Brandon Bolden was signed by the New England Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 10, 2012.
- Played mostly on special teams and rushed one time for four yards in the win at Arizona (9/11).
- Saw action on special teams in the win vs. Miami (9/18).
- Forced a fumble on a first quarter kickoff that was recovered by Duron Harmon at the 22-yard line to set up a touchdown run by Jacoby Brissett and marked his third career forced fumble on a kickoff in the win vs. Houston (9/22).
- Saw time on special teams and at running back where he caught two passes for 15 yards vs. Buffalo (10/2).
- Was inactive due to injury at Cleveland (10/9) and vs. Cincinnati (10/16).
- Returned to action in the win at Pittsburgh (10/23) after missing the previous two games due to injury and played mostly on special teams.
- Played on special teams in the win at Buffalo (10/30), vs. Seatte (11/13), at San Francisco (11/20) and at N.Y. Jets (11/27).
- Recorded one special teams tackle in the win vs. Los Angeles (12/4).
- Played on special teams in the win vs. Baltimore (12/12).
- Recorded one special teams tackle in the win at Denver (12/18).
- Played on special teams in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/24) and at Miami (1/1).
2015 (15/2, 2/1)
- Played in 15 regular-season games with two starts and posted 63 rushing attempts for 207 yards (3.3 avg.) and compiled 19 receptions for 180 yards (9.5 avg.) and the first two receiving touchdowns of his career.
- Also contributed as a core member of the special teams units, where he made one tackle.
- Appeared in both playoff games with one start and rushed for 12 yards on five carries (2.4 avg.). Also caught three passes for 26 yards (8.7 avg.).
- Was inactive for one game due to injury vs. N.Y. Jets (10/25).
- Contributed on special teams in the win at Indianapolis (10/18). Assisted in the tackle on a Colts fake punt attempt, earning credit for his first career defensive tackle.
- Saw increased playing time after an injury to Dion Lewis in the third quarter vs. Washington (11/8). Rushed once for 12 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards, including an 18-yard score that marked the first touchdown reception of his career.
- Rushed four times for 11 yards and caught four passes for 84 yards at Denver (11/29), including a 63-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that marks the longest reception of his career.
- Rushed 16 times for 51 yards at Houston (12/13) after an injury to LeGarrette Blount in the second quarter increased his workload.
- Made his first start of the season at running back in the win vs. Tennessee (12/20), rushing 10 times for 35 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards.
- Made his second career postseason start at running back and made two special teams tackles in the playoff victory vs. Kansas City (1/16).
2014 (16/2, 3/1)
- Played on special teams and as a backup running back in the Super Bowl XLIX win vs. Seattle (2/1/15).
- Contributed on special teams in the AFC Championship win vs. Indianapolis (1/18/15).
- Made his first career postseason start in the AFC Divisional win vs. Baltimore (1/10/15), carrying three times for seven yards, catching one pass for 11 yards and posting one special teams tackle.
- Started at running back and carried five times for 15 yards and had one special teams stop vs. Buffalo (12/28).
- Carried five times for 32 yards and contributed on special teams in the win at N.Y. Jets (12/21).
- Contributed on special teams in the win vs. Miami (12/14).
- Blocked his first NFL punt in the second quarter of the win at San Diego (12/7) to give the Patriots a first down at the Chargers 25-yard line. It was the Patriots’ first blocked punt since 2010.
- Made his first start of the season and the third start of his career at Green Bay (11/30), finishing with three carries for 17 yards and one touchdown. His six-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his first of the season and the sixth of his career.
- Posted one special teams tackle in both of the wins vs. Chicago (10/26) and vs. Denver (11/2).
- Was a reserve at running back and on special teams in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (10/16), catching one pass for four yards.
- Was a reserve at running back and on special teams in the win at Buffalo (10/12), rushing six times for 10 yards.
- Played on special teams and was a reserve at running back in the win vs. Cincinnati (10/5), finishing with one rush for three yards and two special teams tackles. Forced a fumble on a third-quarter kickoff that Kyle Arrington returned nine yards for a touchdown.
- Was a reserve at running back and on special teams in the first four games of the season, rushing eight times for 12 yards and catching one pass for four yards.
2013 (11/2, 2/0)
- Played in 12 regular-season games with two starts and compiled 271 yards on 55 carries and three touchdowns. Also caught 21 passes for 152 yards.
- Appeared as a reserve in both playoff games.
- Was inactive for four games - the first two contests of the year and at Carolina (11/18) due to injury and was a healthy scratch vs. Cleveland (12/8).
