Even though he'll take one of their jobs, Bills receivers happy Anquan Boldin is aboard - The Buffalo News

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Even though he'll take one of their jobs, Bills receivers happy Anquan Boldin is aboard

PITTSFORD – It's a good thing for Zay Jones that Anquan Boldin has a sense of humor.

"I was just talking to Anquan, and it’s funny because his rookie year in the league, I was only 6 years old," Jones, the Buffalo Bills' rookie wide receiver, said Tuesday. "It just shows the level of maturity, the experience, and the veteran in him."

Jones meant that in the most complimentary way possible, even if one could mistake it for good-natured ribbing. After signing Monday, the 36-year-old Boldin has now become the oldest player on Buffalo's roster.

"I played with Emmitt Smith my rookie year and I used to give him heat about having his rookie card," Boldin said, "so I guess it's just me getting it back."

Jones said Boldin "just laughed," at hearing how old the rookie was when the latter's professional career started.

"It's funny to really think about, because he played with my uncle, Jeff Blake, at the Cardinals," Jones said. "I knew of Anquan Boldin. I watched Anquan Boldin, have a lot of respect for him. It's just awesome having him in our room. Phenomenal player. In my opinion, going to be a Hall-of-Fame player."

Jones said Boldin has already started passing along lessons.

"He just told us you're not always going to feel the best in training camp. You're going to be sore sometimes," he said. "You have to press through and truly carry yourself like a professional. This just Day One with him, so fortunate to have some like that."

Jones said he wasn't disappointed that he might lose some first-team reps to Boldin – "our goal is to win," he said – but that is going to happen. As a second-round pick, Jones doesn't have much to worry about in terms of a roster spot, but that's not the case for those closer to the bottom of the depth chart.

Veteran Rod Streater, for example, is the type of player whose job got more difficult the moment the Bills signed Boldin. Streater, however, said he can't allow himself to look at it that way.

"I've got to continue to make plays," he said. "Control what you can control. That's all I can worry about. While Anquan is here, I'm going to learn from him. It's an advantage for me. I'm going to pick his brain and see how he's got this far.

"The guy's played 15 years. It aint by luck. So you can obviously learn a lot from him. He's still playing a high-caliber pace. It's great to have him here."

Cornerback Tre'Davious White, the team's first-round draft pick, has the locker next to Boldin's at camp.

"I watched him and Larry Fitzgerald together; those were a dynamic duo. I introduced myself, and I’m fortunate enough to have his locker right next to mine. I’m definitely going to be picking his brain," White said. "I hope game day his locker will be by mine, too. It’s definitely something that I do not take lightly, whenever I can get some tidbits, anything about what a receiver is thinking. It’s great to have a future Hall-of-Famer right next to me."

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