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Anquan Boldin encouraged by 49ers' offensive speed

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers believe some of their problems offensively a year ago stemmed from the team's inability to get out of the huddle quickly. Veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin doesn't think that will be an issue for the club in 2015.

Boldin said Wednesday that new offensive coordinator Geep Chryst has installed a system that emphasizes speed and tempo at every corner, from the route running to getting to the line of scrimmage. The hope is that those extra few seconds the team saves will enable quarterback Colin Kaepernick to get a better idea of what defenses are doing.

"It can make a lot of difference," Boldin said. "It allows Kaep to see exactly what the defense is trying to give us. If you get to the line with enough time, you can check off and get into better plays if need be."

That was a critical stumbling block for the 49ers last season. San Francisco led the NFL with nine delay-of-game penalties. Six were called on Kaepernick, with three coming against former punter Andy Lee.

Chryst, who replaced former offensive coordinator Greg Roman, has simplified the play-calling in order to help the offense get out of the huddle more quickly.

"It allows us to put more pressure on the defense," Kaepernick said. "Going along with that is cleaning up a lot of the offense so we aren't in the huddle as long. We do a lot of studying during the week to make sure you know what the defense is doing and how they're going to react to things. That gives you the ability to go up there and use that information."

Boldin welcomes the change of pace offense.

"It's not as much verbage as it has been in past years," Boldin said. "That's a little different. We want to be up-tempo, we want to put pressure on the defense."

San Francisco's upgraded speed isn't just in the playbook. Boldin says the 49ers are quicker across the board, which should help open up the offense more.

"Just looking at practice yesterday, you see not only Torrey [Smith] but a guy like Jerome Simpson," Boldin said. "You've got Vernon [Davis] ... these guys are flying around. You definitely see a lot more speed on the outside."

The 34-year-old Boldin has put up consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with the 49ers and has caught 168 passes over the past two years. He led San Francisco in both receptions and receiving yardage in 2014.

Entering the final year of his contract, Boldin doesn't seem too concerned whether the team will offer him an extension. Boldin said he's prepared to play the season out and go from there.

"I'm not one of those guys that I need that," Boldin said. "I'm going to play this year and we'll see where we're at. It's not a big deal to me. They know where my heart is and I know the same with the organization."