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38 Brandon Bolden RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/220 | Birthdate: 1/26/1990 | Birthplace: Baton Rouge, LA, USA | Team: New England | College: Mississippi | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 5/1 | Average Draft Position: 183.00
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Patriots list inactives for last preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The following players will not suit up for the Patriots Thursday night against the Giants: Brandon Bolden, Michael Hoomanawanui, Jarod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower, Chris Martin, Dominique Easley, Sebastian Vollmer, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga.

Patriots to sit three offensive skill position players Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) The Patriots will be without the services of wide receiver Aaron Dobson, running back Brandon Bolden and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui Friday night at home against Carolina, per NESN Sports.

Brandon Bolden off to bad start in camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) The Boston Herald has noticed that Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has had two bad practices to begin training camp. He's fumbled twice and had a bad drop. Fumbles were a part of Bolden's rookie training camp as well. 

It's believed Bolden is in the running for the backup running downs job behind Stevan Ridley in camp, but if he keeps fumbling he could be released. 


Brandon Bolden in danger of getting cut


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Patriots running back Brandon Bolden is not projected to make the team, according to the Boston Globe. Bolden ran for 271 yards and three touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 152 yards last year.

But he's battled injuries and he lacks "top-end long speed to make big plays," the paper said.


How might the Patriots RBs shake out?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/24/2014) Stevan Ridley led all Patriots running backs in snaps played the last two seasons, but ESPN believes that nothing will be handed to him and he'll have to earn his keep this year. Additionally, ESPN thinks Ridley would not have led the backs in snaps had Shane Vereen stayed healthy for a full season. Vereen played nearly as many snaps as Ridley as it were. 

The belief from ESPN's Mike Reiss is that there will be a tandem situation "if everyone is healthy, with the numbers trending heavier toward Vereen."

Behind Ridley and Vereen are Brandon Bolden and rookie James White. Either one of them could earn decent playing time with a strong training camp and/or turnover issues from Ridley or Vereen. 

 


Patriots get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Patriots got several offensive contributions in their win over Baltimore. Among them, running back Brandon Bolden caught two passes for 16 yards and had a 6-yard run. Wideout Aaron Dobson hauled in one of four targets for 21 yards.

Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui added a 9-yard reception. They'll all face the Bills in Week 17. 


Patriots release Week 14 inactive list


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Wide receivers Kenbrell Thompkins (hip), Aaron Dobson (foot), tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee) and tackle Marcus Cannon (ankle) are four injured Patriots who have been ruled out for the Patriots Sunday against Cleveland.

The healthy inactives are linebacker Steve Beauharnais, defensive end Jake Bequette and running back Brandon Bolden.


Five Patriots probable for Week 14 game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) Five Patriots, including quarterback Tom Brady (shoulder) have been deemed probable for Sunday against Cleveland.

The others are wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin), running backs Brandon Bolden (not injury related) and Shane Vereen (wrist) and wideout Matthew Slater (wrist).


Brandon Bolden disappears to bench after getting early reps


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Patriots running back Brandon Bolden got the early work out of the backfield Sunday at Houston with Stevan Ridley a healthy scratch. However, Bolden hardly made an impact in a 34-31 win Week 13.

Bolden got the first carry of the game for New England and had three carries on the first two drives, but he would touch the ball just one more time as LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen got most of the work the rest of the way. 

Bolden finished with just three carries for 2 yards and had one catch for 18 yards. The Patriots host the Browns Week 14.


Brandon Bolden steps up with TD in OT win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2013) With Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount benched for fumbling, Patriots running back Brandon Bolden made the best out of his opportunity as he scored his third touchdown of the season during Sunday’s win over the Broncos in Week 12.

Bolden punched it in the end zone from 1-yard out in the opening drive of the second half. He also broke free for a 33-yard run in the second quarter for his longest gain of the night. He finished the game with 13 carries for a team-high 58 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and a touchdown in a 34-31 overtime victory.

Bolden has two touchdowns since Week 8. He will look to stay productive in Week 13 at Houston.

Shane Vereen jumps right into the fray


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2013) Patriots running back Shane Vereen, activated off short-term injured reserve Monday, is active against the Panthers. He has not played since breaking his wrist Week 1.

Vereen will step in as the passing-down back, as Brandon Bolden is inactive.


Patriots list Week 11 inactives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2013) The Patriots listed seven players as inactive for Monday Night Football: guard Chris Barker, defensive end Jake Bequette, running backs Leon Washington (ankle) and Brandon Bolden, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee) and safety Steve Gregory (finger).

Brandon Bolden's knee not an issue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2013) Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (knee) was removed from the injury report for Week 11 against the Panthers, a sign that he is not going to be limited in Monday's game. Bolden had been limited in practice Friday, but had no issues Saturday.

RB's return could provide 'relief' for Brandon Bolden


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) The return of Shane Vereen (wrist) is expected to provide a boost to the Patriots' backfield and help in more ways than expected. Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears told the Boston Globe running back Brandon Bolden (knee) has been playing hurt and could use some "relief."

