Victor Bolden Jr.

Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #17
Detroit Lions
Wide Receiver #17

Victor Bolden Jr. News

Waived by Lions

Bolden was waived by Detroit on Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: As Tom Kennedy separated himself from Detroit's slew of depth receivers, Bolden had a number of miscues in preseason games that likely diminished his odds of making the team. There's a chance he could find his way to the Lions' practice squad, though.

Aug 30, 2021 1:00 PM EST

Making case for roster spot

Bolden has begun making a convincing case for a roster spot, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Largely a practice-squad player since going undrafted in 2017, Bolden has one reception to his name as a pro. Fortunately for his chances of actually landing a roster spot, Detroit arguably has the worst receiving corps in the league, not to mention a vacancy at both punt and kick returner after Jamal Agnew signed a hefty contract with Jacksonville.. There probably isn't a better place for an unestablished wideout like Bolden to make a name for himself, especially since Bolden already has experience returning kickoffs for the 49ers and Bills.

Jun 10, 2021 3:15 PM EST

Lands future pact

Bolden signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions on Tuesday.

Analysis: Bolden has been on the Lions' practice squad since October, but he was never elevated for a game. The 25-year-old wideout has just 15 NFL games on his resume, but he hasn't played since 2018.

Jan 5, 2021 1:49 PM EST

Secures practice squad deal

The Lions signed Bolden to the practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Bolden spent training camp with the Lions but was cut from the practice squad in early September. The 25-year-old wide receiver banked 15 NFL games over his first three seasons and mainly contributed as a kick returner.

Oct 13, 2020 12:02 PM EST

Departs practice squad

The Lions cut Bolden from the practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Bolden briefly linked with the Lions' practice squad after having been cut amid roster trims, but he'll now need to look for a chance with another organization. The return man hasn't seen regular-season action since 2018, when he appeared in two games with Buffalo and four games with the 49ers.

Sep 9, 2020 3:49 PM EST

Staying with Lions

Bolden inked a reserve/future contract with Detroit on Monday.

Analysis: The 24-year-old offers more in the return game than on offense, as he's accumulated 512 kick return yards the past two seasons. Bolden failed to see action in the NFL for the 2019 campaign.

Dec 30, 2019 3:58 PM EST

Gets look with Texans

Bolden worked out with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Bolden offers more as a return man than he does as a wide receiver. The Texans current kick returner -- DeAndre Carter -- has averaged 20.73 yards per return, ranking 23rd in the league among players with 10 or more attempts.

Nov 26, 2019 11:35 AM EST

Can't sneak a spot

Bolden was cut by Buffalo on Saturday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The speedster never even snuck into that final roster bubble zone even though he saw action with the Bills in 2018. Perhaps another squad will be more interested in his return ability, as he doesn't offer much as a full-time wide receiver.

Aug 31, 2019 2:21 PM EST

Flashes speed, minimal results

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).

Analysis: 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.

Jan 13, 2019 12:29 AM EST

Sees immediate action

Bolden, signed off the 49ers' practice squad last week, received three kickoff returns for 72 yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 25, 2018 10:03 AM EST

Signed by Buffalo

Bolden was signed by the Bills on Tuesday, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 18, 2018 1:33 PM EST

Signs with 49ers' practice squad

The 49ers signed Bolden to their practice squad Thursday.

Analysis: Bolden was waived by the 49ers earlier this week, and 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 will now work to earn another shot at a depth role with the 49ers.

Nov 1, 2018 2:16 PM EST

Let go by 49ers

Bolden was waived by the 49ers on Tuesday, according to the team's official site.

Analysis: 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.

Oct 30, 2018 5:09 PM EST

Narrowly misses first touchdown

Bolden had one catch (four targets) for 10 yards in Sunday's loss to Arizona.

Analysis: 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, 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 either Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) and/or Dante Pettis (knee) return from injury.

Oct 8, 2018 5:44 AM EST

Reinstated from supsension

Bolden (suspension) has been reinstated by the league, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: 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.

Oct 1, 2018 4:29 PM EST

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