BALTIMORE – Anquan Boldin, one of the Ravens’ heroes of their Super Bowl XLVII victory over the 49ers, returned to his former home on Thursday without a whole lot of fanfare.
Boldin played seven snaps with the 49ers’ starting unit. He saw no passes thrown his way in the Ravens’ 23-3 victory over the the 49ers in the exhibition opener for both teams.
“It’s the preseason,” Boldin said. “It’s no big deal. I only played a couple of plays any way.”
Boldin was traded to the 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick during the 2013 offseason. On Thursday, he had a message for his Baltimore fans.
“I just want to say ‘thank you’ for the time I spent here and the support they’ve given me,” Boldin said. “And even after I left, it’s been nothing but love. So thank you.”
In Boldin’s first year in San Francisco, he produced the 49ers’ most receiving yards since Terrell Owens in 2002. He caught 85 passes for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns. And the 12th-year NFL veteran said he is ready to go this season, too.
“I’m good,” Boldin said. “I’m healthy, which is the most important thing at this point. I’m just working hard, getting ready for the season, and just taking it a day at a time at this point.”