Former Boise State wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn got the “Hard Knocks” spotlight on Tuesday night on HBO.
Boldewijn was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons, who have the HBO cameras in their training camp this year.
“They call me Amsterdam,” Boldewijn says.
Boldewijn is from Amsterdam. He came to America to play football at Capital High in Boise. He ended up staying for five more years to play for the Broncos.
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Now he’s trying to fit in the NFL.
“Trying to minimize my mental issues on the field,” he says.
The cameras show him failing to adjust his route, which leads to an incomplete pass.
“Amsterdam, what are you doing?” receivers coach Terry Robiskie says in film study.
“I don’t know,” Boldewijn responds. “I (messed) up.”
Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff then chimes in on Boldewijn.
“He’s raw. He knows he’s raw. We know he’s raw. There’s times he may take a ball right in his throat. We want to see that he can just stand back up, run another route, catch a ball to make a big play,” Dimitroff says.
Practice footage shows Boldewijn taking a pass almost in the throat and getting coached by other receivers. Then he makes a play in the end zone. Coach Mike Smith breaks down the play with Robiskie, then watches Boldewijn catch another throw, on his back shoulder, in the end zone from starting quarterback Matt Ryan.
“He keeps getting better,” Smith tells Robiskie.
Later, in a combined practice with the Houston Texans, Ryan lectures Boldewijn. Boldewijn apparently assumed that he wouldn’t get the ball and didn’t look at Ryan, who threw to him. But the fact that Boldewijn is getting reps with Ryan is a good sign about his chances to stay with the team.
The episode also shows Boldewijn making a phone call in his native language. And toward the end, he makes some nice plays in the first half of the exhibition game against the Texans.
Elsewhere, Shea McClellin is improving at linebacker.
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