On Monday, the Buffalo Bills signed wide receiver Anquan Boldin to a one-year contract. This signing brings a veteran to the wide receivers room who has had success that most players on the Bills roster have not yet experienced.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Boldin can be an example to follow for the young players in the organization. Beane said that in his mind, Boldin is a future Hall of Fame player, and is confident he will be up to speed with the offense in a very short amount of time.
“I think our receivers room is fairly young still,” Beane told the media Tuesday morning. “I think he is going to help those guys show what it means to be a pros pro and what it takes on the field, in the meeting rooms, and in the training room.”
Head coach Sean McDermott echoed Beane’s comments, saying Boldin is a high-quality player and person and that those are they type of players a team needs to be a successful organization.
“I’ve been around a lot of good players in my career and I’ve a been a lot of good teams,” McDermott said Wednesday. “Those good teams, one of the common denominators are high-quality individuals and leadership, and that’s also a part of the acquisition.”
Both Beane and McDermott were hesitant to say that Boldin will be exclusively a slot receiver, even though that is one of his strengths. They said they can potentially see Boldin playing outside from time to time as well.
Boldin had his first day of training camp with the team Tuesday and worked with the first and second teams. According to reports, Boldin gathered the receivers together after practice and is carving out a leadership role for himself already.