Brandon Bolden

Brandon Bolden

31-Year-Old Running BackRB
New England Patriots
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bolden, who opted out of the 2020 season, returns to the team's backfield mix but largely earns his living on special teams, having just 52 touches in 61 regular-season appearances from 2016 to 2019. Though the versatile 31-year-old is capable of subbing in at running back when the need arises, he's behind Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson in the early-down equation and James White in passing situations. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $3.7 million contract with the Patriots in March of 2019.
Catches 41 passes this past season
RBNew England Patriots
January 19, 2022
Bolden finished the regular season with 44 carries for 226 yards and a rushing touchdown to go along with 41 catches (on 49 targets) for 405 yards and two receiving scores in 17 games.
ANALYSIS
He added four receptions for 27 yards on six targets in last weekend's blowout loss to the Bills in the wild-card round. Bolden, a noted special-teams contributor in the past, moved into a larger role on offense after James White's season-ending hip injury in Week 3 created a need for a new pass-catching back. As the 2022 campaign approaches, Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson will reprise their roles a New England's top early-down options, while both White and Bolden are eligible for free agency this offseason.
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How do Brandon Bolden's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
20.5%
 
Positive Run %
70.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
53.5%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.8
 
Rushing TD %
2.3%
 
Touches Per Game
5.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
26.6%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.02
 
% Team Air Yards
0.2%
 
% Team Targets
9.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
83.7%
 
Drop Rate
4.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
10.2
 
% Targeted On Route
23.6%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.95
 
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Snap Counts
Snap %
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40935%
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3930%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Brandon Bolden's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
220 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.55 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.44 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.96 sec
 
Vertical Jump
38.0 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Bench Press
21 reps
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
32.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Bolden, who had spent the previous season with the Dolphins, returned to the Patriots in 2019, reprising his duties as a versatile backfield depth option and core special teamer. In the process, he logged 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. In late July, the 30-year-old elected to opt out of the 2020 season.
Back with the Patriots after a one-season stint with the Dolphins, 29-year-old Bolden is on track to reclaim his previous role as a core special-teamer. His fantasy value is minimal, however, given that he is merely a depth option in the team's backfield, which also includes Sony Michel, James White, Damien Harris and Rex Burkhead. During the 2018 campaign, Bolden logging just eight rushing attempts for 91 yards and two TDs, while catching three passes for 13 yards and a receiving score.
The 28-year-old has been with the Patriots since 2012, and he's managed to stick around that long thanks to his versatility and special-teams prowess. Bolden finished up the 2017 season with 13 carries for 67 yards and one catch for seven yards in 16 games and now faces his annual challenge of securing a roster spot with the team.
The 27-year-old Bolden is on track to reprise his role as a core special-teamer for the Patriots, though his fantasy value is minimal given that he is merely a depth option in the team's backfield, which also includes Dion Lewis, James White, Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead and D.J. Foster. During the 2016 campaign, Bolden played in 14 games, logging just one rushing attempt for four yards, while catching two passes for 15 yards.
Bolden finished up the 2015 regular season with 63 carries for 207 yards to go along with 19 catches for 180 yards and two TDs in 15 games. Though Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount still top the Patriots' running back depth chart, Bolden is on track to reprise his role with the team this coming season as a versatile depth back, who is also a valuable special teams contributor. It's that element of his game that figures to secure his role with the team, while James White, Tyler Gaffney and D.J. Foster battle for the remaining backfield spot or two.
While Bolden’s fantasy upside is limited, the Patriots thought enough of him to ink him to a two-year, $2.32 million contract extension this offseason. Though Bolden can offer value as a backup running back option, his prime value to the team is that he is one of the Pats’ core special-teamers. While LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray are the team’s top power backs and James White and Travaris Cadet profile more as change-of-pace options, Bolden’s versatility and special-teams value should be enough to secure him a roster spot, though it would take a series of injuries in the team’s backfield for him to enter the fantasy equation.
Bolden maintained a healthy 4.9 YPC and upped his number of receptions from two the year previous, to 21 in 2013. His utility role in the Patriot's offense came about with injuries to Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. His role projects to be much of the same in 2014.
Bolden figures to directly compete with newcomer LeGarrette Blount for a depth role behind presumed starter Stevan Ridley. Both are bruising backs and unless injuries hit the team's other backfield options during the preseason, it's quite possible that only one of the two will make the team's final roster.
A fractured ankle that Bolden suffered as a senior, plus a one-game suspension he was handed, probably caused him to slide out of the draft, but he'll take aim at cracking a New England backfield that also includes Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead and Joseph Addai. Even if he doesn't make the team's final roster, he could end up on the team's practice squad out of the gate, as fellow undrafted free agent BenJarvus Green-Ellis did.
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Scores two TDs against Miami
RBNew England Patriots
January 9, 2022
Bolden carried the ball seven times for 46 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 20 yards and a second TD in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins.
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Catches two passes in Week 17
RBNew England Patriots
January 3, 2022
Bolden logged 18 of a possible 72 snaps on offense in Sunday's 50-10 win over the Jaguars, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
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Cleared for Week 17
RBNew England Patriots
December 31, 2021
Bolden (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
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Limited again in practice
RBNew England Patriots
Knee
December 31, 2021
Bolden (knee) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
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Limited practice Wednesday
RBNew England Patriots
Knee
December 29, 2021
Bolden (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.
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