Bolden, picked up by the Bills after being waived by the 49ers during the season, only saw three offensive snaps for the team in two games but was given some opportunity in the return game, bringing back five kickoffs for 116 yards (23.2 average).
The Bills fired special teams coach Danny Crossman immediately after the season, so Bolden will probably have to start fresh and audition for a new coach. If he couldn't crack the offense with a weak corps of wide receivers, that's not probably going to happen in 2019 with the team expected to stock up on the position this offseason. His best bet will be to try and win a main return job.
Bolden, signed off the 49ers' practice squad last week, received three kickoff returns for 72 yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
The Bills have been less than thrilled with their returners this season, and with Isaiah McKenzie -- one of the few guys that's showed some spark -- having a bigger role in the offense, they want to give Bolden a look for next season, at least in the return game. He only saw action on five special teams plays in the loss (and none on offense) but could serve as the main kickoff return man again while McKenzie fields punts in the finale. Bolden's 24.0 yards per return average, albeit in a small sample size, is better than anyone else besides Marcus Murphy has done for the season, and Murphy is on injured reserve with an elbow injury.
Bolden appeared in four games with the 49ers earlier this season before being demoted to the practice squad, but he'll have another chance at regular season action as a member of the Bills for their final two contests. Unfortunately for Bolden, there are plenty of other healthy options at receiver in Buffalo behind Zay Jones, Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie.
The 49ers signed Bolden to their practice squad Thursday.
Bolden was waived by the 49ers earlier this week, and he ultimately rejoins the team as a member of the practice squad. The 23-year-old logged one reception for 10 yards during four games with San Francisco this season, and he'll now work to earn another shot at a depth role with the team.
Bolden was waived by the 49ers on Tuesday, according to the team's official site.
The second-year receiver out of Oregon St. appeared in four games with San Francisco this season, catching one pass for 10 yards. Bolden will look to join another team in search of receiver/kick returner depth.
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||9||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||4||0||1||10||10.0||10||0||0||0||1|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||9||19||396||20.8||34||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||4||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||9||4||1||23||5.8||16||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||4||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||9||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||4||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||9||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|