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High Expectations for Anquan Boldin

Posted Jul 26, 2013

The 49ers have high expectations for new wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Jim Harbaugh confirmed what everyone was thinking prior to the start of training camp.

The 49ers coach let it be known that Anquan Boldin will be expected to be a key cog in the 49ers passing attack in 2013.

“I expect Anquan to be a very big factor in our offense,” Harbaugh said on Thursday. “I’m probably being the master of the obvious... but, that’s what we expect.”

For his part, Boldin is trying to ease his way into the swing of things with a new team.

"We're at the beginning stages," said Boldin, sporting a San Francisco Giants cap. "All of this is new."

The veteran wideout is known for his production and is expected to continue being a major factor this coming season. Boldin has three Pro Bowl appearances under his belt and is coming off a standout Super Bowl performance at the expense of San Francisco's defense. The 11-year veteran caught six passes for 104 yards and the game’s opening touchdown in Super Bowl XLVII.

There's no hard feelings though.


Boldin will look to provide that clutch play-making with his new team, the 49ers. So far, the phsyical wide receiver has displayed his consistent play in his first offseason in the Bay Area.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound wideout made several tough catches whether he was covered or not.

It remained the case when the 49ers opened up camp. Boldin produced the best one-handed catch of the opening camp session and later hauled in a rifled 30-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick in between two defenders.

Boldin hasn't spent too much time focusing on the velocity of the throws. He's only concerned about the accuracy.

"I really don't think about how hard a guy throws the ball," Boldin explained. "For me, my job is to catch it.

"He does a great job of getting the ball there, that's the main thing."

Boldin said he was glad to be a part of his third team and adjusting to the locker room hasn't been difficult. More importantly, getting on the same page with Kaepernick has been the biggest focus of camp.

"I think there's a period of getting comfortable, especially going to a new team at the receiver position," Boldin said. "You have to play in order to get the timing."

Harbaugh said earlier in the week that Boldin has a serious approach to the game at all times.

Boldin didn't dispute that notion.

"I've heard that before," he said. "I've heard that from a lot of people. I can seem not warm at times, but I guess that's just who I am. I'm not a mean person, but if I'm playing football, I'm focused on that.

"Out here, for me it's business."

NaVorro Bowman, for one, likes having Bolidin as one of his teammates these days.

"He reminds me of me a bit," the All-Pro inside linebacker said, referring to his quiet, no-nonsense approach to the game. "You definitely know he's a professional."

Boldin doesn't mind looking across the field and seeing multiple Pro Bowl defenders at training camp. In his mind, it makes the offense that much better.

"You want to be challenged as an offense," Boldin said. "We have a lot of studs out here on that side of the ball."

Camp practices will continue to be competitive for the 49ers. Boldin looks forward to developing the timing with Kaepernick, but also seeing how offensive coordinator Greg Roman lines him up each day.

"We have a long road ahead, but the good things about this offense, (Roman) caters it to what guys do well... I think that's the great thing about Greg," Boldin said. "They watched film of me, they want to highlight the strong points, things I do well."

For the rest of camp Boldin will continue to be himself and not be afraid to share advice when he sees fit.

"I was told to be myself from day one," Boldin said. "I feel comfortable speaking if I see something that's going to help this team."

Young receivers have no problem approaching Boldin, even if he doesn't seem like the most hyperactive player on the team.

"The great thing about it, those guys ask questions," Boldin said. "They're teachable guys. If you say something to them, they try to apply it right away."


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