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Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: Boldin adds vital WR depth

Anquan Boldin turns 37 in October. There's no telling how much the veteran wideout, who's ninth in NFL career receptions with 1,076, has left in the tank. But Boldin is a solid signing for the Bills, who have a crying need for experienced help at wide receiver.

Rookie Zay Jones shows promise and Rod Streater is having a fine camp. But there's no proven commodity behind Sammy Watkins. It's a leap to assume a rookie can step right in and produce. Even if he's nominally the No. 3, Boldin will provide vital depth to the wideout corps.

Bills sign veteran receiver Anquan Boldin

Watkins should be thrilled. He and his agent can't have been happy to see him surrounded by a thin supporting cast in a contract year. Boldin will draw some attention from Sammy. He can also be a mentor to the young wideout -- and to Zay Jones.

Tyrod Taylor has to be encouraged. Boldin is a solid red-zone target who had eight TDs last year and was a key part of Detroit's NFL record eight fourth-quarter comebacks. One of the justified knocks on Taylor is that he rarely leads the Bills from behind.

Boldin might be nearing the end. But you can bet Taylor will be looking his way when the Bills near the end zone.

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