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Brandon Bolden

38
RB
Height: 
5-11

Weight:

220

Age

28
Mississippi
7 Years Pro

2017 Season

  • car13
  • yds67
  • avg5.2
  • tds0
stats

Brandon Bolden was signed by the New England Patriots as an free agent on Sep. 4, 2017 ... Orginally signed by New England as a rookie free agent (5/10/12) ...

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CAREER TRANSACTIONS

Brandon Bolden was signed by the New England Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 10, 2012.

SEASONAL REVIEWS

2017 (16/0, 3/0)

  • Contributed on special teams in the season opener vs. Kansas City (9/7) as well as in the victory at New Orleans (9/17).
  • Contributed on special teams, tying for the teamlead in special teams tackles with two in the victory vs.Houston (9/24).
  • Contributed on special teams with one special teams tackle vs. Carolina (10/1).
  • Contributed on special teams in the victory vs. Tampa Bay (10/5).
  • Contributed on special teams with one special teams tackle in the win at N.Y. Jets (10/15) and one special teams tackle in the victory vs. Atlanta (10/22).
  • Contributed on special teams in win vs. L.A. Chargers (10/29).
  • Contributed on special teams with one special teams tackle, while also seeing his first offensive action of the year at running back with two carries for one yard on the final offensive drive as the Patriots killed the clock in their win at Denver (11/12).
  • Contributed on special teams in the win at Oakland (11/19) in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca.
  • Made contributions on special teams in the victory vs. Miami (11/26) and in the win at Buffalo (12/3).
  • Contributed with one special teams tackle at Miami (12/11).
  • Contributed on special teams in the win at Pittsburgh (12/17).
  • Contributed mainly on special teams while also rushing twice for 20 yards on the final offensive series of the win vs. Buffalo (12/24).
  • Saw extended time at running back due to injuries and carried the ball nine times for 46 yards, including a 20-yard run in the fourth quarter, and caught his first pass of the year for seven yards while also contributing on special teams in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/31).
  • Saw limited snaps on offense but carried the ball four times for 27 yards, including his first-career postseason touchdown and first touchdown of the 2017 season on a 2-yard run in the third quarter of the Divisional round win vs. Tennessee (1/13). Also contributed on special teams units.
  • Contributed across special teams units throughout the victory vs. Jacksonville in the AFC Championship game (1/21).
  • Saw one snap on offense as a reserve running back while contributing mainly on special teams in Super Bowl LII vs. Philadelphia (2/4).

2016 (14/0, 3/0)

  • Played in 14 regular-season games, mainly on special teams, and totaled four tackles and one forced fumble on special teams. Rushed once for 4 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards on offense.
  • Appeared as a reserve in all three playoff games and made one tackle on special teams and assisted on another.
  • Was inactive due to injury at Cleveland (10/9) and vs. Cincinnati (10/16).
  • Played mostly on special teams and rushed one time for 4 yards in the win at Arizona (9/11). 
  • 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 to mark 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). 
  • Recorded one special teams tackle in the Super Bowl LI win vs. Atlanta (2/5) that pinned the Falcons at their own 11-yard line with 57 seconds left in regulation.

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).

COLLEGE

  • 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. 

EXTRA POINTS

  • 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."

PERSONAL

  • 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 and a daughter, Axelle.

HONORS & AWARDS

2012

  • 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)
Curtis Martin 9.6 (17-164 vs. Washington, Oct. 13, 1996)
Tony Collins 9.2 (23-212 vs. N.Y. Jets, Sept. 18, 1983)
Brandon Bolden 8.6 (16-137 at Buffalo, Sept. 30, 2012)
Sammy Morris 8.6 (16-138 vs. Denver, Oct. 20, 2008)
Jim Nance 8.6 (17-146 at Houston, Dec. 11, 1966)
Stevan Ridley 8.5 (15-127 at St. Louis, Oct. 28, 2012)

Stats

Career Stats

gamesrushingreceivingfumbles
seasonteamggsattydsavglngtdrecydsavglongtdfumlost
2017NE16013675.220017770--
2016NE140144402157.5130--
2015NE152632073.3140191809.5632--
2014NE16228893.217128440--
2013NE122552714.9463211527.2180--
2012NE100562744.92722115.5110--
TOTAL2169124.2466473737.963200

