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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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Brandon Bolden rushed three times for 17 yards and a touchdown in New England's Week 13 loss to the Packers.
The score was Bolden's first of the season. Running as the Pats' No. 2 "big back" behind LeGarrette Blount — and ahead of Jonas Gray — Bolden broke an impressive amount of tackles on his three rushes. Despite the nice day, Bolden remains best quarantined to the waiver wire in fantasy leagues. Nov 30 - 8:09 PM

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Brandon Bolden didn't touch the ball in New England's Week 8 win over the Bears.

Bolden now has one touch in two games since Stevan Ridley was lost for the season. He's running behind Shane Vereen, Jonas Gray and James White. Coach Bill Belichick mixes up his running-back rotation from week to week, but it's hard to see Bolden coming into 12-14 team league value.
Oct 26 - 6:33 PM

Brandon Bolden was held without a rushing attempt in New England's Week 7 win over the Jets, catching his lone target in the passing game for four yards.

That will leave a mark if you started Bolden in your daily league. Bolden didn't play a single snap in the first half, and was clearly behind Jonas Gray as the Pats' "big back." Of course, neither runner was a part of the game plan, as Shane Vereen gobbled up 17 of the Pats' 20 running back touches. New England's backfield usage can change week to week, but at best, Bolden should be the final player on your bench in 12-14 team leagues.
Oct 17 - 12:46 AM

Brandon Bolden is tentatively expected to start in the Stevan Ridley role Thursday night.

Beat writer Jeff Howe expects a rotation between Bolden, James White and Shane Vereen, with the Patriots riding a hot hand. Vereen is obviously the safest bet as we know his passing back role is intact and the Patriots have used him in some short-yardage situations before. Bolden is a desperation roll of the dice until we get some more clarity here.
Oct 16 - 9:35 AM

ESPN Boston notes that Brandon Bolden is a core special teamer for the Patriots.

With Stevan Ridley (knee) possibly out for the season, many will assume Bolden will simply step into the big back role. Beat writer Mike Reiss isn't so sure, noting that Bolden already has a lot of responsibility as part of all four special teams units. We'd expect James White, Bolden and maybe even practice squadder Jonas Gray to share Ridley's touches, leaving none with very much upside. As usual, week-to-week predictability in New England's backfield will be impossible.
Source: ESPN Boston
Oct 13 - 12:10 PM

Brandon Bolden had six carries for 10 yards in Week 6 against the Bills.

Bolden was the Patriots' early down back after Stevan Ridley left with a knee injury. Ridley is potentially dealing with a torn ACL, which would sideline him for the rest of the season. Bolden could see the majority of Ridley's snaps going forward. Rookie James White could be also be worth a speculative add.
Oct 12 - 6:47 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Garrett Gilbert
RB1Shane Vereen
2LeGarrette Blount
3Jonas Gray
4Brandon Bolden
5James White
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
4Steve Maneri
K1Stephen Gostkowski