Brandon Bolden RB NE 3 days ago

Bolden had five carries for 12 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 8 months ago

Bolden signed a two-year, $2.32 million extension with the Patriots on Friday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Bolden's role in the running game decreased this season, but as one of the key members of the Patriots' special teams units, there was plenty incentive for the team to retain him. Keeping Bolden in the fold also affords the Patriots some insurance in the backfield for the next two seasons, as Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are set to become free agents this summer.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 8 months ago

Bolden carried five times for 32 yards in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets.

With LeGarrette Blount out, Bolden saw some added work Sunday after not logging a snap in Week 15, but with Shane Vereen and Jonas Gray also in the team's backfield mix, Bolden's fantasy upside is capped as long as the Patriots have something to play for next weekend.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 8 months ago

Bolden did not log a snap on offense in Sunday's win over the Dolphins, reports.

At this stage, it figures to take an injury to either Shane Vereen, Jonas Gray or LeGarrette Blount to occur in order for Bolden to be much of a factor in the Patriots' offense.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 9 months ago

Bolden logged just one snap on offense in Sunday's win over the Chargers, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

After scoring his first TD of the season in Week 13, Bolden took a back seat to both Shane Vereen (34 snaps) and LeGarrette Blount (30 snaps) on Sunday. That's not likely to change as long as the aforementioned duo remains healthy and the Patriots have something to play for.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 9 months ago

Bolden had three carries for 17 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-21 loss at Green Bay. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, Bolden was third among Patriots' running backs with eight unofficial snaps.

Bolden made the most of his limited time on the field, ripping off a 12-yard run in the first half, while also scoring a six-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. It was the first time Bolden carried the ball since Oct. 12. Meanwhile, LeGarrette Blount led the team with 10 carries for 58 yards and Jonas Gray had just one rush for four yards. It appears as though Bolden has passed Gray on the depth chart, but trying to predict what the Patriots will do in their backfield on any given week is a fool's errand. Therefore, it wouldn't be prudent to rush to the waiver wire to grab Bolden, unless your league is deep and/or you're desperate at the RB position. In any event, Bolden and the Patriots will play at San Diego in Week 14.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 10 months ago

Bolden did not see any snaps on offense in Sunday's win over the Bears, reports.

Bolden did see work on special teams Sunday, but in the absence of Stevan Ridley, the Patriots have turned to Jonas Gray rather than Bolden as their preferred option to handle the heavy lifting in the New England backfield in tandem with Shane Vereen.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 10 months ago4 Comments

Bolden had one reception for four yards in Thursday's 27-25 win over the Jets.

Bolden played fewer snaps than Jonas Gray, who finished with three carries for 12 yards. Both backs were merely in the game's periphery, while Shane Vereen played a starring role with 114 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns on 16 touches. It won't be surprising if Gray and/or Bolden are a bit more involved next week against the Bears, but Vereen will likely again get most of the touches. In addition to his typical work in passing formations, Vereen got all of the touches near the goal line Thursday night, and was also used to kill the clock on the Patriots' final drive.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 10 months ago

With Stevan Ridley out for the season and James White inactive, Bolden is in line to work in tandem with Shane Vereen and Jonas Gray in the Patriots' backfield Thursday night against the Jets.

A committee approach Thursday is a plausible outcome, with Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald suggesting the team may be inclined to ride the hot hand, should one emerge. The 5-11, 220-pound Bolden figures to see his share of early-down work Thursday, but Vereen (in addition to his pass-catching role) and the 5-10, 230-pound Gray could factor in as well, making either of the trio a speculative play in Week 7.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 11 months ago7 Comments

With Stevan Ridley out for the season, Bolden figures to see added opportunities in the Patriots' offense in the coming weeks.

With Ridley no longer in the mix, ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that the Patriots figure to employ a combo of Shane Vereen, James White and Bolden, beginning Thursday against the Jets. At 5-11, 220 pounds, Bolden, a key special-teamer, is the biggest back of the bunch, thus making him a candidate to absorb some of the heavy lifting in the team's backfield, but with a committee approach very plausible, he's not necessarily a plug-and-play fantasy option. Bolden is, nonetheless, worth a speculative pickup to see how this situation plays out.