Brandon Bolden

Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #38
Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #38
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Brandon Bolden News

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


Limited again Thursday

Bolden (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: As did Damien Harris (hamstring), while Rhamondre Stevenson (illness) missed practice for the second straight day. So far there's been nothing to suggest that Bolden is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Bills, but an official 'questionable" Week 16 injury designation is plausible for the Patriots' change-of-pace back.

Dec 23, 2021 2:55 PM EST


Effective as receiver Saturday

Bolden carried the ball four times for three yards and caught three of five targets for 41 yards in Saturday's 27-17 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: With Damien Harris (hamstring) sidelined for the contest, Rhamondre Stevenson was the primary ball-carrier for the Patriots, while Bolden did most of his damage as a pass-catcher. The veteran back actually wound up leading the New England backfield in scrimmage yards 44-40 over Stevenson. It's the first time Bolden has seen more than five touches in a game since Week 10, but his role will likely shrink again if Harris is back in the lineup for a Week 16 rematch with the Bills.

Dec 18, 2021 9:34 PM EST


Suits up Saturday

Bolden (knee) is listed as active for Saturday night's game against the Colts.

Analysis: With Damien Harris (hamstring) having been ruled out for the contest, look for Rhamondre Stevenson to log the bulk of the Patriots' early-down work, while Bolden handles a change-pace-role and Devine Ozigbo provides the team with a depth RB option. In that context, Bolden - who has notched 32 catches for 303 yards and a TD, to go along with 30 carries for 169 yards in 13 games to date -- could see enough touches Saturday to help out those in PPR formats who are scrambling for a Week 15 lineup option.

Dec 18, 2021 4:01 PM EST


Listed as questionable for Week 15

Bolden (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Colts.

Analysis: The same applies to Damien Harris (hamstring), with both players having practiced in a limited fashion this past week. As long as the duo is made active for Saturday night's 8:20 ET contest, look for Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson to handle the bulk of the Patriots' Week 15 carries, while Bolden is a candidate for change-of-pace touches.

Dec 16, 2021 4:12 PM EST


Limited at practice Tuesday

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

Analysis: Coming off the Week 14 bye, Bolden continues to be hampered by a knee injury. Damien Harris (hamstring) was also limited, so of New England's trio of running backs, Rhamondre Stevenson is currently the only one healthy. However, there is still plenty of time for Bolden and Harris to be cleared for Saturday night's showdown with the Colts. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor all three players availability up until the 8:20 PM ET kickoff.

Dec 14, 2021 2:14 PM EST


Handles four carries

Bolden had four carries for 28 yards during Monday's 14-10 win over the Bills. He also secured his only target for seven yards.

Analysis: Bolden benefited from an unusual game script in extremely windy conditions, but he still worked behind both Damien Harris (hamstring) and Rhamondre Stevenson. Additionally, Bolden handled a season-high 86 percent of snaps on special teams. The Patriots will next take on the Colts on Dec. 18, after a Week 14 bye, at which point Bolden stands to have returned to his usual change-of-pace role.

Dec 7, 2021 8:00 AM EST


Suiting up Monday

Bolden (knee) is listed as active Monday at Buffalo.

Analysis: After putting in three limited sessions in advance of this contest, Bolden was considered questionable for Week 13 action. Now that he's officially available to the offense, he'll join lead runner Damien Harris and rookie Rhamondre Stevenson in the Patriots backfield. With swirling wind and snowy conditions in Buffalo, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels may rely more on the ground game than usual, but it remains to be seen if that'll be a boon for Bolden. On the season, Bolden has averaged 5.4 yards on his 26 carries and gathered in 31 of 33 targets for 296 yards and one TD.

Dec 6, 2021 3:59 PM EST


Questionable for Monday

Bolden (knee) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against the Bills, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Bostonreports.

Analysis: Bolden put together three straight limited practices which theoretically puts him on track to play Monday. With Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson also absent from the final injury report expect Bolden to return to his role as a change-of-pace/pass-catching specialist that he's occupied for much of the season.

Dec 4, 2021 12:38 PM EST


Limited by knee issue

Bolden (knee) was limited at practice Thursday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, fellow running backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson are off the Patriots' injury report. If he's able to play Monday night against the Bills, Bolden would be in line to continue to work in a change-of-pace/pass-catching role while the aforementioned duo handle the bulk of the team's Week 13 carries.

Dec 2, 2021 1:50 PM EST


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