How much do the Baltimore Ravens miss Anquan Boldin?
On February 3, 2013 the Baltimore Ravens became the Super Bowl Champions. On September 5, 2013 the team that took the field for the defending champion Ravens looked nothing like the team that beat San Francisco in the big game. Joe Flacco received a huge contract and many of the teams pending free agents left for bigger deals. One move that the Baltimore Ravens had full control of was trading leading wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers.
Trading your top receiver for only a 6th round pick seems a bit odd, but with Flacco’s new deal it was a trade that needed to be made to open up some salary cap space. It is only one week, but it seems as though the Ravens got the raw end of the deal. After one game the Ravens have already lost their #2 wide out in Jacoby Jones, for roughly 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. This leaves their new #2 man as the ageless wonder Brandon Stokley.
While the Ravens played Thursday night, Anquan Boldin and the 49ers took the field for the late afternoon game Sunday and they did not disappoint. Boldin had a career type game with 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown. He hauled in half of Colin Kaepernick’s completions (27) and more than half of his passing yards (412). The 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers
On Thursday night, Joe Flacco was 34/62 for 362 yards 2 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Flacco’s leading reception man was Ray Rice with 8 catches, but only 35 yards. His leading
yards man was Torrey Smith with 92 yards on only 4 catches and 8 targets. Boldin garnered 17 targets today versus Green Bay. Just to cover Boldin’s game today, you would have to combine a few different Ravens receivers to make up for the difference in numbers.
While having a star quarterback in this league is the perceived goal, signing him to a mega deal when your team can’t handle the cap space is not. Flacco’s deal caused the team to lose their top receiver and through game 1 it seems as though this was a terrible move all around. Let’s be honest, if Danny Trevathan doesn’t drop the ball before the end zone on his interception of Flacco in Thursday night’s game, the score is a much worse 56-20. This team needs help and it seems as though trading Boldin was the worst off-season move that the team made.
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