Recent Games

rushingreceivingfumbles
wkopresultattydsavglngtdrecydsavglongtdfumlost
17NYJW 26-69465.120017770--
16BUFW 37-1622010120-------
15@PITW 27-24------------
14@MIAL 20-27------------
13@BUFW 23-3------------
12MIAW 35-17------------
11@OAKW 33-8------------
10@DENW 41-16210.520-------
8LACW 21-13------------
7ATLW 23-7------------
6@NYJW 24-17------------
5@TBW 19-14------------
4CARL 30-33------------
3HOUW 36-33------------
2@NOW 36-20------------
1KCL 27-42------------

rushing

yearteamgattatt/gydsavgyds/gtdlng1st1st%20+40+fum
2017NE16130.8675.24.2020323.1100
2016NE1410.1440.3040-000
2015NE15634.22073.313.8014914.3000
2014NE16281.8893.25.6117414.3000
2013NE12554.62714.922.63461425.5210
2012NE10565.62744.927.42271832.1400
TOTAL 832162.69124.2116464822.2710

receiving

yearteamgrecydsavgyds/glngtd20+40+1stfum
2017NE161770.4700010
2016NE142157.51.11300010
2015NE15191809.5126321180
2014NE162840.5400000
2013NE12211527.212.71800060
2012NE102115.51.11100010
TOTAL 83473737.94.563211170

fumbles

yearteamgfumlostffown fropp frown ydsopp ydstdoobsftytb
2017NE16-----------
2016NE14---1-0-----
2015NE15-------0---
2014NE16-------0---
2013NE12-------0---
2012NE10-------0---
TOTAL 8300-10000000

defensive

yearteamgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
2017NE168710-0-----
2016NE144400-0-----
2015NE15321000-----
2014NE16642000-----
2013NE12101000-----
2012NE10550000-----
TOTAL 8327225000000-0

preseason

gamesrushingreceivingfumbles
wkgame dateoppresultggsattydsavglngtdrecydsavglongtdfumlost
108/10/2017JAXL 31-2410533-240224-200--
208/19/2017@HOUL 23-2710833-13000--0--
308/25/2017@DETW 30-2810------------
408/31/2017NYGL 40-3800------------
TOTAL 301366-240224-200--

regular season

gamesrushingreceivingfumbles
wkgame dateoppresultggsattydsavglngtdrecydsavglongtdfumlost
109/07/2017KCL 42-2710------------
209/17/2017@NOW 36-2010------------
309/24/2017HOUW 33-3610------------
410/01/2017CARL 33-3010------------
510/05/2017@TBW 19-1410------------
610/15/2017@NYJW 24-1710------------
710/22/2017ATLW 7-2310------------
810/29/2017LACW 13-2110------------
1011/12/2017@DENW 41-161021-20-------
1111/19/2017@OAKW 33-810------------
1211/26/2017MIAW 17-3510------------
1312/03/2017@BUFW 23-310------------
1412/11/2017@MIAL 20-2710------------
1512/17/2017@PITW 27-2410------------
1612/24/2017BUFW 16-3710220-120-------
1712/31/2017NYJW 6-2610946-20017-70--
TOTAL 1601367-20017-70--

postseason

gamesrushingreceivingfumbles
wkgame dateoppresultggsattydsavglngtdrecydsavglongtdfumlost
1901/13/2018TENW 14-3510427-201-------
2001/21/2018JAXW 20-2410------------
2202/04/2018PHIL 41-3310------------
TOTAL 30427-201-------

rushing splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Atlanta Falcons1------
Buffalo Bills2220101201
Carolina Panthers1------
Denver Broncos1210.5200
Houston Texans1------
Kansas City Chiefs1------
Los Angeles Chargers1------
Miami Dolphins2------
New Orleans Saints1------
New York Jets29465.12002
Oakland Raiders1------
Pittsburgh Steelers1------
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1------

