Anquan Boldin assumes role as leader of Ravens wide receivers

Boldin is entering his 2nd season with the Ravens.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — As he prepares for his second season with the Baltimore Ravens, Anquan Boldin's responsibilities extend beyond merely catching passes from Joe Flacco.

When the Ravens cut wide receiver Derrick Mason and tight end Todd Heap last week, Boldin became the veteran of the receiving corps. With the exception of running back Ray Rice, no other player on the current roster had more than 11 catches last year with Baltimore.

That leaves the 30-year-old Boldin as the self-described "big brother" of the receiving corps. He is a teacher and a coach to rookie Torrey Smith, newcomer James Hardy and second-year tight end Ed Dickson.

Boldin laughingly insists he's been teaching on the field since his rookie year with Arizona. This year, however, he truly is the old man of the bunch.