Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ravens need to upgrade at WR, Boldin not the answer


No one would argue with the notion that the Ravens must seriously upgrade their passing game. To do that it will require better personnel at wide receiver. But for those clamoring for Anquan Boldin, you better think again.

During the course of his 7 year career, Boldin has played in all 16 games of the regular season just twice and hasn’t punched the clock every game since 2006. He will turn 30 on October3, 2010.

I think it’s safe to say that Boldin benefits from a more prolific passing game in Arizona spearheaded by Kurt Warner. I think he benefits from playing opposite Larry Fitzgerald and I think Steve Breaston helps take away coverage that might otherwise be allocated to Fitzgerald and/or Boldin.

If he comes to Baltimore in a trade he would be looked upon to be the No. 1 receiver. Can he handle drawing an opponent’s top cover corner? Would he be worth the investment of a draft pick or two in a trade and the money he would take to make Boldin happy while wearing purple?

Consider his stats compared against those of Derrick Mason over the course of the past 2 seasons:

Player--Receptions--Yards--Avg.--TD’s

Bolden--173--2,062--11.9--15
Mason--153--2,065--13.5--12

Bolden is not known as a speed guy so he is not a deep threat and not a player that commands regular double coverage. Following his career at Florida State, the Ravens scouting department liked him but they weren’t exactly enthralled by his 4.7 time in the 40.

Yes the Ravens need more talent at wide receiver.

But Anquan Boldin isn’t the guy to provide it.

3 comments :

Jerry B said...

Boldin, Marshall, T.O. (Oh,No!), to name afew, are all talented wide receivers with way too much.....baggage! Better to improve through the draft as Indy and the Patriots have with Collie, Garcon and Edelman. They're out there; it's incumbent upon Ozzie and his staff to find them!!!

richard greeny said...

Easier said than done JerryB - IF the wizard has been looking, he doesn't know what to look for; if not, he should be held accountable. AND, if he passed on JohnnyKnox (coachjohn spoke glowingly of him) because he was not the "best available" at that point, he should be called into StevieB's office.
RichieG

Anonymous said...

Marshall is the answer.