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Anquan Boldin | Wide Receiver | #80

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/3/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Florida State
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (54) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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According to Kyle Meinke of, there's "no question" Anquan Boldin will open the season as the Lions' No. 3 receiver.
Meinke said Boldin has looked "that good" in camp. Boldin will likely handle slot receiver with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones outside. Even while being plagued with poor quarterback play in San Francisco last season, Boldin managed a respectable 69 catches for 789 yards and four touchdowns. T.J. Jones, Jay Lee and Quinshad Davis round out the rest of Detroit's receiving corps. Aug 12 - 4:24 PM

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The Lions' website expects Anquan Boldin to "step into the slot" in Detroit.

Golden Tate ran the majority of his 2015 routes in the slot and finished with a career-low 9.0 yards per catch. Boldin's addition suggests Tate will get more run on the perimeter, where he could compensate for any potential target loss with more big plays downfield. Boldin may end up hurting fellow complementary pass catchers Theo Riddick, Marvin Jones, and Eric Ebron the most.
Aug 3 - 11:11 PM

Anquan Boldin worked with the first-team offense during the first practice of Lions camp.

That did not take long. After signing a one-year deal on Thursday, Boldin was lining up between Golden Tate and Marvin Jones on Friday. If his $750,000 signing bonus was not proof enough, this clearly shows he is the favorite for the No. 3 job. T.J. Jones worked with the second-team on Friday.
Jul 30 - 8:25 AM

Anquan Boldin's one-year contract is worth $2.75 million, and includes a $750,000 signing bonus.

In other words, he'll be making the 53-man roster. All but assured of No. 3 receiver duties, Boldin will probably be in the 50-catch range behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones. Eric Ebron may be most hurt by Boldin's addition.
Jul 28 - 2:48 PM

The Lions plan to play Anquan Boldin both in the slot and on the perimeter.

Boldin played 64.7 percent of his snaps in the slot last season. That number was 56.0 percent for Golden Tate. There's no question Tate is the bigger playmaker out of the slot at this point in their respective careers, but perhaps he'll cede the middle to Boldin in some three-receiver sets. Boldin will take targets from each of Tate, Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick, but not enough from any to stall their fantasy value.
Jul 28 - 1:20 PM

Lions agreed to terms with WR Anquan Boldin on a one-year contract.

Boldin visited the Lions last month. Boldin still had plenty left in the tank for the pathetic 49ers last season, catching 69 passes in 14 games as he dealt with bottom-three quarterback play. Still, going on 36, he's headed to the Lions as a No. 3 receiver. He'll cut into Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, and Eric Ebron's targets, but shouldn't destroy their fantasy value. As a standalone option, Boldin probably won't be more than a WR5. It's a big addition for a Lions team moving on from Calvin Johnson, but not a major fantasy event.
Jul 26 - 1:45 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune disputes an NFL Network report that the Saints are pushing to sign free agent Anquan Boldin.

Some national reporters seem to get used by agents more than most. The Times-Picayune's Kat Terrell confirms the Saints "did look into" signing Boldin "earlier in the summer," but didn't so much as make Boldin a contract offer. A Boldin signing would have put a major dent into rookie Michael Thomas' sleeper appeal. As is, Thomas remains penciled in as Marques Colston's slot replacement.
Jul 15 - 3:58 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints are making the "strongest push" for free agent Anquan Boldin.

Boldin has been loosely connected to the Bengals and Lions, but this is the first time it sounds like the pot might actually boil. Boldin would be reuniting with WRs coach John Morton in New Orleans, whom he played for as a 49er from 2013-14. Boldin's addition would take some of the wind out of the sails of rookie Michael Thomas' fantasy appeal.
Jul 14 - 2:25 PM

The Bengals haven't been in touch with free agent WR Anquan Boldin.

Cincinnati lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu and doesn't have much depth behind A.J. Green, Brandon LaFell, and rookie Tyler Boyd. Boldin is the top free agent receiver left, but he hasn't been on the Bengals' radar. "We have not had any discussions with him," said personnel director Duke Tobin. Boldin turns 36 in October. He should still find a home during training camp.
Jul 10 - 10:50 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said "there's a chance" the team adds a veteran free agent before training camp.

"Our roster sits at 89 as we speak right now, so we actually do have one roster spot that we could fill in the next few weeks," Quinn said. "There are certain veteran free agents that we have spoken to over the last couple months that we’re keeping tabs on." One of the free agents they have "spoken to" is 35-year-old WR Anquan Boldin, who has received scant interest so far. With little depth behind starters Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, Boldin could be an option closer to camp.
Jul 4 - 9:08 AM

Free agent WR Anquan Boldin will visit the Lions on Monday.

The Lions clearly aren't satisfied with their receiving depth, signing Andre Roberts to a one-year deal and now hosting Boldin, who is the top free agent receiver on the market. Boldin previously mentioned his desire to play for a contender, but so far the Lions and Redskins are the only teams who have shown interest. The 35-year-old led San Francisco with 69 catches and 789 yards last year. With Calvin Johnson gone, the Lions' top receivers are Golden Tate and Marvin Jones.
Jun 13 - 10:10 AM

49ers coach Chip Kelly hasn't talked to free agent Anquan Boldin since February.

The team appears uninterested in re-signing Boldin at this point and is moving forward with Torrey Smith and a host of competitive, intriguing youngsters like DeAndre Smelter and Eric Rogers. If Kelly doesn't like what he sees from Smelter and Co. when the pads come on this summer, and Boldin remains unsigned, things could change. But, for now, the 49ers have moved on.
May 18 - 11:48 AM

49ers GM Trent Baalke wouldn't rule out re-signing free agent WR Anquan Boldin.

The 49ers added only sixth-round WR Aaron Burbridge in the draft, leaving him, Bruce Ellington, Quinton Patton, Jerome Simpson, DeAndrew White, and 2015 fourth-rounder DeAndre Smelter as their options behind Torrey Smith. Boldin has visited just one team to this point, but it's not clear if he's willing to be part of San Francisco's rebuild. The top remaining free-agent wideout, Boldin should sign with a team before June's mandatory minicamp.
May 13 - 5:09 PM

If 49ers coach Chip Kelly is unimpressed with how the team's wide receivers perform at this week's minicamp, San Francisco could reach out to free agent Anquan Boldin.

San Francisco's current receiving corps is dangerously thin on talent with Torrey Smith entering this week's three-day minicamp as the No. 1 option. The team doesn't appear to be in a position to draft Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell or TCU WR Josh Doctson, who are both expected to go in the mid to late first round. That could prompt the Niners to reconnect with Boldin, who remains unsigned. Boldin has led San Francisco in receiving yards each of the last three seasons, but it's unclear if he's interested in being part of the 49ers' rebuilding process.
Apr 24 - 1:05 PM

Free agent Anquan Boldin said he will "take his time" in choosing where to play this season.

Boldin's only reported visit so far was with the Redskins in late March. "It's the first time in 13 years I've been a free agent, so I get to pick where I want to go now," he said. "I'm definitely going to take my time and make the best decision for me and my family." Boldin turns 36 in October, but he still looked like he had gas in the tank last season. He should land with a Super Bowl contender before camp.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 10:54 AM

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