Bolden was on the field for 24 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in Sunday's 25-22 win over the Texans, en route to carrying twice for 25 yards and catching all four of his targets for six yards, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
When lead back Damien Harris was forced out of the contest with chest and rib issues, it was rookie Rhamondre Stevenson (22 snaps, 11 carries for 23 yards), who handled the bulk of the team's early-down work. Aside from a 24-yard run, Bolden didn't do much with his Week 5 touches, but it does appear as though he's settled into a steady change-of-pace role with James White (hip) on IR. That context puts him on the fantasy radar in deeper PPR formats.
Bolden was on the field for 19 of 59 snaps on offense in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Buccaneers, carrying the ball once for zero yards and catching all six of his targets for 51 yards, NESN's Zack Cox reports.
Meanwhile, lead back Damien Harris logged 36 snaps, four carries and two catches in the contest, while J.J. Taylor was out there for four snaps, recording one carry, one catch and a fumble. In a game where the Patriots leaned heavily on the short passing game, the team's running backs accounted for just six carries. That's not a pattern that's likely to continue in Week 5 versus the Texans, but what can be gleaned from Sunday's box score is that for now at least, Bolden is the player who the team is primarily counting on to fill the void created by the absence of James White, who is on IR with a hip injury. Heading into Week 4, there was speculation that Taylor could see his profile in the offense expand, but his costly lost fumble in Tampa Bay territory Sunday doesn't figure to help his chances of supplanting Bolden in the short term.
With James White (hip) expected to miss the rest of the season, Bolden is a candidate to see added work in the Patriots offense, Matt Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
When White suffered his injury Week 3, it was Bolden who absorbed the bulk of the Patriots' change-of-pace snaps, with his experience and ability in pass-protection giving him the edge as a short-term fill-in. However, in the coming weeks we'd expect both J.J. Taylor and Rhamondre Stevenson to have an opportunity to log extra snaps as well, especially if one or both can prove capable of handling blocking assignments. With that in mind, while Bolden is worth a look in deeper PPR formats, he shouldn't be counted on to replicate White's production.
Bolden logged 33 of a possible 72 snaps on offense in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Saints, en route to carrying three times for minus-1 yard and catching three of his four targets for 23 yards, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Bolden, who previously had been operating primarily as a core special teamer, saw his profile in the Patriots offense expand Sunday once James White (six snaps) left the game with a hip injury that's expected to cost him some time. It remains to be seen if Bolden continues to handle the bulk of the team's change-of-pace duties in the event that White is sidelined, with J.J. Taylor (10 snaps Week 3) also an option in that regard, but it's a situation worth monitoring for those looking to add RB depth in deeper PPR formats.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty expects Bolden to resume his football career in 2021, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Bolden originally was scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, before a COVID-19 opt-out pushed the final year of his contract back to 2021. He's scheduled for a $1.98 million cap hit, with the Patriots able to free up $1.49 million if Bolden is released, per overthecap.com. The 31-year-old RB has largely made a living on special teams, getting only 52 touches in 61 regular-season appearances from 2016 to 2019.
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.
Bolden was on the field for 19 special-teams snaps in Sunday's 37-20 loss to the Ravens.
With Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead all healthy enough to play at this stage, Bolden will continue to make his biggest impact on special teams. He served as the Patriots' primary kickoff returner Week 9, en route to returning two kicks for 53 yards.
Bolden was on the field for three of a possible 69 snaps on offense in Sunday's 27-13 win over the Browns.
Bolden, who didn't record a carry or catch Sunday, logged 22 special teams snaps in the contest. He saw his role in New England's offense reduced Week 8 with Rex Burkhead back in the team's backfield mix. Until the next injury hits the team's running back corps, Bolden's touches figure to be sporadic.
Bolden carried once for two yards and caught all four of his targets for 39 yards in Monday night's 33-0 win over the Jets.
Bolden, who was on the field for 18 of the Patriots' 82 snaps on offense in the contest, saw his three-game TD streak snapped Monday, but he still managed to make a mark as a pass catcher while serving as a complementary option behind Sony Michel and James White. Whether he maintains a similar role in this coming Sunday's game against the Browns likely hinges on the availability of Rex Burkhead (foot), who has missed three straight games.
Bolden logged 12 of a possible 82 snaps on offense in Thursday's 35-14 win over the Giants, en route to rushing three times for 23 yards and a TD and catching both of his targets for 22 yards.
Bolden has now found the end zone in three straight games, but that's a trend that can't be counted on in the coming weeks, especially with Rex Burkhead (foot) -- who has missed two straight games -- a candidate to return to action Week 7.
Bolden was on the field for 11 of a possible 78 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-7 win over Washington, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Though Bolden's snap count remained modest in Week 5, he still managed to log five carries for 13 yards and haul in his only target for a 29-yard TD. That marks two straight games in which Bolden has scored, but he's still a risky fantasy roll going forward, given the fact that he's clearly behind Sony Michel, James White and, when healthy, Rex Burkhead (foot) in the Patriots' backfield pecking order.
Bolden was on the field for five snaps on offense in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bills, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. In the process, he turned his only carry into a four-yard TD.
The Week 4 score aside, Bolden continues to make most of his impact as a special teamer, with his role in the Patriots' offense limited as long as Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead are all healthy.
Bolden was on the field for 22 snaps on offense in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jets. In the process, he carried twice for minus-2 yards and caught two of his three targets for 21 yards.
Bolden also saw 22 special-teams snaps Sunday, which is typical for him. His uptick in offensive snaps was the result of James White (personal) being unavailable. With White on track to return to the lineup Week 4, Bolden figures to once again make most of his impact as a special teamer when the Patriots face the Bills on the road this coming weekend.
Bolden (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Bolden will be ready to play in Sunday's game versus the Jets. Although Bolden is buried on the depth chart, the Patriots are heavy favorites and could deploy him in garbage time if the game ends up a blowout. However, even when the Patriots were far ahead of the Steelers, they opted for Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris first.
Bolden (hamstring) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's contest against Miami.
Bolden was a limited participant in practice all week but evidently wasn't healthy enough to play in Week 2. Considering the Patriots are heavy favorites against the Dolphins on Sunday, it wouldn't be a surprise to see both Rex Burkhead and Damien Harris get work throughout the second half if the game gets out of hand, a possibility that is even more likely now with Bolden unable to play.
Bolden (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional matchup with the Dolphins.
Bolden was a limited participant in practice each day this week. The 29-year-old was seemingly fine during last Sunday's season opener against Pittsburgh, so it's not completely clear when he picked up the hamstring issue. If Bolden can play Sunday, he'll likely be limited to his usual role on special teams.
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