Late For Work 3/16: Boldin An Elite 8 Offseason Move

Plus Kruger gets overlooked, T.O. still in Cincy’s picture and sweet tweets.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 at 7:55 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Boldin An Elite 8 Offseason Move

Dozens of offseason trades and free agency signings have already taken place since the market bell rang just 11 days ago.

But which is the best?

NFL Total Access broke out its NFL offseason bracket, launching the debate as to who is the top offseason acquisition (in trades or free agency) so far.

Starting with the field of eight below, analysts Jamie Dukes and Rod Woodson discussed which players will make the biggest impact with their new teams.

(1) Julius Peppers, Bears
(8) LaDainian Tomlinson, Jets
(4) Antrel Rolle, Giants
(5)  Antonio Cromartie, Jets

(3) Karlos Dansby, Dolphins
(6) Thomas Jones, Chiefs
(2) Anquan Boldin, Ravens
(7) Chester Taylor, Bears

When Boldin and Taylor went head-to-head, both Duke and Woodson agreed Boldin will have a greater impact on the Ravens than Taylor will have on the Bears.

“I think this is a great pick-up for the Ravens,” Woodson said. “I think their pick-up is going to give them a mid-range guy who is going to catch a lot of balls. We know one thing he can do, once he catches the football he can take it the distance.”

Dukes had no argument, even noting that Boldin excels in a “lost art” among receivers.

I think the key with Boldin certainly is to just get the ball in his hands. He understands how to find holes, that’s the one thing that I think is a lost art.”

“There are not a lot of receivers who really don’t understand how to work the middle of the field and get open. He doesn’t have the long blazing speed, but as you said Rod, on that second level this guy is a dangerous player. And then when he gets it, he has that running back ability with the football.”

Boldin easily made the bracket’s Final 4, and will next face Karlos Dansby of the Miami Dolphins.

Overlooking Kruger?

Over the weekend, the Baltimore Sun’s Jamison Hensley wrote a blog to make up for an oversight in an in-depth story that analyzed the current void at the Ravens’ defensive end position.  The blog mentioned that he overlooked the fact that second-year Paul Kruger could still be a contributor.

ESPN’s James Walker took this as the opportunity to ponder if more people are overlooking Kruger’s potential impact on the Ravens’ defense.

“I’ve learned not to reach a conclusion on a player after the first season,” Walker said. “In Pittsburgh it’s often called the ‘Troy Polamalu rule.’ Kruger’s rookie season wasn’t much but it doesn’t mean he won’t continue to develop.”

Hensley believes the future is in Kruger’s hands at this point.

“It’ll really be up to Kruger whether he can make an impact there. Listed at 265 pounds, Kruger needs to add some bulk to become a factor on the defensive line.”

Yesterday, I saw Kruger at the Owings Mills practice facility participating in the team’s voluntary offseason workout program, demonstrating he is willing to do all he can to take the next step. Mike Duffy caught up with him to discuss his offseason goals. Look for a piece on Kruger later today. Should be interesting.

Small Chance T.O. Could Still Come to AFC North

After signing receiver Antonio Bryant, were the Cincinnati Bengals too quick to dismiss Terrell Owens?

According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, there’s still a very small chance the Bengals will reconsider the consensus top unsigned unrestricted free agent. 

“It went really, really well,” said Bengals Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski of Owens’ team visit. “We both felt we would have been a real good match had it worked that way.  I wouldn’t think that the door is closed but it’s going to make it harder now.”

Sweet Tweets

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