Note: Each day during camp, we’ll take a look at one of the former Boise State football players in the NFL. The full list is here.
Wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn might be the latest undrafted Boise State player to make it in the NFL.
Boldewijn, who came over from Amsterdam to play high school football at Capital High, has impressed coaches and teammates so far in training camp with the Atlanta Falcons.
“He’s the one guy that I will say has been impressive for us,” receivers coach Terry Robiskie told the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscription required).
Boldewijn benefited from the absence for part of the offseason of star receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones. That gave him more chances to show coaches what he could do.
“For the first couple of practices and weeks, and again I’m talking about in the OTAs, he thought he was still playing at Boise,” Robiskie told the AJC. “Then over the summer, he went home and ran and trained and got in shape. He’s a guy that every day when I put him in, I really stop to focus and watch him because he’s got a chance to do something.”
Boldewijn told the newspaper that he still sometimes thinks, “I can’t believe I’m just in the same meeting room with those guys.”
Boldewijn’s story could become part of the Falcons’ appearance on HBO’s popular “Hard Knocks” series. He made an appearance at the end of the season premiere when he dropped a potential touchdown pass in a scrimmage.
White turned to the camera on the sideline and provided his own analysis.
“That’s the difference between eating steak and eating Kentucky Fried Chicken right there,” he said. “You catch that, you eat steak. You drop that, you’re going to keep eating Kentucky Fried Chicken.”
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