Brandon Bolden RB NE 5 Days

Bolden gained 21 yards on three carries in Friday's preseason game against the Eagles.

James White has received all the hype as the potential third piece in a three-headed backfield, but Bolden is still worth keeping an eye on. Not only is White a rookie, but the Patriots are notoriously unpredictable when it comes to running back usage, and coach Bill Belichick doesn't seem to fully trust Stevan Ridley, who had fumbling problems last season. While he probably won't do much unless there's an injury or two in front of him, Bolden can't be entirely counted out. On the other hand, he's likely on the roster bubble, and may not even be with the Patriots come Week 1.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 1 Month

The Boston Globe's Erik Frenz does not believe Patriots RB Brandon Bolden will make the team.

Though used primarily in the passing game while Shane Vereen was injured last season, Bolden has the size and running style to play the "big back" role in the Patriots' offense. If Bolden is cut, that would leave just Stevan Ridley to fill that role. In addition to Ridley and Vereen, Frenz believes FB James Devlin and rookies James White and Roy Finch will crack the final roster.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 8 Months

Filling in for an injured Shane Vereen (groin), Brandon Bolden rushed once for six yards in New England's Week 16 win over the Ravens, adding two catches for an additional six yards.

The touches were Bolden's first since Week 13. Bolden will get some run in Week 17 if Vereen isn't ready to go, but won't be a viable option in daily leagues.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 8 Months

Brandon Bolden was held without a touch in New England's Week 15 loss to the Dolphins.

Bolden last touched the ball in Week 13. He's off the radar in all formats of fantasy.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 9 Months

Brandon Bolden's absence from Patriots practice Friday was described as "not injury related."

It doesn't sound like Bolden is in danger of missing Sunday's tilt with the Browns, though he hasn't been much of a factor in New England's offense lately. He managed 20 yards on four touches in last week's win over the Texans.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 9 Months

Brandon Bolden (undisclosed) did not practice Friday.

Bolden wasn't part of the injury reports on Wednesday or Thursday, so he may have suffered an injury at the end of yesterday's session or woke up with an ailment. LeGarrette Blount is the new lead back in New England. But if Bolden is forced to miss, Stevan Ridley could find himself active.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 9 Months

Brandon Bolden rushed three times for two yards in New England's Week 13 win over the Texans, adding an 18-yard catch.

Fumblin' Stevan Ridley was a healthy scratch, but Fumblin' LeGarrette Blount surprisingly ran ahead of Bolden in Ridley's absence. Both Ridley and Blount were benched in last week's win. There's no telling how things might unfold in Week 14, leaving Bolden as a nonentity for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 9 Months

Brandon Bolden rushed 13 times for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 12 win over the Broncos.

Bolden was a healthy inactive last week, but took over as the primary early-down back with Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount fumbling in the first quarter. He added one catch for 11 yards and converted on a goal-line carry for his only touchdown of the night. Shane Vereen out-touched Bolden and was the preferred back in all passing situations. Bolden is worth targeting on the waiver-wire until the Patriots running back situation works itself out.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 9 Months

Brandon Bolden is a healthy inactive for Monday night's Week 11 game against the Panthers.

Bolden wasn't on the injury report this week, for what seems to be the first time all season. But with Shane Vereen back in the mix as the passing-down back, Bolden's role has evaporated and he'll be in sweatpants on the sideline. Also inactive for the Patriots are G Chris Barker, LB Steve Beauharnais, DE Jake Bequette, S Steve Gregory, CB Alfonzo Dennard, and RB Leon Washington. Dennard has a knee injury. Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce are both active.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 10 Months

Brandon Bolden rushed three times for 36 yards in Sunday's Week 9 win over the Steelers.

Once again, Bolden was the passing back and every-down player in the two-minute drill. That's a job that will go to Shane Vereen following the Week 10 bye. Bolden can safely be dropped across the board.