Anquan Boldin just can’t get enough football.
While most of the San Francisco 49ers veterans were scaling back during the team’s offseason practices, the 33-year-old receiver was ramping it up. Following the final workout of the 49ers three-day mini-camp, Boldin explained why he took part in nearly every 11 on 11 drill.
“I love football, I love to compete.”
“I feel like for myself it’s important to get timing down with the quarterback. It’s important to get out here and go through the concepts and see the different looks that defenses give you.”
As Boldin pointed out, it’s also about getting up to speed.
“I think if you do it now, it doesn’t come as a big surprise when we start training camp. The speed of the game isn’t fast. So, for me it’s just getting back to that rhythm so that everything slows down.”
Boldin likes what he’s seen from rookie receiver Bruce Ellington, but he’ll have to hold off on his full assessment until training camp when the team puts on pads.
“You can’t really tell until you get int full gear about a guy’s toughness, as well as his mental toughness. But everything I see from him looks good, looks like a football player. I’m excited to see what he can bring to the table.”
Boldin has also been impressed with Michael Crabtree during the offseason.
“He’s a lot more explosive. You can see him being back to his old self. For him talking things slow, we want to make sure he goes into the season health. So, you can expect to see the old Crab.”
Finally, Boldin explained that he has no problem with Vernon Davis missing out on the team’s offseason program. As Boldin mentioned, all the practices were optional aside from the three-day mini-camp.
“If you don’t have to work are you going to go?”
“You have to worry about the guys who are here. You let those guys take care of business, they’re still you teammates.”
Still, he wouldn’t mind having the tight end back in the fold in Santa Clara.
“We would love to see him here during mandatory mini-camp, but you know that’s a decision that he made. So, that’s something that we all got to live with. But we like having hm around. We like him out here working.”