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Draft Scout Brandon Bolden News
06/17/15 - RB Brandon Bolden was primarily a special teams player and fill-in during his first three seasons as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots.
But with Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen gone and LeGarrette Blount suspended for the season opener, there are a lot of offensive reps up for grabs in the backfield this summer.
Some of those could go to second-year back James White or free-agent addition Travaris Cadet. Deon Lewis is another option as a diminutive back on passing downs.
But it just might be Bolden, a longtime favorite of the New England coaching staff who steps up to fill the void. He has shown unique skills while serving as a season-long backup to Blount that make him an option in the passing game or pretty much anything else.
"He plays on all four downs," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said after Wednesday's workout during the second of three days of mandatory minicamp. "He's a good early-down back, he's a good third-down back and he's a good fourth-down back.
"(He's) one of our best special teams players, certainly one of our best offensive special teams players along with (Matthew) Slater. So, yeah, he's a very valuable guy, fills a lot of roles, smart, doesn't need a lot of reps, and he's got a lot of experience."
Not surprising for a guy who has so endeared himself to the hard-to-please Belichick, Bolden wasn't all that talkative when asked about the possibility of expanding his role. He's looking to, as Belichick might advise, simply to do his job.
"Whatever they call me to do. I'm just excited to play football," Bolden said. "Reps or no reps. Special teams or offense. I just want to play football.
"I'm just here to do whatever they tell me to do. If they want me to do first and second down, I can. Third down. I can. I've been doing fourth down on special teams. Like coach always says -- the more you can do. I work at all phases of the game as much as I can."
Whether Bolden wants to admit it or not,
08/29/14 - RB Brandon Bolden did not make the trip to New York to take on the Giants in the preseason finale, missing his second straight exhibition game and third of the summer for unknown reasons. The third-year back is hanging onto to his spot by a thread at this point leading up to the 53-man cutdown.
08/24/14 - RB Brandon Bolden did not play or dress against Carolina in the third week of the preseason. The third-year running back has battled injuries off and on all summer and spring, having missed time to an ankle injury. He had made his preseason debut in the second week of preseason action against the Eagles and the reason for his absence against the Panthers is unknown.
08/11/14 - RB Brandon Bolden returned to the practice field for the first time in more than a week on Aug. 10, having missed the preseason opener as well.
08/05/14 - RB Brandon Bolden was absent from the practice fields in Richmond, continuing to miss time with an unknown injury.