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RB Brandon Bolden - New England Patriots

5-11, 222Born: 1-26-1990College: MississippiDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Bolden was thought to have a good shot to replace Stevan Ridley as the power back for the Patriots, but for now, that honor appears to have gone to Jonas Gray. The Patriots backfield is always in motion, but Bolden is not a mover and shaker right now.

Week 8: vs Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Shane Vereen led the team in rushing (11/49/0 rushing) and receiving (eight targets for 5/71/2) last week during the narrow victory 27-25 over the Jets. Jonas Gray (3/12/0 rushing) is competing with Branden Bolden for touches in relief of Stevan Ridley (out for the season due to ACL/MCL torn ligaments). It appeared like Vereen will be the leader of this committee of backs going forwards - however, the Patriots are notorious for turning the 'hot hand' into their featured running back on any given Sunday. We'll see if Vereen remains the lead back during Week 8. The Bears' rush D ranks 14th in the NFL averaging 108.4 yards rushing allowed per game, with five rushing scores handed out so far. Miami had 33/137/1 rushing at Chicago last week - Atlanta managed just 13/42/0 rushing vs. the Bears two weeks ago. This unit has swung wildly from outstanding to sub-par over the last two weeks. Vereen and company may have found a new rhythm with Ridley out for the year - we'll see how they approach the mix at running back this weekend as they work through a neutral matchup against Chicago.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at KC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 vs CIN 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 at BUF 6 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs NYJ 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0
8 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds 2 * * 1 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 1 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs BUF (6 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Though the box score doesn't show it at all, Bolden didn't run terribly. Rather, the Patriots offensive line was beat on nearly every run play by the Bills front seven. Bolden saw run after Stevan Ridley went down with a potentially serious injury, and could be in line for more playing time if Ridley ends up missing time.


Latest News

Patriots | Brandon Bolden to be more involved? (Mon Oct 13, 06:06 PM) - New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden was the fill-in for RB Stevan Ridley (knee) in Week 6 as the 'big back.' Bolden has been a core special teams player this year, and something will have to give if he's to start being more of a factor at running back with Ridley out for the year. RB Jonas Gray could be promoted from the practice squad.

Our View: The Patriots need a large back to wear down opponents, and that's where Bolden comes in. We'll see more touches for Bolden, Vereen and maybe even rookie James White now that Ridley is done for the season.
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