Found September 08, 2013 on Fox Sports:
The first week of the NFL season has taught us two connected lessons. The San Francisco 49ers hit the jackpot with wideout Anquan Boldin, who steps in as their best wide receiver and one of their most explosive offensive weapons. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens, who lost Boldin, are looking, searching, and scratching for a threatening presence in what appeared to be a lackluster passing attack on Thursday night in Denver. In Ozzie We Trust is the saying continually perpetuated by the Raven fan base -- but GM Ozzie Newsome flat out got it wrong with this one. To top it all off instead of, "paying the man his money," they gave away one of their best players from a championship-winning squad for a sixth-round draft pick -- which, coincidentally, Boldin was in 2003. Colin Kaepernick, for the first time in his career, threw for more than 400 yards against the Green Bay Packers. The second-year quarterback is evolving, but having an elite wideout like Boldin makes the job that much easier. Boldin's Michael Jordan-like leadership presence makes all the players on the offensive side of the ball better. In Anquan Boldin, you get 3-for-1. Being a great pass-catching wide receiver is the most obvious of his talents, but there is a lot more to him than that. Another intangible is being a great leader in the locker room, which will foster work ethic and character. Boldin coaches guys on the field as well as in the meeting rooms, often teaching young receivers the tricks of the trade. He gives insight that coaches are not even particularly keen to. Boldin was instrumental in helping develop Torrey Smith of the Ravens during the two years they played together. Also overlooked is the ability of wide receivers to block. Anquan is so physical and strong, he is like having a small tight end in the slot or wideout position. He dominates and bullies the secondary and is not afraid to throw his weight against larger defensive players. The Hey Diddle Diddle, Ray Rice up the middle fourth-down play was sprung by a knockout shot of San Diego Chargers DB Eric Weddle, courtesy of Boldin. Boldin, a devout Christian and family man would often lead Bible study in the Ravens locker room. Q would often deliver sermon-like words of inspiration drawn from the Bible. During every training camp, Boldin would have his son at practice. Coach John Harbaugh allowed players' children to stay overnight in their rooms throughout the duration of camp. You could find Anquan Jr. on the practice field playing wideout against the other players' and coaches' kids once practice started. My impact player of the week started his career exactly 10 years ago with 14 receptions, 217 yards receiving yards and two touchdowns in the best game of his career. Ten years later, the former sixth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals was believed to be slower and not quite what he was entering this season. All he did was have the second-best day of his career on Sunday with 13 receptions, 208 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Coordinators: Anquan Boldin beat Packers double team

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- After reviewing film of the Green Bay Packers' 34-28 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 of the 2013 season, coach Mike McCarthy's three coordinators spoke about all of the game's major topics. Here are three question-and-answer highlights from each coordinator: DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR DOM CAPERS 1. What adjustments needed to be made -- or were...

Kaepernick to Boldin are tearing it up tonight

Let me go ahead and eat the crow before the game is over. Wow, I was wrong tonight when I said Kaep would not be able to continue where he left off from last year. Well with Anquan Boldin in San Francisco, Kaepernick is making the trade look amazing. @ESPNNFL: Colin Kaepernick over 400 yards […]

Boldin's memorable 49ers debut leads team to win

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer Anquan Boldin sprinted off the field for the locker room following a memorable 49ers debut, then insisted afterward that's just how he rolls. He gets paid to catch footballs, and he approaches each game as a job from the moment he steps onto the field to the way he exits the turf a few hours...

Kaepernick and Boldin put on a clinic in win over Packers

First off, I would like to thank the Baltimore Ravens for giving the 49ers, Anquan Boldin. For those that didn’t get to watch the game, Boldin didn’t just have a good game. He had a phenomenol game. Boldin finished the game with 13 receptions for 208 yards and one tochdown. It wasn’t just the receiving yards, he came up big time when the team needed a key first down. Just the...

Boldin leads way in debut with 49ers

Anquan Boldin's sensational San Francisco debut helped keep the 49ers on quite a roll against Green Bay. And Vernon Davis did his part in a prolific passing game led by Colin Kaepernick in a 34-28 victory over the Packers on Sunday. From Super Bowl champion Baltimore to contender again with another coach named Harbaugh, Boldin was unstoppable. He caught 13 passes for 208 yards...

Packers let Anquan Boldin and Colin Kaepernick have a party

Sunday afternoon saw a match-up between two of the better teams in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers coming out victorious 34-28 over the Green Bay Packers It wasn’t the legs of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick that caused the demise of the Packers this time around, but rather his arm. Green Bay’s defense had no answer at any point in the game for San Francisco’s newly...

Boldin proves a reliable replacement for Crabtree

In one brilliant afternoon, Anquan Boldin's spectacular debut for San Francisco sure lessened the sting of Michael Crabtree's devastating Achilles' injury. Colin Kaepernick has his top target, and a gutsy Super Bowl champion at that. Add Vernon Davis into the mix, and all those questions about the 49ers' receiving corps were quieted at least for this week. Kaepernick...

Kyle Williams expected to start alongside Anquan Boldin

Kyle Williams is expected to slotted as the 49ers number two receiver heading into this weekend’s opener against the Packers, according to  49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has been impressed with what he’s seen from Williams. “He’s had an extremely good camp,” Harbaugh said. “(He’s) getting better, getting faster. I think he’s come back stronger and...

San Francisco “Kaps” off victory over the Green Bay Packers as Anquan Boldin impresses in his 49ers debut

Today’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers lived up to the hype. The teams were already trading verbal blows earlier this week when talks about how the Packers would game plan for Colin Kaepernick. In the end the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 34-28 in a back and forth game. There was some fireworks early on in the game. Clay Matthews...

NFC West: Could it Be The Toughest Division in the NFL?

The teams in the NFC West did not waste any time improving their teams in the offseason. The 49ers traded for Anquan Boldin. The Seahawks traded for Percy Harvin. The Arizona Cardinals signed veteran quarterback Carson Palmer to bolster their offense.The St.Louis Rams improved the most through the draft by trading up to get Tavon Austin and by signing tight-end Jared Cook. This division...

Packers Hold 49ers To 90 Rushing Yards, Yield 404 Passing Yards

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Kaepernick Delivers To Lead 49ers Past Packers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Anquan Boldin’s sensational San Francisco debut helped keep the 49ers on quite a roll against Green Bay. And Vernon Davis did his part in a prolific passing game led by Colin Kaepernick in a 34-28 victory over the Packers on Sunday. From Super Bowl champion Baltimore to contender again with another coach named Harbaugh, Boldin was unstoppable. He caught 13...

Ravens Will Bring In TE Jake Ballard For A Workout

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that the Baltimore Ravens will bring in former Patriots TE Jake Ballard for a workout on Monday. The news comes less than a hour after Anquan Boldin finished Sunday’s win over Green Bay with 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown. Baltimore sent Boldin to the 49ers in return for a sixth-round pick, which now looks like a ridiculous deal. It’s...
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