiving day on the year.
2008 Week 12 vs NYG (18 / 11 / 87 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Boldin was busy on this afternoon logging 11 catches for 87 yards and one score, a short 5 yard slant pattern in the red zone. Boldin did line up at quarterback for his only rush that was stuffed at the line. He found the running after the catch tough against the Giants' D, and had a long catch of 17 yards.
2008 Week 13 vs PHI (10 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Boldin had a game he'd soon love to forget. Amongst his many lowlights were a fumble on an end-around that Arizona recovered, a dropped touchdown in the end zone (Larry Fitzgerald caught a touchdown on the next play), another dropped pass late in the game, and a crucial fumble early in the fourth quarter with Arizona down by 14 points. On the first drop, the one that would have gone for a touchdown, he ran a quick slant and had the ball put right on his hands. He simply dropped the ball. He had nearly scored on a previous play but was tackled down at the two yard line. The fumble is tough to blame on him, because just about every NFL receiver would have fumbled in the same situation. Philadelphia S Brian Dawkins dove in and laid his helmet perfectly on the football, jarring it loose. Boldin was about to be tackled on the play, and had no chance to get his bearings and recover the football. Boldin was also shaken up on a hard hit late in the game and limped off the field, but returned and didn't seem to be bothered by it.
2008 Week 14 vs STL (6 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
Boldin had five catches for 62 yards, but was kept out of the end zone. His longest catch was a slant pattern for 36 yards.
2008 Week 15 vs MIN (9 / 6 / 34 / 0 rec)
Boldin had only six catches for 34 yards on the day, and lost one fumble. His longest catch was only 11 yards.
2008 Week 18 vs ATL (5 / 2 / 72 / 1 rec)
Boldin sat out the last two regular season games with a shoulder injury and was injured again in the second quarter but not his shoulder. After he caught a short pass in the flat he cut up the left sideline and outran S Lawyer Milloy to the end zone. At the end of the play Boldin was limping noticeably. Early reports suggested leg cramps, but at the start of the second half he was reported to have an undisclosed hamstring injury and did not return to the game.
2008 Week 20 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Boldin caught Warner's first pass of the game but was targeted just once in the second half. His presence in the lineup may have helped Fitzgerald, although Arizona is 4-1 this season when he's been sidelined with an injury. In the fourth quarter, with the Cardinal offense on the field, he was seen on the sidelines yelling at offensive coordinator Todd Haley who was yelling right back.
2008 Week 21 vs PIT (0 / 8 / 84 / 0 rec)
Boldin caught two passes in a row near the end of the first half and got to the Pittsburgh one yard line. Warner's third pass to him was intercepted, however, and returned 100 yards for a touchdown. Boldin appeared to injury his shoulder early in the second half but only missed a few plays. He was targeted four times in the fourth quarter and caught a team high eight passes good for 84 yards.
2007 Week 1 vs SF (7 / 4 / 22 / 1 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Boldin was utilized on crossing routes mainly, but had a hard time getting open against the 49ers secondary. He finished the night with only four receptions for 22 yards. He scored in the fourth quarter, when Leinart hit him coming across the middle end zone giving the Cardinals a 17-13 lead. He had one rush for 14 yards when he lined up as the quarterback and took the snap and rushed around the right side.
2007 Week 2 vs SEA (8 / 4 / 83 / 0 rec)
Boldin was a first down machine in the first half, and a threat to break out anytime he touched the ball. Unfortunately, after his 48 yard first half, he only got one look in the second half (which he turned into a 35 yard gain). Leinart looked for him on slant and crossing patterns over the middle, which he then turned up field for big gains. All of his catches went for first downs.
2007 Week 3 vs BAL (17 / 14 / 181 / 2 rec)
Boldin had a fantastic game. He ran crisp routes, made tough catches, and broke plenty of tackles. He was the most targeted receiver by both quarterbacks (Leinart - 8; Warner - 9), although most of his yards and both of his scores came off the arm of Kurt Warner. Boldin's physicality and heart were on display in this game, and he proved to nearly be the difference maker in an unexpectedly close contest. If there is a quarterback controversy (or even a quarterback by committee approach) in Arizona, Boldin seems to have confidence from both signal callers and shouldn't be negatively affected. That said, his production was dramatically better with Warner than it was with Leinart.
2007 Week 7 vs WAS (13 / 8 / 29 / 2 rec)
Anquan was a frequent target by Kurt Warner and turned his ten targets into eight receptions and two touchdowns. For all his work he only posted 29 yards as most of the targets were at the goalline and underneath the Washington Redskins deep zone coverages.
