Friday, August 23, 2013

Anquan Boldin shining in mentor role for 49ers

The 49ers knew they were getting a proven receiver for their money, when they took Anquan Boldin’s contract off the Ravens’ books this offseason.

But they’re getting more than their money’s worth in the lessons Boldin is sharing with a young receiving corps, sharing 10 years of NFL experience every day.

“Q has been so good with the younger guys, trying to teach them how to be professionals,” wide receiver Kyle Williams told Jim Trotter of “He’s not just teaching them what to learn, but how to learn it, how to learn concepts and how you can see certain things in coverages. I think his whole mentality, his whole approach to this game is something we all can learn something from. He’s so serious about it. He doesn’t play around.”

That includes not even taking time to celebrate his Super Bowl win with the Ravens, including a visit with the President which he skipped. Coming close with the Cardinals showed him how small the margin was, and he didn’t want to give it away.

“For me it doesn’t change,” Boldin said of his motivation. “That’s the reason why I didn’t go to the ring ceremony at the White House. If you take time to celebrate, you kind of lose that edge, lose that hunger.”

That professionalism is going to be huge for the 49ers this year. In the absence of injured Michael Crabtree, he could end up a safety net for Colin Kaepernick, giving the second-year quarterback someone to rely on as he grows in the game as well.

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