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. However, he brought 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 was signed by the Bills on Tuesday, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
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.
Bolden had one catch (four targets) for 10 yards in Sunday's loss to Arizona.
Bolden made his 2018 debut after serving a four-game suspension to begin the season. The speedy wideout appeared to have scored the first touchdown of his career on a quick strike from C.J. Beathard, but replay review showed that he was touched down at the one-yard line. Bolden's four targets ranked fourth amongst San Francisco wideouts, but his role is likely to diminish once Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and/or Dante Pettis (knee) return from injury.
Bolden (suspension) has been reinstated by the league, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Despite the reinstatement, Bolden's immediate future depends on whether the 49ers will choose to activate him. San Francisco has a week to decide on Bolden's value. Bolden was issued a four-game ban over the summer for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Bolden has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Bolden was primarily being used on special teams last season as a return man before an ankle injury caused him to land on the team's injured reserve. Should he make the team's final roster, he'll now have to wait until at least Week 5 to make his return to the field. However, the suspension could lead to the 49ers releasing Bolden.
The 49ers placed Bolden (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday.
Bolden exited Sunday's win over the Texans with the ankle injury, which was apparently severe enough to keep him out of action for the final three games of the regular season. The undrafted rookie has acted as the team's primary kickoff returner this season, totaling 396 yards on 19 runbacks.
Bolden has an ankle injury and is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Texans.
The undrafted rookie is deployed mainly in the return game, and he has no receptions yet this season, so the offense won't be affected much by his injury. Trent Taylor will likely return kickoffs in the meantime.
Bolden scored a touchdown on a 92-yard punt return in Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers. He added one catch for nine yards.
It was Bolden's second special teams touchdown of the preseason after he returned a kickoff for 104 yards against the Broncos on Aug. 19. The undrafted rookie's strong contributions as a return man bode well for his prospects of making the 53-man roster.
Bolden didn't come down with a reception Saturday, but he managed to score on a 104-yard kick return in a preseason loss to the Broncos.
The undrafted rookie out of Oregon is still unpolished as a receiver, but he displayed his tremendous speed and field vision when he ripped off a huge play for a touchdown. Bolden is primarily competing with Raheem Mostert for the 49ers' kick return duties, but Saturday's big play may give him the early leg up in the competition.
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