Bolden carried the ball only three times Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh, but he averaged 12 yards per carry.


Brandon Bolden nearly scores in quiet Week 9


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Patriots running back Brandon Bolden nearly scored for the third straight game during Sunday’s contest against the Steelers in Week 9.

Bolden punched it in from 1-yard out with 4:24 remaining in the first quarter, but had his touchdown overturned by a replay review. He was only limited to three carries for 36 yards in a 55-31 win.

Bolden will get a bye next week before returning to action Week 11 against Carolina.

Can Brandon Bolden extend his TD streak?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2013) Patriots running back Brandon Bolden, who had two touchdowns last season, has scored in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. Can he go for a third straight against the Steelers at home in Week 9?

Chances are it's unlikely, although it does depend on his snaps. Head coach Bill Belichick used the team's top rusher, Stevan Ridley, sparingly. Ridley saw 20 of 65 snaps while Bolden saw 31 of 65 against the Dolphins in Week 8. Bolden only had 22 yards on the ground, so we don't expect that trend to continue.

The Steelers have allowed 121.9 yards per game on the ground this season, which could likely benefit for whichever back gets the most touches. Fantasy owners should consider Bolden a possible flex option in deeper formats heading into Week 9.

Patriots top receivers get probable tag for Week 9 game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Several key Patriots players appear set to play Sunday against Pittsburgh, including pass-catchers Danny Amendola (wrist), Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm, hamstring) and Julian Edelman (thigh). All have been deemed probable.

Also receiving that designation were running back Brandon Bolden (knee), offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (shoulder) and wide receiver Matthew Slater (wrist).


Brandon Bolden scores again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Patriots running back Brandon Bolden didn't have a huge amount of success in Week 8 against the Dolphins, but he found the end zone once in a 27-17 win.

Bolden carried the ball eight times for 22 yards to finished third on the team, but he received some goal-line work when the team got close in the third quarter. He scored on a 2-yard touchdown, the second game in a row he has found the end zone. Bolden added two catches for 7 yards.

Bolden has remained productive even in his pretty limited role this season, and will look to keep that up in Week 9 against the Steelers. 


Brandon Bolden takes the field


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (knee) is in uniform for Week 8 against the Dolphins, despite being listed on the injury report as questionable for Sunday's game. 

Seven questionable for Patriots in Week 8


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) The Patriots have deemed seven players who were limited in practice throughout the week as questionable for Sunday against the Dolphins.

They are wide receivers Danny Amendola (concussion/groin) and Julian Edelman (thigh), tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), running back Brandon Bolden (knee), offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (shoulder) and defensive backs Aqib Talib (hip) and Tavon Wilson (hamstring).


Brandon Bolden faces solid matchup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has just three catches over the last three games, but he could find room to make plays out of the backfield in Week 8 against the Dolphins.

Miami has been gashed by opposing running backs this season to the tune of 21.3 Fantasy points per game, and they have especially struggled at stopping them in the passing game. Backs are averaging 6.7 catches for 61 yards against the Dolphins, so this matchup could work well for Bolden in his limited role.

Our Jamey Eisenberg considers Bolden to be a decent sleeper in Week 8, and our experts have him ranked 32nd among running backs on average. That makes him a decent flex option, especially in PPR formats for Week 8. 


Brandon Bolden scores a Week 7 touchdown


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2013) Patriots running back Brandon Bolden carried the ball eight times for 36 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Jets. It was Bolden's first touchdown on the season, and the eight carries were his most this year. Bolden also caught a pass for seven yards. 

Bolden had most of the early-game work for the Patriots, with three carries by the end of the first quarter (to zero for Stevan Ridley). He was stuffed on a goal-line run in the first, then given the next opportunity and scored. By the end of the game, Bolden only had three fewer carries than Ridley, the presumed starter. 

The 36 rushing yards were the second-most for Bolden this season. 

The Pats return home to face the Dolphins in Week 8. 


Brandon Bolden active Sunday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2013) Despite being listed as questionable Friday with a knee injury that limited his practice time Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Patriots running back Brandon Bolden is active for Week 7 at the Jets. He's expected to split time with Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount in the backfield.

Patriots dealing with injuries to role players


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) The Patriots lengthy injury report for Week 7 against the Jets features a number of offensive role players who might have to sit out Sunday's game. Running back Brandon Bolden (knee), tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), and wide receiver Matthew Slater (wrist) are among those listed as questionable after being limited throughout the week in practice.  

Brandon Bolden a deep league option


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/17/2013) Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has eight receptions over his last two games, and five carries in each. But the Pats face off against a tough Jets run defense in Week 7, and with Stevan Ridley having a big Week 6, Bolden's value may plateau. 

Bolden has marginal value in PPR leagues, where he can act as a pass-catching complement to Ridley, but his ceiling in standard leagues may be about 3-4 Fantasy points. The Jets have only allowed one opposing back to ring up more than 25 receiving yards this season (Fred Jackson in Week 3). 

In deeper leagues, Bolden may be worth a start. But in formats of 14 or fewer teams, he's probably best left on the bench.