The Buffalo Bills wide receiver depth chart has a serious lack of veteran leadership. Anquan Boldin visits Buffalo today.
Every position on a football team has a coach that specializes in that area of the game. Each day in practice the offensive line goes off with the O-line coach, the quarterbacks head to their QB coach, and so on and so forth. The thing that can help a young team is when there is a veteran player to go along with the coach that can better relate to the players around him.
The Buffalo Bills currently have 12 wide receivers on their depth chart, none of who are over the age of 30. Anquan Boldin could come in and send shockwaves through the receiving core. Boldin, age 36, has seen just about everything there is to see in the NFL and can still produce.
From the mouth of former expert, Ryan Brennan:
“Anquan Boldin can catch anything within a ten-mile radius.”
Yes, that would help. Here are Anquan Boldin’s stat lines from the last four years:
- 2013 -SF 49ers (85 receptions, 1,179 yards, 7 touchdowns)
- 2014 -SF 49ers (83 receptions, 1,062 yards, 5 touchdowns)
- 2015 -SF 49ers (69 receptions, 789 yards, 4 touchdowns)
- 2016 -DET Lions (67 receptions, 584 yards, 8 touchdowns)
Boldin has eclipsed the 1-000 yard mark seven times in his 14-year career that is not over yet. He even received 95 targets last year for the Detroit Lions. The Lions didn’t have the best receiving options, but they were no push-over either.
The veteran wide receiver doesn’t have the legs he used to, but he is still a red zone threat (8 touchdowns last year).
Fansided.com analyzed the current state of the Buffalo Bills receiver roster:
"“The Buffalo Bills lost wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in free agency, which helps leave them with the second-highest percentage of team targets (43 percent) and air yards (55 percent) available from last year. Sammy Watkins looks like a No. 1 wide receiver, when healthy, but right now rookie Zay Jones is line to be Buffalo’s No. 2 receiver. They had interest in Jeremy Maclin after he was cut by the Chiefs in early June, but he ultimately landed with the Baltimore Ravens.”"
If Anquan Boldin can keep his legs under his him then there is no reason he couldn’t be the third or even second option on this team. There is no telling how quick Zay Jones will develop before the season begins. Signing Boldin would take some of the pressure off Jones to perform at a high level right away.
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