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Boldin Says Ravens Have An Advantage

Anquan Boldin thinks teams with little turnover only need weeks to prepare for the season.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Should there be an NFL work stoppage that lasts into the summer, wideout Anquan Boldin believes the Ravens would be in good shape once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

With Head Coach John Harbaugh entering his fourth season, little turnover among the coaching ranks and a roster featuring both an established quarterback and respected veterans, Boldin thinks the Ravens would have an advantage over some of their counterparts.

Whenever a CBA is signed by both parties, Boldin figures the Ravens are among the teams that could be ready for a full season with only a few weeks of preparation.

“I think guys would need a couple weeks, but that’s the teams that have been together,” Boldin told “Mike and Mike in the Morning” last week while appearing at ESPN The Weekend in Orlando.  “The new coaching staffs, the new players, they might need a little longer, but that’s the disadvantage they would have.”

A work stoppage was also a hot topic for Boldin when he participated in the event that featured athletes and ESPN personalities and is sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods.

But as the Ravens’ leading receiver said repeatedly when interviewed across ESPN’s multiple platforms, he is confident NFL owners and the NFL Players Association will accomplish a new labor deal soon.

“I have trust in those guys that something will get done,” said Boldin.  “I think the sport of football is a great sport and one that everybody in America enjoys.  We can’t miss a season of football.  It will hurt everybody – owners, fans, players… everyone involved.”

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