Bolden left New England this offseason and followed former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to Las Vegas. McDaniels, now the head coach for the Raiders, will likely use Bolden in a similar fashion -- as an emergency option in his backfield. Bolden is not worth drafting in most Fantasy leagues. The Raiders have Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake atop the depth chart, and rookie Zamir White is also ahead of Bolden. But if needed, like he was in New England, Bolden could see the field and be a potential flex option in deeper leagues.
Bolden agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders on Wednesday, Vincent Bonsignore of The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Bolden will reunite in Las Vegas with new head coach Josh McDaniels, formerly the offensive coordinator of the Patriots. The 32-year-old was pressed into an expanded change-of-pace role last season after James White's season-ending hip injury and finished the campaign with 44 carries for 226 yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with 41 catches (on 49 targets) for 405 yards and two receiving scores in 17 games. With the Raiders, the versatile Bolden should handle a depth role behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake.
The Raiders are expected to sign Bolden on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Bolden was pressed into an expanded role with the Patriots last season after James White's season-ending hip injury in Week 3 created a change-of-pace void behind the team's top early-down options, Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson. With White having re-signed with New England, the versatile Bolden should handle a depth role for Las Vegas behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake.
Bolden finished the regular season with 44 carries for 226 yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with 41 catches (on 49 targets) for 405 yards and two receiving scores in 17 games. He added four receptions for 27 yards on six targets in last weekend's blowout loss to the Bills in the wild-card round. Bolden, a noted special-teams contributor in the past, moved into a larger role on offense after James White's season-ending hip injury in Week 3 created a need for a new pass-catching back. As the 2022 campaign approaches, Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson will reprise their roles a New England's top early-down options, while both White and Bolden are eligible for free agency this offseason.
Bolden carried the ball seven times for 46 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 20 yards and a second TD in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins. The veteran back wound up seeing extra touches after Rhamondre Stevenson exited the game for a stretch due to a head injury, and Bolden capitalized on the opportunity, leading the Patriots in rushing yards while scoring on a 15-yard run in the second quarter and an 18-yard reception in the fourth. He came into Week 18 with only one TD on the season, which he scored in late October, and he hadn't topped 60 scrimmage yards in a game since Week 10. Nonetheless, this performance could vault him into a bigger role in the offense in the postseason, beginning with Saturday's wild-card round matchup with the Bills.
Bolden logged 18 of a possible 72 snaps on offense in Sunday's 50-10 win over the Jaguars, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. While working in a change-of-pace role behind Damien Harris (hamstring) and Rhamondre Stevenson, Bolden carried just once for four yards and caught two of his three targets for 21 yards. As this weekend's game against the Dolphins approaches, Bolden profiles as fantasy dart in PPR formats, given his lack of steady volume of late.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@Los Angeles Chargers||28||20.65|
|5||10/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||10||15.10|
|8||10/30||@New Orleans Saints||2||13.18|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Chargers||28||20.65|
|14||12/08||@Los Angeles Rams||9||14.95|
|15||12/18||New England Patriots||20||17.22|
|17||01/01||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.60|
|18||01/08||Kansas City Chiefs||10||15.10|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||20||98||1||17||172||1||38|