Opportunities dwindled for Boldin late in year

Posted Jan. 07, 2011 @ 8:21 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

Why the distinct lack of targets for Ravens WR Anquan Boldin in the final weeks of the season? A variety of factors must be considered. For starters, while Boldin was targeted just nine times in the final three weeks of the season, QB Joe Flacco threw just 58 passes in that span as the Ravens emphasized the running game. Boldin also was targeted less often (15.5 percent) than he was in the first 13 games (23.2 percent) in that span. Opponents are definitely putting some focus on stopping Boldin, who was targeted four or fewer times in five of Baltimore's last seven games. For instance, the Bengals, who held Boldin to two catches for nine yards (three targets) in Week 17, worked to take him away with a variety of coverages. Leading up to the regular-season finale vs. Cincinnati, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron noted that teams are sometimes doubling Boldin, but he noted there are ways to combat such strategies. "There's still ways for us to get guys open, and I think you're going to see that here down the stretch," Cameron said. Overall, Boldin still led the Ravens in total targets (109), catches (64) and yards (837) in the regular season and tied for the team lead in TD catches (seven).