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Boldin has become Kaepernick’s favorite target since coming over from the Ravens

by Mikey Hlebasko

Anquan Boldin wasn’t supposed to be an elite receiver this season. Despite a big postseason during the Ravens’ run to the Super Bowl, he was well on the wrong side of 30 and coming off a relatively quiet 2012 regular season that most pundits felt was indicative of his level moving forward. The Ravens didn’t want him on the roster unless he would take a $2 Million pay cut. Anquan has made all those who doubted him look real silly so far. He has been the Niners only threat at wide receiver, and without his steady contributions through four weeks they would likely be in serious trouble. Further, he is on pace for a truly historic season statistically.

If Boldin’s stats hold he will have 96 receptions for 1,488 yards and 8 touchdowns. Here is the list of players 32 or older with more than 1,488 yards in a season: Jerry Rice in 1994 and 1995. That’s it. Boldin is in a position to do something at this age that has only been done by the unquestioned greatest receiver of all time. Those 1,488 yards would also represent the highest total of Boldin’s career. Further, with the Niners struggling in the run game and on defense, there is reason to believe the passing offense can get better moving forward when the whole team is functioning more efficiently. Boldin must have found the fountain of youth somewhere along the coast in San Francisco, because as of now he is having one of the greatest seasons ever for a receiver his age.

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