Anquan Boldin is helping the 49ers in more ways than one.
First, let's get the obvious out of the way. He's catching passes consistently at training camp. Deep balls, intermediate balls, even quick routes off the line of scrimmage.
That's easy to see.
Perhaps more impressive than quality receptions has been Boldin's willingness to share wisdom with teammates. The 11-year veteran is constantly sharing knowledge to both young wide receivers and veteran defensive backs.
During Sunday's camp session, Boldin broke down footwork and body positioning with cornerback Carlos Rogers. Boldin beat Rogers in a one-on-one drill with a deep in route. One would assume Rogers was following up with the respected wideout on what led him to break his route towards the deep middle of the field.
Boldin's tips don't end there.
According to SI.com’s Peter King, Boldin has used a whiteboard at practice to write down information for young wide receivers.
Colin Kaepernick loves the presence of a wise veteran at the wide receiver position, too.
"That's a grown man out there," Kaepernick told King. "He'll help the young guys whenever they ask him something. He'll tell them how he kind of works things, but he just has a savvy for the game that you can't teach. He knows how to position his body to make a catch, he knows how he wants to stick and work routs. To me as a quarterback, that's what you want. You want someone who knows, 'All right, I need to be in this window in this amount of time.' He's going to be there and make sure he's open."
More notes from Sunday's training camp practice can be found in the Morning Tailgate.
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Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee detailed Eric Reid's shining performance on Sunday.
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