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Boldin to Battle Seattle's Physical DBs

Posted Sep 11, 2013

The veteran wide receiver faces a group of Seahawks defensive backs that includes the strong Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman.

Anquan Boldin knows the effect a good and studious safety can have on his defense. He played with Ed Reed.

“He would pattern-read a lot,” the 49ers wideout said of his ex-Baltimore Ravens teammate. “He did a lot of film study. He could tell you what a team was going to do just by the way they lined up.”

So when Boldin lines up across from another Pro Bowl safety in Earl Thomas – the 49ers visit the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football – he won’t be looking to telegraph his routes. Although a repeat performance of his 13-catch, 208-yard debut against the Green Bay Packers would be welcomed to say the least.


“(Sunday) was nothing that he can’t do,” Seahawks Pete Carroll said. “He’s always been a great catcher, a big-play guy and a guy who can catch it with guys draped all over him.”

Expect Thomas – and, potentially, cornerback Richard Sherman – to be eyeing Boldin during the nationally-televised game.

“He’s not that fast, but he’s very physical,” Thomas said of Boldin. “He has the ability to push little corners around and get open.”

At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Sherman is actually the smaller of the Seahawks starting cornerbacks. Brandon Browner, who did not practice on Wednesday (hamstring), would present even more of a matchup challenge for the 6-foot-1 Boldin.

“If you watch film,” Boldin said. “They’re a lot more physical than normal defensive backs.”

Normal who the 49ers just faced: three of the Packers top four corners are 5-foot-11. Of the more imposing Seahawks, Boldin said he’ll simply have to “match their intensity.”

This shouldn’t be a problem, according to Boldin’s teammate from his other NFL team, the Arizona Cardinals.

“He brings an attitude, he brings a competitiveness that’s unlike anybody that I’ve ever played with,” quarterback-turned-analyst Kurt Warner said on the NFL Network. “He brings a toughness. We talked about intimidation – he tries to do that every time out whether the ball is in his hands, whether he’s blocking on a run play. He physically tries to let the people on the other side know they’re in for a long day.”


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