1. Veteran Presence- Boldin is the only true veteran receiver on this team. Jacoby Jones has been in the league 6 years but has nowhere near the experience and success Boldin has had throughout his career. The young guys look up to him and he has tremendous leadership. Larry Fitzgerald credits a lot of his success to Boldin which says a lot especially since Boldin was teaching him while only in his second year in the league.
Also if Cam Cameron is on his way out and a new system is brought in, Boldin will be the first to get it. He has the experience to do such a thing. You saw the issues the young defensive players had adjusting to Dean Pees. (Though some of it can be credited to the absence of Suggs.)
2. Route Running- Boldin is hands down the best route runner on the team. When up against top corners route running is crucial to getting open. It's why Torrey has been shut down on multiple occasions. No other receiver on the team comes close. He's not the most explosive but can shake veteran corners.
3. Physicality- Boldin is by far the most physical receiver on the team. Those want Doss to replace him because Doss is the mold of a possession receiver but he is also 20 pound lighter than Boldin. Doss has great hands of a possession receiver but Boldin beats him with his physicality and toughness. Just look at how he mauls corners within the first 5 yards. I don't even need to mention the block in the Chargers game.
4. Resurgance- Boldin was brought in to be a number 1 receiver, something that never could happen. Torrey Smith will clearly be the number 1 and has now demanded the other team's top corner. Boldin has always been a number 2. He and Larry Fitzgerald both topped 1400 yards in 2005 and while Torrey will never gain the respect Fitz does, he still demands the top corner while Boldin excels against the second string guys.
5. Clutch- Yes Boldin has had some drops, but he has made so many plays to make up for it. Doss has drops too in the little time he has played. Hell, I watch Cardinals games frequently and even Fitz drops some crucial passes, it happens. But Boldin has showed us this year and especially in the Cardinals game last year that he can step up when he needs to.
I really hope you read these points and will agree with me. Boldin won't demand a high contract. He knows he isn't a top receiver and I'm sure after watching guys like Brandon Lloyd or Chad Johnson, and other receivers switch teams and have little success that he won't demand much. He can stick with the team he has chemistry with and still be a contender year after year, something players in his stage crave.
Edited by dhstandard, 27 November 2012 - 08:43 PM.