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.
Bolden (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Bolden was a new appearance on the injury report after playing Week 1 versus the Steelers and recording one carry for seven yards. The Patriots may simply be looking to keep Bolden fresh, and full participation in practice Thursday or Friday would clear up any worries.
Bolden logged just one of a possible 70 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-3 win over the Steelers.
Bolden, who recorded a seven-yard carry on that play, did make his mark, however, by logging 16 special teams snaps, which included a pair of kick returns for 35 yards. Bolden's prowess as a special-teamer will keep him on the Patriots' game-day roster most weeks, but he remains behind Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead in the team's backfield pecking order.
Bolden agreed Wednesday with the Patriots on a two-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Bolden spent the first six years of his career in New England before jumping to Miami in 2018. In his return to the Patriots, Bolden projects to receive most of his time on special teams, as the team already has more established running backs in Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead under contract through 2020.
Bolden caught his sole target for nine yards during Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Bills. He ends the season with eight rushes for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and three receptions for 13 yards and one touchdown.
Bolden remained in a depth role with the Dolphins all season, even after Frank Gore suffered a season-ending foot injury in Week 15, and only played 25 offensive snaps through 16 games. Most of Bolden's limited usage came in the red zone, allowing him to achieve slight fantasy value with three total touchdowns during the Dolphins' last four games. The 28-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and will remain squarely behind Kalen Ballage and Kenyan Drake on the depth chart if Miami chooses to re-sign him.
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