Boldin could start for the Argos on Friday

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

D.J. Boldin's trusty hands may be needed sooner than even he thought necessary.

The rookie receiver, coming off a stunningly consistent training camp, spent the entire practice on Wednesday working among the offensive starters.

Non-import Spencer Watt, who is still listed as a starter on the Argos' depth chart at inside receiver for Friday's game in Calgary, is dealing with a bruised ankle that kept him out of practice Wednesday.

If he can't go, the rookie and younger brother of Baltimore Ravens' three-time Pro Bowl receiver Anquan Boldin will get the nod.

"D.J. is a solid receiver," Argos head coach Jim Barker said. "He catches everything. he's always in the right place and he's a great option for us.

"He's very conscientious about everything," Barker said. "He's tough. He doesn't shy away from balls over the middle and that's what you have to have."

Actually Barker used the phrase "he catches everything" twice in that response, but it barely registers because it's what everybody talks about when the rookie's name comes up.

From the Florida mini-camp to rookie camp and then training camp, if quarterbacks have thrown the ball in Boldin's direction only very rarely has it not been caught.

"Maybe four or five all camp," Barker said when asked how many passes towards Boldin he saw dropped. "Cope (Jeremaine Copeland) is best. I think he dropped two all camp, both on the same screen pass on the same day. D.J. is probably next in terms of fewest drops. He's got very sure hands which is a great quality to have in a slot receiver."

As far as Boldin is concerned, those sticky hands are his difference makers.

"I have a tenacity for the football," Boldin said. "It's what I thrive on. I'm not the fastest guy in the world but I think I have great body control. I have deceptive speed and I can put myself in position to make catches and I thrive on making catches. That's how I separate myself from other guys."

And while some siblings might tire of continually being asked about an older, more widely known big brother, it's the complete opposite for the younger Boldin.

"It never gets frustrating and I'll tell you why. It's because he is my biggest supporter. He is my best friend. He's my big brother, he has been a father figure to me and when I called him to tell him I made the team he was more excited than I was. When I called him and told him I would be starting this week he was even more excited."

So excited that the elder Boldin was ready to get on a plane and come north for the game until D.J. (short for Demir Javon) mentioned the first three Argos games are on the road and he would rather have him come up for the home opener.


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