In this 49ers news and rumors update, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh showed his mastery of the English language when talking about 12-year veteran WR Anquan Boldin on Thursday.
"Stalwart," Harbaugh offered, via ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.
After returning from a fractured face suffered on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Eric Smith in 2008, Boldin has morphed into one of the most dependable pass catchers in the game. This isn't lost on Harbaugh, who sees Boldin's eight catches for 99 yards on Sunday as emblematic of being a "stalwart."
What exactly is a "stalwart," anyways?
"Strong," Harbaugh said. "Brave. I know there are a lot of definitions. It's a medieval term, but I like all of the definitions. I like all of the words that define ‘stalwart.'"
That bravery and strength plays an integral part in the 49ers offense - especially as a counterbalance to the speed and finesse that is found elsewhere on the 49ers' offensive depth chart.
Case in point? 14 of Boldin's 22 routes on Sunday against the Cowboys came in the slot, as Harbaugh used the 6-foot-1, 22o-pound frame of his "stalwart" to force the issue as San Francisco marched downfield.
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