Brandon Bolden is expected to again be a reserve running back and play on special teams for the Patriots. He should not be drafted in any Fantasy leagues this year. Bolden had 24 total touches in 2019, his most work on offense since 2015. He doesn't touch the ball enough on offense to matter, and his role isn't expected to change this season, especially with Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris on the roster.
Bolden will opt out of the 2020 season, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. Bolden is one of five Patriots -- so far -- intending to skip the upcoming campaign. The 30-year-old running back has played 2,016 career snaps on special teams and only 806 on offense, so his absence won't demand much of an adjustment from offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Bolden finished the regular season with 15 carries for 68 yards and three touchdowns and nine catches on 11 targets for 111 yards and a receiving score over the course of 15 games. Bolden, who spent the previous season with the Dolphins, returned to the Patriots in 2019, reprising his role as a versatile backfield depth option and core special teamer. He's under contract with New England through the 2020 season and is thus slated to continue to work in the complementary role that he's handled capably since joining the franchise as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
Bolden scored a 10-yard touchdown on his only carry during Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Chiefs. With Sony Michel struggling early, Rex Burkhead and Bolden become more involved in the offense as the game progressed, and Bolden capitalized with his fourth TD of the season -- albeit his first since Week 6 -- on only 24 total touches. Despite his impressive efficiency when he gets a chance, the veteran back will probably remain primarily a special-teams contributor for the Pats over the final weeks of the season.
Bolden was on the field for just one snap on offense in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Texans. Bolden did see action on 23 special teams snaps Sunday and that's where he'll continue to make his biggest mark down the stretch, as long as fellow running backs Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead are available.
Bolden was on the field for seven of a possible 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 13-9 win over the Cowboys. Bolden, who had gone back-to-back games without a carry or catch, logged one rush in the one for 11 yards. His involvement in the Patriots' offense will remain limited as long as Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead are available, but Bolden does at least suit up on a weekly basis due to his special-teams prowess.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/27||Las Vegas Raiders||15||17.38|
|4||10/04||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|7||10/25||San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|9||11/10||@New York Jets||9||14.50|
|13||12/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||19||18.00|
|17||01/03||New York Jets||9||14.50|
|3 Year Avg||12||75||2||4||44||1||29|