Brandon Bolden RB NE 29 Days

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bolden carried six times for 10 yards in Sunday's 37-22 win over the Bills.

Bolden's numbers Sunday weren't eye-popping, but if teammate Stevan Ridley is forced to miss time due to his knee injury, Bolden could see added opportunities in the Patriots' offense in the coming weeks, along with Shane Vereen and James White.

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Bolden was on the field for 2-of-84 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Bolden ran just once for three yards in the game and remains decidedly behind both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen on the Patriots' RB depth chart.

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Bolden was on the field for 7-of-73 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over the Raiders, ESPN.com reports.

Bolden's main contributions of late have come on special teams, as he's clearly behind both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen in the Patriots' RB pecking order.

Brandon Bolden RB NE 2 Months

Bolden was on the field for 10-of-67 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over the Vikings, ESPN.com reports.

Bolden -- who had four carries for zero yards in the game -- is clearly behind both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen in the Patriots' running back pecking order, a reality that puts him an injury (to one of the team's top two backs) away from fantasy consideration.

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Bolden was on the field for 9-of-86 snaps on offense in Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, ESPN.com reports.

Bolden wound up with two carries for eight yards in the game, along with one catch for four yards. Bolden is behind both Shane Vereen (61 snaps) and Stevan Ridley (22 snaps) in the Patriots' RB pecking order, and ahead of rookie James White (inactive Sunday) for the time being, which limits his fantasy value.

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Bolden has retained his spot on the Patriots' roster, csnne.com reports.

With Jonas Gray and Roy Finch having been cut Saturday, Bolden will stick around as a reserve back in a backfield that also rosters Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and James White. Heading into the season, it's a scenario that puts Bolden a break or two away from fantasy lineup consideration.