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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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Anquan Boldin caught 4-of-6 targets for 22 yards and a touchdown Week 3 against the Packers.
Boldin was quiet most of the day, but he did get loose in the flat for a two-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Boldin now has two touchdowns in as many weeks, but he has yet to surpass 50 yards. He is a low-upside PPR option at best. Sep 25 - 5:12 PM

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Anquan Boldin caught 4-of-7 targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' Week 2 loss to the Titans.

He had a second touchdown negated by a penalty. The Lions are making it a point to spread the ball around in the passing game this season, and Boldin is a staple in their 11-personnel three-receiver sets, which means he's going to be on the field a ton. He's on the WR4/5 fringe entering Week 3 at Green Bay.
Sep 18 - 5:56 PM

Anquan Boldin caught 3-of-3 targets for 35 yards in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Colts.

Boldin didn't put up big fantasy stats, but he was looked to by Matthew Stafford in critical situations and came through. Boldin's three targets were sixth on the team. He's just a WR5/6 in fantasy entering Week 2 versus Tennessee.
Sep 11 - 8:19 PM

Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter said Anquan Boldin will be a big part of the offense this year.

Boldin is clearly the third receiver behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate, but he should play plenty of snaps in a base three-wide offense. The veteran will not be a startable option in standard leagues, but he could have some value in deeper PPR formats. Daily Slant: Boldin is expected to see plenty of work out of the slot this season, and he'll step into a great Week 1 draw with a very banged up Colts secondary. Indianapolis will be without Vontae Davis - by far their best defender - and they didn't fare all that well even with him on the field last season. That explains the lofty team total for Detroit, and with Marvin Jones and Golden Tate both expected to be much more popular, Boldin gives you exposure to a high-scoring contest at a low ownership percentage.
Sep 8 - 12:17 PM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett believes five catches and one touchdown "isn't out of the realm of possibility" for Anquan Boldin in Week 1.

Birkett expects both Marvin Jones and Golden Tate to have big games against a depleted Colts defense this week, and for Boldin to apparently do work in the dirty areas and red zone. Boldin shouldn't be in play many weeks, but Week 1 is as good as any to consider him with the Lions using more no-huddle in a game with a 51-point over-under and with Eric Ebron (ankle) in doubt.
Sep 7 - 9:31 AM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein believes Anquan Boldin would benefit if TE Eric Ebron (ankle) was forced to miss time.

Ebron is expected to be ready for Week 1, but the Lions will be in trouble at tight end if he is not able to play. One solution could be to give Boldin a bigger role on passing downs. Even if Ebron sits, Boldin is nothing more than a back-end roster filler in PPR leagues playing behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate.
Source: ESPN
Aug 29 - 11:52 AM

Anquan Boldin caught 3-of-5 targets for 22 yards in Detroit's third preseason game.

Boldin got most of his targets on third down and in the red-zone. He projects as Detroit's primary underneath receiver to open the season. Boldin has five catches for 59 yards through three preseason games.
Aug 27 - 9:31 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Dwayne Washington
4Zach Zenner
GLB1Dwayne Washington
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2Anquan Boldin
3Corey Fuller
WR21Marvin Jones
2Andre Roberts
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Cole Wick
3Orson Charles
4Khari Lee
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
RG1Larry Warford
RT1Riley Reiff
2Corey Robinson
K1Matt Prater