Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin On The Decline?

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Sports Illustrated’s Bucky Brooks is making the case that Arizona Cardinals star Anquan Boldin appears to be a player in decline at this point in his NFL career.

In a report that ran recently on SI.com, Brooks points out that Boldin’s yards-per-catch dropped to 11.7 last year and the number of big plays made by Boldin has declined in each of the past three seasons.

Brooks also cites that Boldin’s 10 pass receptions over 20 yards in 2008 were a career low, and that Boldin had only three games with 100+ receiving yards last season.

All of which is true of course.

But do those numbers really mean that Boldin’s game is now in decline?

You have to keep in mind that the decline in Boldin’s numbers has coincided with teammate Larry Fitzgerald’s emergence as the NFL’s best wide receiver, which certainly impacted Boldin’s numbers.

What do you think Cardinals/NFL fans? Is Anquan Boldin now a player in decline?


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2 Responses to “Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin On The Decline?”

  1. Timothy Gallagher says:

    Anquan Boldin is not in decline. Those numbers do not factor in that he had his face smashed in, and was out for four games. He only missed part of two games last year to an injury. He was expected to be back after 6 weeks, returning two weeks early. He is tough as nails, and besides his down field ability, he makes stunning blocks for the other WR’s when they are making plays. His contribution is incontravertible.

  2. Well said, Timothy. And I agree with you – I haven’t seen anything to indicate that Boldin is now a player in decline. Thanks for commenting!