Boldin takes in first practice with Buffalo Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — A day after being signed by the Buffalo Bills, wide receiver Anquon Boldin was at St. John Fisher practicing. 

Boldin, who was retired at the end of last season said he missed football and couldn’t pass up an opportunity with the Bills.

“For me, I still have a passion to play football,” the Super Bowl champion said. “Coming here to Buffalo, I’ve seen how excited the fans are and how into football they are. I love the culture that’s around here. I know some guys that are on this team. I know where their hearts are [and] how they view football so I felt like this was a good place for me to be.”

Starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor expressed his excitement for the veteran target to be in the lineup.

“He is still a great route runner,” said Taylor “Of course, a guy that has strong hands – [he] was able to display that in a couple one-on-one periods and in team periods. Just a natural catcher in traffic so I think [we’re] definitely excited to have him [as] a part of this team. I know what he brings leadership-wise and as far as a player. He definitely brings a lot to the table and I’m excited to have him on board.”

Coming from the Detroit Lions, Boldin scored eight touchdowns and had 67 receptions during his last season with the team.

Previously, Boldin also played for the Baltimore Ravens with current Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Taylor said Boldin knows what it takes to be a professional, and that he brings leadership to the group of wide receivers.

“The last time I threw to Anquan, I was warming him up for the Super Bowl,” Taylor said.

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On Tuesday morning, Bills coach Sean McDermott said Boldin is a good player and person.

“I’ve been around a lot of good teams and a common trait is leadership,” he said.

McDermott believes Boldin will be a great influence in the wide receiver room.

Hear what Bills General Manager Brandon Beane had to say about the new signing in the video at the top of the article. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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