Brandon Bolden RB NE 3 months ago

Bolden was on the field for 16 of the Patriots' 83 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, Bolden carried five times for 12 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 25-year-old Bolden finished up the 2015 regular season with 63 carries for 207 yards to go along with 19 catches for 180 yards and two TDs in 15 games. Bolden remains under contract with the Patriots in 2016, which puts him on track to reprise his role with the team next season as a versatile depth back, who is also a valuable special teams contributor.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 4 months ago

Bolden was on the field for 17 of the Patriots' 60 snaps on offense in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Dolphins, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Meanwhile, Steven Jackson was on the field for 24 snaps, while pass-catching back James White saw 23 snaps. Bolden did carry nine times for 31 yards in the game and caught two passes for five yards, but his reduced workload in the Patriots' offense Sunday corresponded to him playing a key role on special teams, something that will likely carry into the playoffs, with Jackson the prime candidate to see early-down work for the team on that front.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 4 months ago

ESPN's Mike Reiss relays that Bolden, who didn't play on special teams the last two weeks, worked on the Patriots' punt unit during warm-ups in advance of Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bolden is out there Sunday as an option to see some touches in the Patriots' backfield, but with pass-catching back James White on hand, and special teams duty potentially on tap for Bolden, we could see more of newcomer Steven Jackson in Week 17.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 4 months ago

Bolden was on the field for 27 of the Patriots' 56 snaps on offense in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Jets, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, Bolden ran a team-high nine times for 30 yards and caught five passes on seven targets for 30 yards.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The report adds that for the second week in a row, Bolden didn't see any special teams work because of his expanded role in the Patriots' backfield. Looking ahead to Week 17, Bolden should continue to work in a committee with pass-catching back James White (22 snaps Sunday) and newcomer Steven Jackson, who saw just nine snaps in his debut with the team, but could see his role increase in the coming weeks. It's an arrangement that hampers Bolden's fantasy ceiling in the Patriots' regular season finale.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 4 months ago

ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that the Patriots' signing of Steven Jackson will will allow the team to play Bolden "more on special teams, where he is most valuable."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bolden rushed 10 times for 36 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards during Sunday's win over the Titans, while newcomer Joey Iosefa led the team with 14 carries for 51 yards. Meanwhile, the addition of Jackson -- an experienced power back -- to the mix, appears to further hinder Bolden's fantasy upside down the stretch, though he retains plenty of utility to the Patriots, thanks to his versatility.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 4 months ago

Bolden rushed 10 times for 36 yards and caught two of three targets for 18 receiving yards during Sunday's win over the Titans.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Patriots split their running back snaps fairly evenly, with Bolden leading the way with 29, while James White was on the field for 23 and Joey Iosefa 19, according to ESPN.com. However, Bolden was the least productive of the trio, as White caught seven passes for 71 yards and a touchdown and Iosefa rushed 14 times for 51 yards, both team-highs. It won't get any better in Week 16, as the Patriots will face a Jets defense allowing the fewest rushing yards per game and have given up the fewest rushing touchdowns in the league this season.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 5 months ago

Bolden is in line for an expanded workload after LaGarrette Blount was ruled out for the season due to a hip injury.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Upon Blount's removal in the second quarter Sunday in Houston, Bolden took the reins of the backfield, for the most part, notching a season-high 16 rushes for 51 yards. Meanwhile, James White received a goal-line carry and fulfilled pass-catching duties with four receptions (on six targets) for 38 yards. The Patriots are notorious for building a game plan to suit that week's opponent, but with Blount joining Dion Lewis (knee) on the rehab trail, Bolden should become a more featured option in the offense.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 5 months ago

With LeGarrette Blount forced out by a hip injury, Bolden had a season-high 16 carries for 51 yards in Sunday's 27-6 win over the Texans.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Blount was removed in the second quarter, leaving Bolden to serve as the power back. Though he averaged just 3.2 yards per carry, Bolden did have a few impressive runs against a tough Houston defense. James White took his only carry for a two-yard touchdown on a draw play, adding four catches for 38 yards on six targets. According to Pro Football Focus, White played 27 of the 69 offensive snaps, compared to Bolden's 35. Bolden will likely take over Blount's role if the 250-pounder misses time beyond Sunday, but White might also get some extra work.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 5 months ago

Bolden, who ran three times for 22 yards in Sunday's 35-28 loss to the Eagles, was on the field for 19 of the Patriots' 89 snaps on offense in the game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bolden, who also caught one pass for two yards (on five targets) Sunday, was less of a factor in the Patriots' Week 13 game plan than either James White (51 snaps, 10 catches) or LeGarrette Blount (26 snaps, 13 carries). As long as White and Blount remain healthy, Bolden figures to be a hit-or-miss fantasy option, though an injury to either of the two could propel him to an increased role in the team's offense.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 5 months ago

Bolden caught all four of his targets for 81 yards and a touchdown, adding four carries for 11 yards in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Broncos.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bolden burnt Broncos linebacker Danny Trevatahan on a wheel route in the fourth quarter, turning it into a 63-yard touchdown after a pair of broken tackles. Despite the impressive stat line, Bolden actually played just 15 snaps, compared to 31 for James White and 27 for LeGarrette Blount, according to Pro Football Focus. Even if he earned himself a bit more playing time, Bolden probably won't get enough work to warrant ownership outside of extremely deep leagues. He'll face the Eagles in Week 13.