2007 Week 9 vs TB (6 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Boldin caught three balls for 40 yards with a long reception of only 24 yards. He found the going tough against the Tampa bay secondary and had two balls that were jarred loose after hard hits.
2007 Week 10 vs DET (8 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Boldin caught three balls for 25 yards over the middle. He was targeted nine times, but was well covered by the Lion defenders.
2007 Week 11 vs CIN (6 / 4 / 71 / 1 rec)
Boldin had a 44 yard touchdown in the first quarter when he beat the Bengals safety on a post pattern. He was targeted underneath the linebackers on many routes and also found the Bengals secondary of little resistance.
2007 Week 12 vs SF (7 / 6 / 76 / 0 rec)
Boldin had six receptions for 76 yards, but was kept out of the end zone. He fumbled on a slant pattern early in the second quarter, but at times found the 49er defense of little resistance.
2007 Week 13 vs CLE (2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Boldin was a non-factor for most of the game and didn't see his first target until half way through the third quarter. Following his first reception, Boldin came up from the tackle with a slight limp in his left leg. On the very next play, trying to drive off the line of scrimmage, Boldin hit the turf, in obvious pain, favoring his left leg. He was unable to put any pressure on the leg and did a one leg hop off the field. It was clear from the look on Boldin's face that the injury was not only frustrating but possibly very concerning.
2007 Week 15 vs NO (7 / 6 / 83 / 0 rec)
Boldin, playing with a dislocated toe, ran smooth routes and had good rhythm with Warner. Boldin finished the game with six catches for 83 yards, but did not score. His longest catch was for 25 yards.
2007 Week 16 vs ATL (14 / 13 / 162 / 2 rec)
Boldin was the game's offensive star with 13 catches for 162 yards and two scores. On his touchdowns, both were in the red zone, where he simply took short passes, and ran over the opposing tacklers. He appears to have little problem with his dislocated toe, and ran crisp routes. He had several great one handed catches.
2007 Week 17 vs STL (4 / 4 / 56 / 1 rec)
Boldin had only four catches on the day for 56 yards, but one was for a score in the fourth quarter, when he took a screen pass and ran 20 yards. Boldin had success being open in a porous Rams' secondary, but Warner failed to look his way.
2006 Week 1 vs SF (9 / 4 / 62 / 1 rec)
Boldin did not see much of the ball in the first half. He was the intended receiver on the Cardinals' opening drive when Warner almost threw an interception. His only other target of the half resulted in a six yard touchdown after Warner was given too much time to find an open receiver. Boldin was targeted a lot more often in the second half. He dropped one ball and saw another land at his feet. Warner then found him on two slant plays, each gaining 19 yards. He broke tackles on his final reception for an 18 yard gain.
2006 Week 2 vs SEA (10 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec)
Boldin was the only WR that Kurt Warner threw to in the first quarter and he finished as the Cardinals' leading receiver in this game. He pulled in six of Warner's 11 targets for 62 yards, but was held out of the end zone.
2006 Week 3 vs STL (12 / 10 / 129 / 0 rec)
Boldin was the big threat downfield in this game, leading both teams in receptions and yards. He dropped his first target of the game for what would have been a 12 yard pickup. On his next reception, he came over the middle and shook off the defender easily. After that, Boldin didn't make another mistake really. He made a nice one-handed snag to pick up a first down along the sideline, and was consistently Warner's go-to guy on the underneath routes when the team needed a big first down. Boldin failed to find the end zone, but he came close after being taken down at the Saint Louis three yard line.
2006 Week 4 vs ATL (6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Cardinals' quarterbacks struggled to get the ball to Boldin. Twice he was targeted on quick slants that were tipped by linebackers and intercepted. His sixteen yard reception up the middle of the field in the fourth quarter was typical Boldin. He caught a short dump and weaved his way through, over, and around defenders leaving tacklers in his wake.
2006 Week 5 vs KC (7 / 4 / 71 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Boldin provides a strong and skilled target for Leinart. He is adept at using his body to position for a catch. His touchdown was caught in stride and while pulling away from the defender. He finished with a good day and very good yardage total.
2006 Week 6 vs CHI (18 / 12 / 136 / 1 rec)
With Larry Fitzgerald inactive, Boldin was the focal point of the Cardinals' passing game. He was targeted nine times in each half. Boldin made a 15 yard reception on the opening drive to bring up a first down. He then scored a 26 yard touchdown on the Cardinals' third drive. It was the first third down of 11 yards or more that the team had converted all season. Boldin was targeted in the end zone later in the half but was unable to make the catch. He ended the first half with a 19 yard reception to set up a Rackers field goal. In the second half, it was clear that Boldin was Leinart's first thought when he needed a big play. An 18 yard reception on the second drive of the half gave the Cardinals a first down. Boldin had two other 15 yard receptions for first downs in the second half, and ended the day with 12 catches for 136 yards and a touchdown.
