PITTSFORD -- The Buffalo Bills had much more in mind than just giving a boost to their wide-receiving corps with Monday's signing of Anquan Boldin.
"A good addition for our football team, a good addition for our organization," coach Sean McDermott said before Tuesday's training-camp practice at St. John Fisher College. "Anquan's a good football player, first and foremost. We all know what type of person he is. There's a reason he won the Walter Payton Man of the Year (award).
"I've been around a lot of good players in my career. Fortunately, I've also been around some good teams, and I know those good teams, one of the common denominators, if you will, are high-character individuals and leadership. And that's also a part of the acquisition of Anquan."
Boldin has been highly productive in 14 NFL seasons, including last year with the Detroit Lions. But the Bills expect his presence to be felt elsewhere.
"I feel really good about what he'll bring to the table on the field, but also feel strongly that he'll add value off the field, inside the meeting rooms, inside the locker room," McDermott said. "I've seen the benefit of that over the course of my career."
Boldin primarily has worked from the slot, but the coach wouldn't rule out using him outside.
"I don't want to just put any type of parameters on him at this time," McDermott said. "That is where he's done a lot of his work and had success. At the same time, we'll move him around and put him in position, just like the other players, to be successful. It's where he can help us. And if it's outside, it's outside. Certainly, if it's in the slot, it's in the slot."