Brandon Bolden

Las Vegas Raiders
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Five touches in return

Bolden rushed three times for 17 yards and caught his only two targets for four yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Bolden, who returned from a one-week absence due to a hamstring injury, earned five touches behind starter Josh Jacobs on Sunday while fellow reserve Ameer Abdullah was limited to four snaps on special teams. Bolden should fill a similar role back at home against the Broncos in Week 4.

Sep 26, 2022 8:27 AM EST


Cleared for Week 3 action

Bolden (hamstring) doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Titans after practicing fully Friday.

Analysis: Meanwhile, top back Josh Jacobs didn't practice for the second straight day due to illness and is listed as questionable for the contest. If Jacobs is unable to gain clearance to suit up for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, added Week 3 opportunities would be available for Bolden, Ameer Abdullah and Zamir White.

Sep 23, 2022 2:13 PM EST



Limited again Thursday

Bolden (hamstring) was limited at Thursday's practice, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Bolden logged his second consecutive limited practice Thursday after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 1. The running back was unable to suit up in Week 2 against Arizona. Expect Zamir White and Ameer Abdullah to share the workload behind lead back Josh Jacobs once again if Bolden is unable to get healthy before the Raiders' Week 3 matchup.

Sep 22, 2022 4:12 PM EST


Logs limited practice

Bolden (hamstring) was limited at practice Wednesday, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Bolden was inactive this past weekend against the Cardinals, but his limited participation Wednesday suggests that he has a chance to return to action this Sunday against the Titans. In Bolden's absence in Week 2, Ameer Abdullah and rookie Zamir White handled change-of-pace work behind lead back Josh Jacobs.

Sep 21, 2022 3:35 PM EST


Inactive in Week 2

Bolden (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 clash against the Cardinals.

Analysis: As became increasingly expected as the week unfolded, Bolden will not be healthy enough to suit up after recording a receiving touchdown in the Week 1 loss to the Chargers. In his absence, Ameer Abdullah and rookie Zamir White could be beneficiaries in the form of complementary snaps behind Josh Jacobs against Arizona.

Sep 18, 2022 12:00 PM EST



Doubtful for Week 2

Bolden (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cardinals after not practicing this week, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: With Bolden unlikely to suit up versus the Cardinals, Ameer Abdullah and Zamir White figure to see added complementary snaps behind behind starter Josh Jacobs in the Raiders' Week 2 backfield.

Sep 16, 2022 2:39 PM EST


Misses practice Wednesday

Bolden (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Prior to exiting this past Sunday's season opener against the Chargers, Bolden logged 16 snaps while working behind Josh Jacobs. In doing so, he rushed three times for seven yards while securing both of his targets for 21 yards and a TD. If Bolden is out or limited this weekend against the Cardinals, Ameer Abdullah and Zamir White could see added backfield snaps for the Raiders in Week 2.

Sep 14, 2022 3:16 PM EST


Exits with hamstring injury

Bolden suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Bolden was relatively effective to begin Sunday's season opener, rushing three times for seven yards while securing both of his targets for 21 yards and a touchdown. However, he was shaken up on a punt return in the third quarter and had to be helped off the field. He was ruled out shortly after, and it's not yet clear whether he'll be available for next Sunday's Week 2 matchup against Arizona.

Sep 11, 2022 5:44 PM EST


Still in the mix for a role

Bolden and Ameer Abdullah both have been getting passing-down work with the first-team offense in practice, Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur or The Athletic report.

Analysis: Earlier reports suggested Abdullah was the favorite for the third-down/hurry-up role, but Bolden is a capable pass catcher who has a lengthy history with Raiders coach Josh McDaniel. Both guys have played a ton of special teams, so the Raiders can afford to keep four running backs with the two mentioned above joined by probable starter Josh Jacobs and rookie Zamir White.

Aug 24, 2022 9:14 AM EST


Signs with Raiders

The Raiders have agreed to terms with Bolden, Vincent Bonsignore of The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Bolden will thus continue to play under new Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels, formerly the offensive coordinator of the Patriots. The 32-year-old -- who was pressed into an expanded change-of-pace role last season after James White's s hip injury -- finished the 2021 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 with New England. With the Raiders, the versatile Bolden should handle a depth/third-down role behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake.

Mar 16, 2022 4:23 PM EST


Expected to join Raiders

The Raiders are expected to sign Bolden, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Bolden was pressed into an expanded role with the Patriots last season after James White's season-ending hip injury in Week 3 created a change-of-pace void behind the team's top early-down options, Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson. With White having re-signed with New England, the versatile Bolden should handle a depth role for Las Vegas behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake.

