WR Anquan Boldin joins Bills for 15th National Football League season

Ruben Hill
August 8, 2017

The Bills run the ball more than anyone in the league, but Boldin's arrival will help make their offense a little less imbalanced and predictable. He visited the team's facility two weeks ago.

Watkins is the only regular who returns from last season. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound receiver caught 67 passes for 584 yards and scored eight touchdowns in his sole season in Detroit and should immediately elevate Buffalo's receiving corps.

Andre Holmes was penciled in as the Bills number two receiver heading into camp, but he caught just 14 passes for 126 yards as an Oakland Raider last season.

The Bills' receiving team already includes Sammy Watkins and Zay Jones. Boldin agreed to terms last week but backed out of the deal before deciding to join the Bills this week, sources told Schefter.

Outside of Watkins, Taylor had few proven options after Buffalo lost Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in free agency this offseason.

See how Twitter reacted to the news of Boldin's signing. The Arizona Cardinals selected him out of FSU in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft. The 36-year-old is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was the NFL's 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year award victor and ranks in the top 25 among several career categories.

He posted the ninth-highest wide receiver rating (114.0) among wideouts past year as well, catching 67 of 88 targets for 584 yards and eight scores, while just two passes thrown in his direction were intercepted.

Instead, Boldin will combine with former teammate and quarterback Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo where he'll likely be used in the same exact way. The Bills were now pairing oft-injured wideout Sammy Watkins with Zay Jones, a second-round draft pick from East Carolina, making for plenty of uncertainty at the top of the depth chart.

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