Bolden and the Patriots agreed Saturday to a one-year, $880,000 contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Since going undrafted out of Mississippi in 2012, Bolden has spent all six of his NFL seasons in New England, though he's only logged 14 carries the past two years. Even with backfield mates Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee facing uncertain futures with the Patriots, Bolden likely won't be called upon to see an uptick in offensive snaps, as he was re-signed almost entirely for his strong work on special teams.
Bolden finished up the 2017 season with 13 carries for 67 yards and one catch for seven yards in 16 games. The 27-year-old has been with the Patriots since 2012, and he's managed to stick around that long thanks to his versatility and special-teams prowess. Bolden is slated to become a free agent this offseason, but it's not hard to imagine him re-signing with New England in order to reprise his current role with the team. Also in line to become free agents this offseason are fellow running backs Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead, but in any case, if Bolden is brought back by the Patriots, it would not be to compete for a starting slot.
Bolden carried nine times for 46 yards and caught one pass for seven yards in Sunday's 26-6 win over the Jets. With James White (ankle), Rex Burkhead (knee) and Mike Gillislee (knee) all inactive Sunday, Bolden saw work behind Dion Lewis in the Patriots' Week 17 offense. By the time the Patriots return to action following their first-round playoff bye, the team's backfield should be healthier, which will result in Bolden returning to his normal reserve RB/core special-teamer role.
With James White (ankle), Rex Burkhead (knee) and Mike Gillislee (knee) inactive Sunday, Bolden is in line to work behind Dion Lewis in Sunday's game against the Jets. Bolden earns his keep as a core special teams player, but he's in line to work in a complementary role behind Lewis on Sunday. It remains to be seen how extensive his workload will be, but Bolden can provide Lewis with breaks when he needs them in Week 17, plus he's a solid enough pass catcher to take on some some change-of-pace duty as well.
Bolden (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Bills. Bolden was limited in practice throughout the week but won't be limited in Sunday's game. The backup running back has just two rushes for one yard through 14 games this season. However, with Rex Burkhead (knee) and James White (ankle) out, Bolden could see a couple of touches behind Dion Lewis and Mike Gillislee.
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|6||10/15||Kansas City Chiefs||20||17.76|
|9||11/05||Green Bay Packers||16||17.38|
|12||11/25||@New York Jets||24||18.50|
|17||12/30||New York Jets||24||18.50|
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