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Ravens were unable to adequately replace Anquan Boldin
Ravens were unable to adequately replace Anquan Boldin

The Ravens' decision to trade veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin for a sixth-round draft pick in March following a contract dispute may have hindered the team's ability to defend its Super Bowl title. As Boldin thrived with the San Francisco 49ers this season -- finishing with 85 receptions for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns -- the Ravens were simply unable to replace his physical presence outside. Combined with a serious hip injury for tight end Dennis Pitta and not having Boldin, the Ravens didn't have a downfield target who could regularly make the contested catches that helped quarterback Joe Flacco thrive in the postseason last season, when he threw 11 touchdown...

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