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Eagles Eyeballing Other Boldin

In 2003, former Florida State receiver Anquan Boldin plunged to the second round of the draft.  In hindsight, he was one of the best players to emerge from college that year.
Six years later, his younger brother is preparing to enter the NFL, but with less impressive pre-draft credentials.
D.J. Boldin, a wideout at Wake Forest, wasn’t invited to the Scouting Combine.
But it hasn’t kept him from getting attention.
Per a league source, Boldin already has had a private workout with the Eagles, and a visit to the Lions.
The 211-pounder plays like his big brother — big and strong and physical.  He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds at his March 23 Pro Day, faster than scouts expected.
Boldin led the ACC with 77 receptions in 2008, more than North Carolina’s Hakeem Nicks.  It was a huge increase for Boldin, who caught only 11 passes in 2007 after missing the entire 2006 season for academic reasons.
Philly’s interest in Boldin is intriguing, to say the least.  If they use a late-round pick on Anquan’s not-so-little brother, the Eagles could be laying the foundation for an eventual effort to to put the two men on the same team.

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33 Responses to “Eagles Eyeballing Other Boldin”
  1. EaglesRule says: Mar 29, 2009 2:21 PM

    this could be like the year the eagles took freddie mitchell over players like chad johnson steve smith and chris chambers.

  2. VonClausewitz says: Mar 29, 2009 2:30 PM

    Nah I don’t believe it. Philly getting some decent wideouts? It’s a vicious rumor….

  3. Smush Rodrigez says: Mar 29, 2009 2:36 PM

    The birds are going to try to get as many sets of brothers as they can.

  4. BelieveInGreen2324 says: Mar 29, 2009 2:38 PM

    wouldn’t be the first time ever too
    they just did this with Stacy and Shawn Andrews
    Anquan might as well pack up his bags and head down to Philly

  5. BelieveInGreen2324 says: Mar 29, 2009 2:38 PM

    Eagles just did this with Stacy and Shawn Andrews
    Anquan might as well pack up his bags and head down to Philly

  6. bobhew says: Mar 29, 2009 2:42 PM

    now they need to sign byron westbrook to the practice squad

  7. emoser says: Mar 29, 2009 2:53 PM

    Ok, but suppose this would actually work in getting Boldin to come to philly. What happens if they cut his brother a couple months later during training camp?

  8. splifnstyl says: Mar 29, 2009 3:12 PM

    There goes 25 seconds of my life that I will never get back.

  9. Ganggreen86 says: Mar 29, 2009 3:14 PM

    lol..isn’t he with the Redskins? I dunno..the other sets of brothers seem to be more talented overall..Byron…not so much.

  10. titans_fan says: Mar 29, 2009 3:15 PM

    Does Kolb have a younger that can sling the rock?

  11. arosen36 says: Mar 29, 2009 3:21 PM

    @EaglesRules
    dont forget reggie wayne too

  12. JayPhilly says: Mar 29, 2009 3:23 PM

    They rarely cut a guy his first year. The just say “He doesn’t suck, he’s learning the system.”
    That being said, after reading this rumor I’ve come to decide I have a grudging respect for Joe Banner because I have never met anyone who manages to find more inventive ways to piss me off. It’s unbelievable.
    Lastly…
    Right now, is Avant the best WR pick in the Andy Reid Era?
    Who else would you take? Freddie? No way. Reggie or Na Brown? I wouldn’t. The only legitimate candidate in 10 years as head coach is going into his second season.

  13. titans_fan says: Mar 29, 2009 3:26 PM

    Does Kolb have a younger brother that can sling the rock?

  14. jazzmsngr says: Mar 29, 2009 3:31 PM

    Sure Freddie Mitchell Sucked…..(though he did play in a Superbowl and get a few clutch plays here and there)…. but c’mon, Chad Johnson is overrated, Chris Chambers has not done shit on a very good team in a very weak division, I will take Curtis over him any day, and from the looks of it DeSean could be the next Steve Smith, both had very similar rookie years….but anyway lets focus on the 2 bad draft picks the Eagles have had instead of the 10+ pro bowlers….typical…..BTW where is the report saying the Cardinals are willing trade….OH RIGHT, it does not exist….but still we’ll blame the Eagles for not forcing a team to want to trade….again, typical…

  15. Halftime says: Mar 29, 2009 3:36 PM

    How exactly does a player lead one of the top conferences in receptions, have a brother who is a Pro Bowler in the NFL and NOT get invited to the combine?

  16. mvlonergan says: Mar 29, 2009 4:09 PM

    The Eagles could be laying the foundation for an eventual effort to to put the two men on the same team, or they realized they should scout the player who had more receptions than the fat loaf who just gained 12 pounds in three weeks.

  17. prmpft says: Mar 29, 2009 4:11 PM

    …if desean is the next steve smith – i’ll eat a football!!!

