Bills sign veteran re­ceiver Boldin

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JOHN WAWROW

The Buf­falo Bills signed free agent An­quan Boldin on Mon­day in a move that adds an es­tab­lished veteran pres­ence to a mostly young and untested group of re­ceivers.

Boldin ar­rived at the Bills train­ing camp fa­cil­ity in sub­ur­ban Rochester, N.Y., to sign the con­tract, and is sched­uled to be­gin prac­tis­ing Tues­day. The Bills were ac­tively re­cruit­ing Boldin for the past month, in­clud­ing hav­ing the 14-year veteran visit their head­quar­ters two weeks ago.

The 36-year-old re­ceiver showed he’s still ca­pa­ble of mak­ing an im­pact af­ter spend­ing last sea­son with Detroit, where he had 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touch­downs in 16 games.

Boldin’s 1,076 catches for 13,779 yards rank third among play­ers since break­ing into the Na­tional Foot­ball League in 2003, when he was drafted in the sec­ond round by Ari­zona. He played seven sea­sons with the Car­di­nals and also had two three-year stints in Bal­ti­more and San Fran­cisco. Over­all, he ranks ninth on the NFL ca­reer list in catches, 14th in yards re­ceiv­ing and is tied for 23rd with 82 touch­downs re­ceiv­ing.

Boldin will have an op­por­tu­nity to com­pete for a job along­side starter Sammy Watkins. The Bills re­vamped their group of re­ceivers this off-sea­son un­der first-time coach Sean McDer­mott af­ter los­ing Robert Woods and No. 3 re­ceiver Mar­quise Good­win in free agency.

The Bills se­lected East Carolina prod­uct Zay Jones in the sec­ond round and also signed a num­ber of free agents, in­clud­ing An­dre Holmes, Philly Brown and Rod Streater.

An­quan Boldin

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