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Boldin Stepping Up as Ravens No. 1 Receiver

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After an up and down start to begin the 2011 season for the Baltimore Ravens, wide receiver, Anquan Boldin is starting to pick up his production and in a big way.

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In Sunday night’s game at Pittsburgh, against the league’s third-ranked pass defense, Boldin hauled in seven catches for 88 yards and was targeted 10 times.

On the Ravens game-winning 92-yard drive, Boldin caught four huge passes from quarterback Joe Flacco. Three of them extended the drive, resulting in first downs, including one on a fourth and one just outside Pittsburgh territory.

Over the past four games, the 2003 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, has averaged 8.5 receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown.

Through the Ravens first eight games of the season, Boldin has hauled in 41 receptions for 627 yards (15.3 per catch), while reaching the end zone twice. As it stands now, the ninth-year veteran is on pace to finish with 82 receptions for 1,254 yards and four touchdowns.

In his first season with the Ravens last year, Boldin finished with just 64 catches, (his lowest total since 2004 when he caught 56), and 837 yards, (his lowest total since 2007 when he had 853 yards).