Boldin Expects More 3- and 4-WR Sets

Anquan Boldin thinks Baltimore’s passing attack could look a little like Arizona this year.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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According to a statistic from ESPN, the Ravens lined up in a four-receiver set only 16 times last year, the NFL’s fewest.
But after a full offseason to see Baltimore’s stable of running backs and receiving options up close, Anquan Boldin believes that will drastically change.
“The thing is that they run the ball a lot more efficiently here,” Boldin said in an interview with Sal Paloantonio.  ”With the weapons that we have now, I see us going to more of a three- or four-receiver sets.”
The Ravens’ offense – which also added Donte’ Stallworth to a receiving corps that includes Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton, in addition to several talented tight ends – could potentially resemble what Boldin left in the high-flying Arizona Cardinals.

With Boldin and a host of pass-catching playmakers, the Cardinals showed a four-wide set a league-high 314 times in 2009.
The Ravens, however, bring a scarier rushing attack led by Ray Rice.  Baltimore finished fifth in the NFL last year (137.5 rushing yards per game) to Arizona’s 28th-rated ground game.
“With those guys running the ball the way they do, and us having the weapons outside, it’s kind of a chess match,” Boldin noted.  ”You have to pick your poison. You can stop the run, or you can take people out of the box to stop the pass.”
So now that the Ravens have several more of their own, will there be enough touches for everyone?
“As long as we are winning, there are enough footballs,” Boldin said. “Ray Rice is going to get his carries — and his catches. Todd Heap will control the middle of the field from the tight end position. And Donte’ and Mason, they are going to stretch the field and I am just going to do what I do — catch the ball and break tackles.”

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