3:56-Hear today’s press conference with Anquan Boldin, Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh NOW in the Audio Vault at WNST.net! Highlights will be available shortly via WNSTv.
3:23-We are finally underway, here are some highlights:
-The press conference started with Harbaugh, Ozzie and Anquan holding a purple #81 jersey. Obviously something has been worked out with Marcus Smith.
-Ozzie: “When Anquan came out in the draft, he was the subject of a lot of discussion in our war room. I think I made a mistake” by not selecting him.
-Harbaugh: “We think (Anquan) fits our football team.”
-Boldin: “This is definitely a welcome change for me.” I’ve been “chomping at the bit to become a Baltimore Raven.” “This is a place that fits me.”
-Boldin: “I feel like I have” a chance to win Super Bowl in Baltimore.
-Boldin: Blocking is “something I take pride in.”
-Boldin: Coming back from brutal hit against Jets wasn’t “anything special.”
-Boldin was attracted by “passion” of players, fans in Baltimore.
-Boldin says move not influenced by retirement of Kurt Warner, as he also had “strong relationship” with Matt Leinart
-Boldin: Ravens running offense is “unbelievable.”
-Boldin: “I’m seeking a little revenge on Pittsburgh.”
-Boldin downplayed spat with Todd Haley in 2009 NFC Championship Game…”that happens all the time in the NFL.”
-Harbaugh joked that Cam Cameron might figure out a way to take advantage of Boldin’s QB background.
-Newsome said “measurables” were why Ravens didn’t draft Boldin originally. “I got blinded.”
-Newsome on Derrick Mason: “We are always looking to add good football players to our team…I would never close the door” on him.
2:43-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome will shortly introduce new Baltimore Ravens WR Anquan Boldin, who was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals last Friday.
The press conference was scheduled for 2pm but pushed back until 3. Although no reason was given, I was assured that it wasn’t like the press conference that was canceled in the Ravens’ early years when the team learned that Brock Marion hadn’t passed his physical.
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