Now that Anquan Boldin has blown his cover, what does he do for an encore?
The number of people who believed the rookie from
Florida State would be leading the league in both receiving (10 catches) and
receiving yardage (217) after Week 1 no doubt would equal the number of sacks
posted by the Cardinals' defense in the opener (zero).
Cardinals' third receiver went over the middle to catch everything in sight just
as Frank Sanders used to do - and then doing more after the catch than anyone
the Cardinals have had on their roster recently.
Boldin, the NFL
rookie of the week, is expected to move into the starting lineup, not only on
the basis of his strong opener - his receiving yardage was the most ever by a
player in his first NFL game - but also because injuries have claimed at least
two of the Cardinals six receivers and threaten another for Sunday's home opener
"I don't know the learning curve or how fast
you are supposed to learn," Boldin said. "I just have to tip my hat to the
coaches, not only me but (fellow rookie) Bryant Johnson too, he's learning
quickly, and that's all (because of) the coaches."
find himself in a match up against another potential game-breaking rookie who is
forced to play because of an injury, Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant.
Starting corner Shawn Springs will sit this one out.
might have come from nowhere to surprise the hapless Lions in the opener, but
from this point forward defensive coordinators will know who Boldin is, and
they'll undoubtedly have wrinkles ready to thwart the rookie.
That could be especially true this weekend if starters Larry Foster (ankle) and
Bryan Gilmore (knee) and backup Kevin Kasper (back) can't play. Foster and
Kasper are very doubtful. Gilmore's status might go to game
While fantasy-league players will be awed by Boldin's
numbers, real lovers of the game will be equally impressed with the little
things, everything from how he runs routes and gets open, to his
Boldin flattened Lions defensive end Robert Porcher on
Four other receivers were off the board when the
Cardinals chose Boldin 54th overall in the second round.
"It was pretty evident early that Anquan was a more mature guy than your average
receiver," said offensive coordinator Jerry Sullivan. "He wasn't awed by the
-- WR Larry Foster (knee), who had one catch in
the opener before he was injured, has not practiced and remains doubtful.
-- WR Anquan Boldin, who caught 10 passes for 217 yards in his
NFL debut, was named NFL rookie of the Week on Thursday and probably will start
in Foster's spot.
-- WR Bryan Gilmore (knee), who made his first
career start in the opener, has a sprained medial collateral ligament, but could
see action Sunday against Seattle. The injury, however, no doubt will reduce the
effectiveness of the team's fastest player.
-- KR Kevin Kasper
(back), has not been ruled out but he has not practiced and it does not look
good for this weekend. The Cardinals can live without his receiving, but
Kasper's real value is his 27-yard average on returns.
Jason McAddley, the sixth WR, would run back kickoffs and would be elevated in
the wideout rotation depending on who among Foster, Gilmore and Kasper does not
-- G Leonard Davis (ankle) had a negative MRI and has
resumed individual work on the practice field. He is expected to try to play on
a sore ankle and with a huge wrap covering a fractured right hand. The injuries
will reduce the effectiveness of the team's best offensive lineman and could
impede the running of Emmitt Smith and Marcel Shipp.
Thursday night Cardinals
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