NFL News of September 7, 2003

Charles Rogers made an impact in his first game. Anquan Boldin made history.

Boldin, Arizona’s second-round draft pick, set an NFL record for receiving yards for a rookie in his debut.

Boldin, who was drafted out of Florida State 52 picks after Rogers went second overall, caught 10 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Five of his 10 catches were for 20 yard or more, including a 71-yard touchdown that gave Arizona a 21-14 lead in the third quarter.

“Anquan is a special player,” Arizona coach Dave McGinnis said. “Anquan Boldin is a clutch player. He’s a big-time playmaker and he’s going to be a very good football player for us.”

…Besides setting an NFL record for a rookie debut, Boldin also had the second-best receiving performance in Cardinals history. Only Sonny Randle, who caught 16 passes for 256 yards in 1962, did better. It was the first time a Cardinal had 200 yards receiving since rookie Jackie Smith had 212 yards in 1963.

Boldin’s performance marked first time the Lions had given up 200 yards to a receiver since Steve Largent had 261 on Oct. 18, 1987.

—George Sipple, The Detroit Free Press “Cardinals’ Boldin grabs a little history in debut”

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