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Brandon Bolden | Running Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/26/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: Mississippi
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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, it would leave just Stevan Ridley and perhaps UDFA Stephen Houston 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. Jul 10 - 8:33 AM

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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.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 09:05:00 PM

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.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 04:50:00 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 03:55:00 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 10:50:00 AM

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.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 04:50:00 PM

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.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 01:41:00 AM

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.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 07:29:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 08:09:00 PM

Brandon Bolden (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

The Pats are going to see how long they can go without listing Bolden as "full." New England's hurry-up/passing-down back is a low-end FLEX play for Week 9.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 04:30:00 PM

Brandon Bolden (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

As is the norm with Bolden. He's in zero danger of missing Week 9. With Shane Vereen (wrist) closing in on a return, Bolden's role could take a hit shortly.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 06:22:00 PM

Brandon Bolden rushed eight times for 22 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes for seven yards in the Patriots' Week 8 win over the Dolphins.

Role-player Bolden played his usual "passing-back" role against Miami, and executed a token goal-line carry for the second straight week. Bolden's flex-value window is about to slam shut with Shane Vereen due back from injured reserve/recall in Week 11, following New England's Week 10 bye. The Pats play the Steelers next. Bolden would be a weak flex play in that game.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 05:18:00 PM

Brandon Bolden (knee) is listed as questionable for Week 8 after a limited practice Friday.

Bolden is listed as questionable every week, and hasn't missed a game this year. He'll resume passing-down back duties on Sunday against the Dolphins.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 03:55:00 PM

Patriots RB Brandon Bolden (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

This is Bolden's routine. He'll be active as the Patriots' passing-down/hurry-up back against the Dolphins.
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Brandon Bolden (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Bolden will be listed as questionable before playing Sunday against the Dolphins. He'll continue to work as the passing-down back until Shane Vereen (wrist) gets back from short-term I.R. Bolden isn't a recommended flex play.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 07:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Ryan Mallett
3Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Stephen Houston
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Wilson Van Hooser
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Jeremy Gallon
5Derrick Johnson
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3D.J. Williams
4Nate Byham
5Asa Watson
K1Stephen Gostkowski