TORONTO - The Toronto Argonauts couldn’t get Anquan Boldin. They’re hoping they’ve got the next best thing to the veteran National Football League receiver.
The team signed Boldin’s younger brother, D.J., to a practice roster agreement and he showed up yesterday for his first workout.
“Honestly, I guess it was God,” said Boldin, when asked how he hooked up with the Argos. “I got cut by Montreal after (training camp and) was just working out at home when my agent called and said Toronto wanted me to come up.”
D.J. doesn’t have his brother’s pedigree or football credentials but he did play four seasons at Wake Forest. In his senior season in 2008 he was a first-team all-ACC selection with 81 catches and 848 yards.
He went undrafted, got cut from the Detroit Lions last year and then Montreal this year. But he’s a solid all-round athlete and although he’s unlikely to see playing time this season he’s hopeful of making a big enough impression to get invited to training camp next spring. “I’m not even close to giving up. I got plenty of years of football left in me,” said Boldin, who turns 25 next June. “I talk to (Anquan) all the time. He’s my mentor. My inspiration. When things don’t go so well he keeps my head up.”