rushing splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Outside Own Division10210.5200
vs AFC Teams1213675.22003
vs NFC Teams4------
vs Own Division6116662003

rushing splits - split by MONTH

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
December5116662003
November3210.5200
October5------
September3------

rushing splits - split by STADIUM

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Estadio Azteca (Mexico City)1------
Gillette Stadium8116662003
Hard Rock Stadium1------
Heinz Field1------
Mercedes-Benz Superdome1------
MetLife Stadium1------
New Era Field1------
Raymond James Stadium1------
Sports Authority Field at Mile High1210.5200

rushing splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Losses3------
Wins1313675.22003

rushing splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Mondays1------
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)2------
Sundays1313675.22003

receiving splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Atlanta Falcons1---------
Buffalo Bills2---------
Carolina Panthers1---------
Denver Broncos1---------
Houston Texans1---------
Kansas City Chiefs1---------
Los Angeles Chargers1---------
Miami Dolphins2---------
New Orleans Saints1---------
New York Jets217771-000
Oakland Raiders1---------
Pittsburgh Steelers1---------
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1---------

receiving splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Outside Own Division10---------
vs AFC Teams1217771-000
vs NFC Teams4---------
vs Own Division617771-000

receiving splits - split by MONTH

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
December517771-000
November3---------
October5---------
September3---------

receiving splits - split by STADIUM

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Estadio Azteca (Mexico City)1---------
Gillette Stadium817771-000
Hard Rock Stadium1---------
Heinz Field1---------
Mercedes-Benz Superdome1---------
MetLife Stadium1---------
New Era Field1---------
Raymond James Stadium1---------
Sports Authority Field at Mile High1---------

receiving splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Losses3---------
Wins1317771-000

receiving splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Mondays1---------
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)2---------
Sundays1317771-000

defensive splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Atlanta Falcons11100-0-----
Buffalo Bills20----------
Carolina Panthers11100-0-----
Denver Broncos11100-0-----
Houston Texans12200-0-----
Kansas City Chiefs10----------
Los Angeles Chargers11100-0-----
Miami Dolphins21010-0-----
New Orleans Saints10----------
New York Jets21100-0-----
Oakland Raiders10----------
Pittsburgh Steelers10----------
Tampa Bay Buccaneers10----------

defensive splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Outside Own Division106600-0-----
vs AFC Teams126510-0-----
vs NFC Teams42200-0-----
vs Own Division62110-0-----

defensive splits - split by MONTH

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
December51010-0-----
November31100-0-----
October54400-0-----
September32200-0-----

defensive splits - split by STADIUM

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Estadio Azteca (Mexico City)10----------
Gillette Stadium85500-0-----
Hard Rock Stadium11010-0-----
Heinz Field10----------
Mercedes-Benz Superdome10----------
MetLife Stadium11100-0-----
New Era Field10----------
Raymond James Stadium10----------
Sports Authority Field at Mile High11100-0-----

defensive splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Losses32110-0-----
Wins136600-0-----

defensive splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
Mondays11010-0-----
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)20----------
Sundays137700-0-----

Rushing splits - FIELD TYPE

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Grass5210.5200
Turf11116662003

Rushing splits - HOME/AWAY

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Home Games8116662003
Road Games8210.5200

Rushing splits - POINT SITUATIONAL

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Ahead13675.22003
Ahead by 1-8 Points------
Ahead by 9-16 Points2115.5901
Tied------

Rushing splits - HALF

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
1st Half2115.5901
2nd Half11565.12002
Last Two Minutes of Half5244.81202

Rushing splits - FIELD TYPE POSITION

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Opp 19-1 - by Yard Line133300
Opp 49-20 - by Yard Line7314.41202
Own 1-20 - by Yard Line------
Own 21-50 - by Yard Line5336.62001

Rushing splits - QUARTERS

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
1st Quarter------
2nd Quarter2115.5901
3rd Quarter133300
4th Quarter10535.32002

Rushing splits - ATTEMPTS

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Attempts 1-Through-1013675.22003

Rushing splits - MARGIN

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Margin 0-76------
Margin 15+913675.22003
Margin 8-141------