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Boldin: 49ers Have Many Weapons

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Anquan Boldin spoke highly of the numerous play-makers on the 49ers roster, including rookie wideout Quinton Patton.

Anquan Boldin enters Sunday’s season opener as the 49ers unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver.

The 11-year veteran, however, doesn’t think he’ll be San Francisco's only play-making receiver against the Green Bay Packers. During the final media availability of the week, Boldin stressed that he has confidence in his first-year teammates.

“We have a lot of weapons that can make plays on the field,” said Boldin, who saw limited action in the preseason, but was a consistent producer in training camp practices.

Boldin enters 2013 as one of the team's top targets for third-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“Kap has a lot of guys he can go to, from running backs, to tight ends, to receivers,” Boldin said. “I think we have a lot of guys that create mismatch problems for defenses.”

One of those players is rookie wideout Quinton Patton. The fourth-round draft pick caught a pair of preseason touchdown passes and continues to earn more praise from coaches and veteran teammates.

Patton battled back from a broken finger at the start of training camp to become an expected contributor in the regular season.
Boldin has also mentored Patton throughout their time together.

“He’s a quick learner,” the veteran said of the rookie. “The guy is eager to go out and make a name for himself. You saw in the preseason, he made plays.”

Patton’s development bodes well for a receiving corps that will be without Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham for the start of the season.

“It’s something that we’re excited about,” Boldin said. “I’m definitely looking forward to his growth in the offense because we definitely could use him.”

Heading into Week 1, Boldin is joined atop San Francisco’s depth chart by another up-and-coming wide receiver, Kyle Williams.

Jim Harbaugh pointed out that the fourth-year wideout looks stronger and faster after a season-ending knee injury cut short his 2012 season.

Boldin believes the entire receiving group will turn heads in the home opener against the Packers.

“They’re talented,” Boldin said of the player he advises on a daily basis. “You’ll see for yourself come Sunday and each game that we play. Those guys are definitely going to make plays. They’re ready to make their mark on this league.

“I’m not worried about them at all.”

Boldin’s winning attitude has been apparent throughout his time with the 49ers. After being acquired in April for a sixth-round draft pick, the three-time Pro Bowl receiver has been focused on winning another Super Bowl. Although he helped defeat the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, Boldin has been all about his new team.

Boldin didn’t go to the Super Bowl ring ceremony and he didn’t go to the White House to meet the President.

Boldin has been intent on showing loyalty to his new team.

The veteran receiver’s focus is even more noticeable when he discussed the magnitude of Sunday’s game against the Packers.

“Nobody is going to lay down for you just because you were in the Super Bowl last year,” Boldin said. “It’s the opposite. Everyone wants to beat you… We have to come out and play. We have to be on our best.”

 

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