"He sees the game through a quarterback's eyes," Cameron said of Boldin, who was the team's third quarterback last year. "It's like having another quarterback around you. He just knows football."

With the amount of inexperience in the passing game, Boldin also relishes the number of passes that will come his way this year.

Boldin didn't produce the numbers many expected after he was traded from the Arizona Cardinals last year. His 64 catches for 837 yards led the Ravens, but they were his fewest since an injury-filled 2004 season.

The Ravens should lean more on Boldin after losing five of their top seven pass catchers from 2010.

"I know why they brought me here," Boldin said. "I don't shy away from things like that."

Boldin and Flacco worked together last offseason, but Boldin thinks their chemistry grew during the season.

He now knows when Flacco is going to hold the ball and give him a little longer to get open or when Flacco is going to throw the ball to him right away.

"I think we're at the point where we're seeing the same things," Boldin said. "Right now, I think we're speaking an unspoken language. So, I definitely see us having a better year together."

Boldin is known as an intense competitor. In January 2009, a national television audience watched Boldin get into a heated argument with Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley during the NFC championship game because he was pulled out of a play on the eventual game-winning drive.

Then, last season, Boldin twice ripped into his teammates for playing poorly. He vented his frustration with halftime speeches in the locker rooms at Cincinnati and Atlanta.

His competitiveness even showed up at this year's training camp. After rolling his ankle on a play, Boldin was trying to get back on the field while temporarily limping.

"I'm here for one reason, and that's to win a Super Bowl," he said. "For me, it's even worse now being in the Super Bowl and losing it. I just want that opportunity again. That's why I came to Baltimore. I'm looking forward to getting back there and winning it this time."

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