Who Benefits From Anquan Boldin’s Retirement?
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Wide receiver Anquan Boldin unexpectedly retires after 13 days with the Buffalo Bills. What does this mean for prospects of the Bills receivers?
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My story from yesterday: NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin to retire after 14 seasons https://t.co/wwXoYWGO9k— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) August 21, 2017
Boldin’s sudden announcement of retirement caught many people off guard including the Buffalo Bills. The new front office and coaching staff made waves recently by making a mid-summer blockbuster trade that sent former first-round draft pick Sammy Watkins to the Los Angeles Rams. Boldin explained the change in purpose that prompted his decision.
Playing for the Bills was not a compelling enough reason for Boldin to continue his playing career. As the dust settles the Bills are left to pick up the pieces and will move forward with wide receivers Zay Jones, Jordan Matthews, Andre Holmes, Brandon Tate, and Corey Brown. Boldin ranks 14th all-time in receiving yards with 13,779 on 1,076 receptions with 82 touchdowns according to Pro Football Reference. Did you know that Boldin earned 3,495 yards after the catch since 2008 according to Pro Football Focus? His entire body of work on a per game basis speaks for itself.
Statement from Anquan Boldin on his decision to retire: pic.twitter.com/z19jekK33R— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) August 21, 2017
Is this an NFL Hall of Fame statistical resume? That remains to be seen, but let’s take a moment to identify which Bills receivers can capitalize on this opportunity.