2006 Week 7 vs OAK (13 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Boldin was Leinart's favorite target, getting 13 looks from his southpaw quarterback. However, he was unable to do much on those targets, catching only four passes for 59 yards and no touchdowns. Playing without fellow starting wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is undoubtedly a major change for the offense, but their sub par play against a struggling Raiders' defense certainly doesn't give fantasy owners a big vote of confidence in their new offensive coordinator.
2006 Week 8 vs GB (11 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Boldin was Matt Leinart's favorite target, but dropped a couple of passes, and had several others broken up, mostly by Al Harris. Boldin was responsible for several third down conversions, but was not a major factor in this game.
2006 Week 10 vs DAL (6 / 2 / 53 / 0 rec)
With Fitzgerald returning to the lineup, Boldin was more of a number two receiver. He made some difficult receptions, but Leinart didn't have time to seek out his second and third reads.
2006 Week 11 vs DET (7 / 5 / 87 / 0 rec)
Boldin was the most targeted receiver in this game, and came up with a nice 44 yard catch down the left side, though he was moved all over, lining up on both sides of the field. Boldin also caught a 22 yard catch down the right side, and averaged over seventeen yards per reception.
2006 Week 12 vs MIN (15 / 9 / 140 / 1 rec)
Boldin had a great game as he had 140 receiving yards and one touchdown. He caught a 29 yard pass up the middle of the field on the Cardinals first play from the line of scrimmage and it set the tone for what was to be a big game. He had a good first quarter catching three balls for 55 yards as he was clearly Matt Leinart favorite target early on in the game. He only had one catch for seven yards in the second quarter as Leinart started to spread the ball around to other receivers like Larry Fitzgerald and Bryant Johnson. Boldin's first catch in the second half came on a reception up the middle of the field again for 24 yards. He had three receptions for 45 yards late in the fourth quarter as Arizona attempted a comeback. He caught a nine yard touchdown pass with less then a minute left as the Cardinals pulled within five points. Almost all of his receptions came over the middle of the field throughout the game and he picked up extra yards by breaking tackles on many of his receptions.
2006 Week 13 vs STL (8 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Boldin's biggest contribution in this game was in drawing a pair of defensive pass interference penalties, and serving as a deep option to open up the offense, all of which fail to show up on the stat sheet. Boldin was also targeted once in the red zone inside the five yard line.
2006 Week 14 vs SEA (7 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Boldin had a very quiet start to the game, and did not see his first target until the Cardinals' fifth drive. He caught the pass for a 20 yard gain and a first down, and had a nine yard gain later on the same drive. Boldin caught two of his four targets in the second half, including one for an 11 yard gain and a first down.
2006 Week 15 vs DEN (11 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Boldin was the most targeted receiver in the game. He corralled five of the eleven balls thrown to him, for a respectable 60 yards. However most of that were late in the game with the outcome pretty much decided. He was effectively blanketed early on in the contest.
2006 Week 16 vs SF (7 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
Boldin was targeted seven times in the game, catching four passes for 64 yards. All four of his receptions resulted in Arizona first downs.
2006 Week 17 vs SD (5 / 4 / 112 / 0 rec, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
Boldin put up very nice stats, and gave the Chargers all kinds of problems in the defensive secondary. He took an early handoff off a pitch and rumbled around the corner for 18 yards on one play, and later broke downfield for a huge 64 yard reception that involved most of the yardage coming after the catch. His strength was on full display, as he eluded most of the defenders on the team during the reception and he broke several tackles before finally being taken down at the five yard line. Early in the game, he managed to fortunately avoid a turnover when his fumble was recovered by a Chargers player whose foot was on the line. The play was designed to be a wide receiver option pass, but Boldin never really got a handle on the ball and lost the ball when he was hit.
2005 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)
Boldin had four catches for 62 yards. Early in the game Warner looked to Boldin on longer routes while Fitzgerald worked mostly underneath.
2005 Week 2 vs STL (9 / 8 / 119 / 0 rec)
Boldin was targeted the most by QB Kurt Warner, getting nine targets. Boldin caught all but one of the chances, gaining 119 yards and picking up six first downs. The only ball that he did not catch was not really a legitimate opportunity - the ball was tipped by the line, well before Boldin could make a play on it. Boldin was active in every quarter, getting two targets or more in every period. Six of his eight catches were for ten yards or more, with his two longest going for 27 yards each in the first and last quarters.
