Every time an NFL player faces his old team, the question becomes: How much of his old playbook can he remember?
This is almost certainly the case as Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson prepares his current teammates to meet his old ones. The 49ers travel east as part of Week 15 action.
“He’s been spilling the beans,” Bucs No. 1 cornerback Darelle Revis said of Goldson, “and we definitely appreciate that.”
“We want to get this win for Dashon.”
A win for Revis in his matchup with San Francisco’s leading receiver would go a long way toward that aim.
Boldin, then a member of the Baltimore Ravens, made seven catches for 110 yards in the former meeting, but just one for 28 in the latter against Revis.
“That’s about the extent of it,” Boldin said of his career matchup with Revis, a former New York Jets defender and one of the NFL’s best cover-men.
From the 49ers perspective, another productive passing day could push them into the win column.
Boldin has racked up at least 93 yards receiving three weeks running, putting him 85 short of his sixth career 1,000-yard season.
“We’re still a work-in-progress,” Boldin said of the offense at large. “We have played better over the last couple weeks, but I don’t think we’ve reached our full potential yet.”
Goldson, for one, doesn’t want to see that happen.
“He’s a guy that can bring it. But as a receiver you don’t worry about that stuff,” Boldin said. “You get hit you get hit, just find ‘em on a running play.”
Any casual observer could see this take place in Week 14, when a fiery Boldin imposed his will on the Seattle Seahawks secondary. Like Goldson, he plays a physical brand of football.
“Gives you a lot of confidence to put the ball in the air," Kaepernick said. "You can give them chances that you wouldn’t normally give a receiver.”
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