Mar 16, 2022 1:45 PM EST


Catches 41 passes this past season

Bolden finished the 2021 regular season with 44 carries for 226 yards and a rushing TD to go along with 41 catches (on 49 targets) for 405 yards and two receiving scores in 17 games.

Analysis: Though Bolden, a noted special teams contributor in the past, had been penciled in for a lesser role, James White's season-ending hip injury in Week 3 paved the way for the versatile back to log added change-pace-snaps and thus carve out a degree of utility in PPR formats. 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.

Jan 19, 2022 9:59 AM EST


Scores two TDs against Miami

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.

Analysis: The veteran back wound up seeing extra touches after Rhamondre Stevenson exited the game for a stretch due to a head injury, and Bolden capitalized on the opportunity, leading the Patriots in rushing yards while scoring on a 15-yard run in the second quarter and an 18-yard reception in the fourth. He came into Week 18 with only one TD on the season, which he scored in late October, and he hadn't topped 60 scrimmage yards in a game since Week 10. Nonetheless, this performance could vault him into a bigger role in the offense in the postseason, beginning with Saturday's wild-card round matchup with the Bills.

Jan 9, 2022 10:31 PM EST


Catches two passes in Week 17

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.

Analysis: While working in a change-of-pace role behind Damien Harris (hamstring) and Rhamondre Stevenson, Bolden carried just once for four yards and caught two of his three targets for 21 yards. As this weekend's game against the Dolphins approaches, Bolden profiles as fantasy dart in PPR formats, given his lack of steady volume of late.

Jan 3, 2022 9:35 AM EST


Cleared for Week 17

Bolden (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Bolden logged limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, but is good to go for Sunday's contest and in line to handle his usual change-of-pace role, with Damien Harris (hamstring/questionable) -- assuming he's active -- and Rhamondre Stevenson in line to handle the bulk of the Patriots' early-down work in Week 17.

Dec 31, 2021 4:10 PM EST


Limited again in practice

Bolden (knee) was listed as a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Lead back Damien Harris (hamstring) was also limited for the second straight practice, but at this stage, neither he nor Bolden look to be in danger of sitting out Sunday against the Jaguars while they manage their respective lingering injuries. Meanwhile, Rhamondre Stevenson (illness) returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, but he'll represent more of a threat to poach carries from Harris rather than challenging for Bolden's snaps on passing downs.

Dec 31, 2021 7:03 AM EST


Limited practice Wednesday

Bolden (knee) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Bolden has been managing a knee issue of late, but at this stage there's nothing to suggest that his Week 17 status is in danger. With Rhamondre Stevenson back from the reserve/COVID-19 list to share early-down work with Damien Harris (hamstring), Bolden is in line to continue to serve in a change-of-pace role Sunday against the Jaguars, assuming he's active.

Dec 29, 2021 4:22 PM EST


Catches two passes Sunday

Bolden logged 34 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-21 loss to the Bills, en route to carrying twice for four yards and catching two of his five targets for 20 yards, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With Rhamondre Stevenson (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Damien Harris predictably handled the bulk of the Patriots' early-down work Sunday, while Bolden served in a change-of-pace role. Regardless of Stevenson's Week 17 status, Bolden seems destined to log complementary work this coming weekend against the Jaguars, an arrangement carries modest fantasy utility in PPR formats.

Dec 27, 2021 9:49 AM EST


Active for Week 16

Bolden (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: With Rhamondre Stevenson (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, look for Damien Harris to handle the bulk of the Patriots' early-down work assuming no setbacks with his hamstring, while Bolden continues to work in a change-of-pace role that provides him with a degree of PPR utility in deeper fantasy formats. Meanwhile, J.J. Taylor is on hand in reserve.

Dec 26, 2021 8:41 AM EST


Listed as questionable for Sunday

Bolden (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills after practicing in a limited fashion this past week.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Rhamondre Stevenson (illness) has been ruled out by the team, while Damien Harris (hamstring) is also listed as questionable. As long as both are available this weekend, we'd expect Harris to handle the bulk of the Patriots' early-down work and Bolden to work in a change-of-pace role, with J.J. Taylor in reserve. Fortunately for those inclined to consider Bolden in Week 16 fantasy PPR lineups, New England kicks off against Buffalo at 1:00 ET on Sunday.

Dec 24, 2021 1:36 PM EST


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