2005 Week 3 vs SEA (12 / 6 / 88 / 0 rec, 2 / 18 / 0 rush)
Boldin had a solid game, but it could have been a monster if not for a mistake on one play. During the second quarter Boldin got behind the defense completely alone. QB Kurt Warner threw a nice pass to Boldin in stride, but for some unknown reason Boldin opted to jump up and catch the pass. He could have ran under it and gone the distance, but his leap caused him to stumble and fall for only a 45 yard gain. In the third quarter Boldin made a one handed catch on the sideline that only a handful of NFL wide receivers could have managed. However, he only got one foot in bounds and the pass was ruled incomplete.
2005 Week 4 vs SF (12 / 8 / 116 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Boldin had eight catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown was only the third offensive touchdown on the season by the Cardinals and the first to a player other than Larry Fitzgerald. Boldin's night could have been even bigger had he been hit on a couple of other throws where he was running free in the 49ers' secondary.
2005 Week 5 vs CAR (17 / 10 / 162 / 1 rec, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
Boldin made a very nice touchdown grab, and combined for 165 yards on thirteen touches, but it was his fumble inside the Arizona five yard line that ultimately cost the Cardinals the game. Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald both went through stretches in the game where it seemed they were the only wide receiver whom Josh McCown was targeting.
2005 Week 7 vs TEN (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)
Boldin failed to make a catch for the first time all year. He was targeted five times and was close on a few occasions to making the reception. The first of three targets in the fourth quarter bounced off his hands on a medium length pass of about 15 yards. His next target was caught 35 yards from scrimmage, but Boldin only had one foot in bounds. His final opportunity was a juggling reception that might have been ruled a catch on replay, but the Cardinals committed a penalty so the play never had a chance.
2005 Week 8 vs DAL (8 / 3 / 69 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Boldin had three catches for 69 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted eight times but many of the throws were considerably off target due to the pressure Dallas applied to quarterback Josh McCown. Boldin did have a pass attempt off a wide receiver reverse but threw the incompletion into triple coverage on Larry Fitzgerald by the Cowboys.
2005 Week 11 vs STL (11 / 8 / 105 / 1 rec)
Boldin finished with eight receptions for 105 yards, including a 13 yard touchdown reception and a two point conversion reception. He was targeted 12 times for the game, and the St. Louis defensive backfield just could not contain Boldin or Fitzgerald.
2005 Week 12 vs JAX (16 / 10 / 115 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Boldin played well, running a variety of routes well, and getting open a fair amount of the time against a very good Jaguars secondary. He and Warner seemed to be in sync on several timing routes, both intermediate and deep routes. Boldin made several catches that required great concentration, as the passes were thrown into tight spots where he was covered well.
2005 Week 13 vs SF (15 / 11 / 156 / 1 rec)
Boldin was just a monster. He finished with 11 catches for 156 yards, including a 54 yard touchdown on which he broke about five tackles and rumbled for the score. The San Francisco defensive backfield just had no answer for either Boldin or his counterpart, Larry Fitzgerald. Boldin was Warner's favorite target, getting 16 passes thrown his way.
2005 Week 14 vs WAS (17 / 9 / 114 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Boldin is a beast and at the current time is possibly the Cardinals best option. Boldin caught nine of the 16 balls thrown his way for 114 yards. A number of his passes were short throws allowing him to pick up yards on his own. He often avoids or runs through first contact and with the team's lack of a running game these short passes serve as an alternative. Sadly, he might be the best rusher on the team as well.
2005 Week 15 vs HOU (12 / 8 / 134 / 1 rec)
Boldin led the club in targets with 14, and hauled in eight of those balls for 134 yards and a touchdown from 20 yards out. Both he and Fitzgerald continue to get the job done with a non existent running game, and it seems Boldin makes a one handed catch every week. He did leave the game briefly with an injury, but returned shortly after and did not seem bothered by it at all.
2005 Week 16 vs PHI (14 / 9 / 81 / 1 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)
Boldin was a monster in this game. He was open all day on short hitches and drag routes underneath against soft Philadelphia coverage. Whenever he caught the ball, Boldin fought for extra yards after contact with tough physical running. Boldin's touchdown came on a 20 yard go route. He held on despite being hit by the safety as the ball was delivered. Boldin lost yardage on and end around early in the game when nobody was blocked. Boldin did fumble the ball after a fourth quarter reception, but the Cardinals recovered.
2005 Week 17 vs IND (14 / 8 / 81 / 0 rec)
Boldin led the Cardinal receivers catching eight of the 17 balls thrown his way for 81 yards. Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald combined for 205 catches on the season and are arguably the best wide receiver combination in the game today as they become the first combination since Ed McCaffery and Rod Smith of the Denver Broncos to both surpass the 100 reception plateau in a season.