San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers last week.
The big, physical receiver has the ability to use his size to his advantage when going up against smaller defensive backs, and used that ability several times in week 1 to have a monster first game for the 49ers.
Boldin measures in at around 6’1” 220lbs, but this week he’ll face a cornerback of similar stature – Seattle’s All –Pro Richard Sherman.
Sherman sits at about 6’3” 195, and can play the aggressive game along with Boldin. Earlier this week, the 49ers standout receiver told the San Francisco Chronicle how he deals with more physical defensive backs.
“Just coming at them matching their intensity,” he said. “Being physical yourself. But I think you have to do what you do best. If you’re a smaller guy, use your quickness. If you’re a bigger guy, use your physicality.”
Richard Sherman is also ready to match the intensity, and talked about how he prepares himself for tough match-ups such as Boldin.
“He’s going to be pushing you and grabbing you. It’s going to be a physical battle so you have to prepare your mind and your body for that type of game,” Sherman said. “Because if you’re not prepared for that, then he’ll dominate like he did last game.”
Watch out for this duel on Sunday – if the talk manifests itself into play on the field it should be fun to observe. Certainly, both players seem to be ready for a tussle or two.