  18. cgiversen says: Mar 29, 2009 5:11 PM

    Top conferences? ACC was down last year and was the 4th or 5th best conference maybe, which pretty much puts it at the bottom of the pack of the big conferences. They were easily behind the SEC and Big 12, and were somewhere in the middle of the pack with the Big 10, Mountain West, and Big East. They may be better top-to-bottom but they had virtually no elite teams last year.
    Still gotta give the guy his props for leading the conference though.

  19. gallaghedj311 says: Mar 29, 2009 6:34 PM

    I hope DeSean Jackson isnt the next steve smith. I dont want DeSean punching jack Ikegwuono or any other member of the secondary of the face during preseason. AND FTR – The eagles have the best WRs in the NFC East!

  20. ronmexico says: Mar 29, 2009 7:58 PM

    Florio, can you please post another article about a team that has actually won a Lombardi Trophy? No one outside of Philly cares about this god-awful team and I’m sure even a large amount of people in Philly are still Steelers fans.

  21. Tex Big Balls says: Mar 29, 2009 8:14 PM

    titans_fan says:
    “Does Kolb have a younger that can sling the rock? ”
    No, but there are two Reid boys that sell rock.

  22. antneejay2 says: Mar 29, 2009 8:26 PM

    “Florio, can you please post another article about a team that has actually won a Lombardi Trophy? No one outside of Philly cares about this god-awful team and I’m sure even a large amount of people in Philly are still Steelers fans.” – little ronnie mexico
    How would you like to be this kid’s parents?

  23. Eagleslexo says: Mar 29, 2009 9:01 PM

    Ok, this is for the idiot that said that the eagles drafted Freddie Mitchell Before Chad Johnson and Steve Smith…….First of all they all came into the league different years than Mitchell…..only WR they missed on that year was Reggie Wayne. 2nd of all Steve Smith was an undrafted rookie free agent…..that started his Career as a Philadelphia Eagle………yeah that’s right Steve Smith was an Eagle and they CUT HIM! …..They at least got it right with D-Jack though.

  24. philly says: Mar 29, 2009 10:07 PM

    Lets get the Westbrook bros.

  25. drbob1 says: Mar 29, 2009 10:32 PM

    Eagleslexo: Steve Smith was never cut by the Eagles… but you are correct in remembering that they cut a WR named Smith…It was actually former Jacksonville Jaguar star Jimmy Smith….not that it wasn’t also stupid for the Eagles to cut him, it’s just that you had the wrong Smith.

  26. dacdaveas says: Mar 29, 2009 11:54 PM

    “No, but there are two Reid boys that sell rock. ”
    LOL good stuff right there. nicely done.

  27. flyeaglesfly1933 says: Mar 30, 2009 7:36 AM

    ronmexico: wtf are you talking pal,there arent that many steelers fansin philly, im sure this would lure Anquan a lil’ bit to philly!

  28. stini777 says: Mar 30, 2009 9:04 AM

    ronmexico said: “Florio, can you please post another article about a team that has actually won a Lombardi Trophy? No one outside of Philly cares about this god-awful team and I’m sure even a large amount of people in Philly are still Steelers fans.”
    He would…but no one in Pittsburgh knows how to use a computer.

  29. DAWKPHAN says: Mar 30, 2009 9:10 AM

    Ronmexico,
    Why don’t you go back under the rock with Vox and hibernate until you can come up with a inteligent thought.

  30. arzcardinals says: Mar 30, 2009 11:36 AM

    The Eagles have been wanting Q for 2 years now.
    They’d draft his mother if they thought it would help.
    It sure was fun watching the Cardinals beat the Eagles in the NFC Championship game!!!! (insert evil laugh)
    E-A-G-L-E-SUCK SUCK SUCK

  31. Eagles44Dallas6 says: Mar 30, 2009 1:25 PM

    Awwwww, that’s so cute… a Cardinals fan talking smack.
    To revel on the negative activities of another team is typically for NFC East fans. But very nice attempt.
    The Cardinals had a great year. You should be happy. Good luck this year. (insert cozy hug)

  32. replay3 says: Mar 30, 2009 6:29 PM

    Lexo- Chad Johnson and Chambers were in the same draft as Mitchell-2001. As was Steve Smith, drafted in the 3rd round by Carolina. Other than that, great post. And you called someone else an idiot.

  33. mjryan44 says: Apr 9, 2009 3:55 PM

    DJ is almost a physical and mental carbon copy of Anquan, in terms of size, intensity, and work ethic. If you’ve ever watched him play as much as I have, you would see what I mean. The problem is
    that classic negative 40 time of 4.55, 4.60 not a burner. His play speed is much better, again like his older brother. I will not say he’ll turn out the same, no two players that are brothers are alike, but he is 6′ 2″ and around 220 lbs. runs all out over the middle in traffic and catches the ball with his hands never body catches. He has nice change of direction and doesn’t go to the ground from a light hit. Seems to be a smart player and will work hard on blocking downfield. I believe he is much better right now, than either Hank Baskett or Reggie Brown (that in and of itself would be a plus) as
    an incoming rookie. I really believe this guy will make an impact in the NFL, and hopefully the Eagles will find him in the 3rd or 4th round territory.

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