- Made his season debut and first career start vs. Tampa Bay (9/22) and compiled 100 total yards on offense. Rushed three times for 51 yards, including a career-long 46 yard gain and caught five passes for 49 yards.
- Started and rushed eight times for 36 yards at N.Y. Jets (10/20) and his first touchdown of the season. Also caught one pass for 7 yards.
- Compiled 22 yards on eight rushes and a third-quarter touchdown vs. Miami (10/27). Also caught two passes for 7 yards.
- Led the team with 13 rushes for 58 yards and a touchdown vs. Denver (11/24). Also caught one pass for 11 yards.
2012 (10/0, 2/0)
- Played in 10 regular season games and missed four games due to an NFL suspension. Finished with 56 carries for 274 yards (4.9 avg) and two touchdowns.
- Appeared as a reserve in both playoff contests.
- Was inactive due to injury at St. Louis (10/28) and vs. NY Jets (10/21).
- Compiled 137 yards on 16 carries (8.6 avg) and a touchdown for the first 100-yard rushing game of his career at Buffalo (9/30). Bolden and Stevan Ridley (106 yards) became the first Patriots running back duo to eclipse 100 yards rushing in the same game since Nov. 23, 1980 at Baltimore Colts when Don Calhoun (106) and Vagas Ferguson (100) each went over 100 yards rushing. Also caught one pass for 11 yards. Earned Fed-Ex NFL Ground Player of the Week for his efforts. His 8.6 yard-per carry average is tied for the third-highest ever in a single game for the Patriots among running backs with at least 15 rushing attempts.
- Gained 54 yards on 14 carries (3.9 avg) vs. Denver (10/7) as part of a rushing attack that eclipsed 200 yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 1978.
- Rushed for four yards on two carries (2.0 avg) including his first NFL touchdown at Baltimore (9/23).
- Made his NFL debut and rushed for 11 yards on five carries (2.2 avg) in the season-opening win at Tennessee (9/9).
- Finished career ranked second in school in history in total touchdowns (33) and rushing touchdowns (27), third in all-purpose yards (3,681) and fourth in rushing yards (2,604).
- Played in 10 games with four starts as a senior in 2011, totaling 96 carries for 462 yards (4.8 avg) and four touchdowns while serving as team captain.
- Earned Associated Press All-SEC Honorable Mention honors as a junior after playing in all 12 games with 11 starts and tying the school's single-season record for total touchdowns (17) and rushing touchdowns (14) and finishing fifth in the SEC in rushing (81.3 ypg).
- Appeared in all 13 games with eight starts as a sophomore, registering 129 carries for 614 yards (4.8 avg) and four touchdowns and 20 receptions for 209 yards (10.5 avg) and one touchdown.
- Played in all 13 games as a freshman, amassing 542 rushing yards, five touchdowns rushing and one touchdown receiving.
- Bolden's grandfather, Frank Pitts, played 10 years in the NFL, as a receiver for the Chiefs, Browns, and Raiders. He was with Kansas City for two Super Bowls, losing Super Bowl I and winning Super Bowl IV. Those are two games Bolden, quite proudly, has become familiar with. Very familiar. "I remember being 6 years old, him popping in a highlight film of Super Bowl I and IV. I’ve seen that tape, I’m 22 now, I’ve seen that tape at least 500 times," Bolden said. "He’s great, been pretty much my role model since forever. He’ll call me at the end of the game and tell me everything I did wrong. He’s my toughest critic, and I think that rubbed off on me."
- Born Jan. 26, 1990.
- Bolden’s grandfather, Frank Pitts, played 10 years in the NFL, as a receiver for the Chiefs, Browns, and Raiders. He was with Kansas City for two Super Bowls, losing Super Bowl I and winning Super Bowl IV.
- Brandon and his wife, Arianna, have a son, Brycein
HONORS & AWARDS
- Fed-Ex Ground Player of the Week (Week 4)
BETTER THAN AVERAGE
Brandon Bolden finished with 16 carries for 137 yards and an 8.6-yard average at Buffalo (9/30/12). He also had runs of 20 and 27 yards. His 8.6-yard average is tied for the third highest ever in a single game for the Patriots among running backs with at least 15 rushing attempts.
|Highest Rushing Average/Single game
|(min. 15 attempts)
||9.6 (17-164 vs. Washington, Oct. 13, 1996)
||9.2 (23-212 vs. N.Y. Jets, Sept. 18, 1983)
||8.6 (16-137 at Buffalo, Sept. 30, 2012)
||8.6 (16-138 vs. Denver, Oct. 20, 2008)
||8.6 (17-146 at Houston, Dec. 11, 1966)
||8.5 (15-127 at St. Louis, Oct. 28, 2012)