He raved about the leadership
"I think we've got some guys that are real talented and I think that the good thing for them this year is that they got a chance to get in early and learn the offense. Unfortunately, last year we were going through the lockout, and those guys didn't get the same opportunity," said Boldin, who led the Ravens in receiving yards.
The Ravens averaged 213.9 passing yards per game in 2011, which ranked 19th in the
Now, young wide receivers
"You can have 10 guys doing the right thing, and if one guy messes up, it makes the entire offense look shabby," Boldin, who turns 32 in October, said. "So whenever you have guys that have worked together, know each other's strengths and weaknesses, know how to play off of each other, don't really have to communicate verbally, but know what the other one is doing, I think it makes the offense that much better."
Boldin hopes to make himself better this offseason, too.
He had 57 receptions last season, which was the second-lowest total of his career (he made 56 in 10 games in 2004). And after averaging nearly six and a half touchdowns a season, he had just three. But he also had bright spots, willing the Ravens to a comeback win over the
Boldin says he has watched "a lot of film" of himself from last season and has identified little things -- such as changing how he breaks out of certain routes -- that he can do to improve his game before the season starts.