Posts Tagged ‘Brandon Bolden’

Without the Football: Exploring the Presence of Patriots Halfback Shane Vereen

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
In a 33-20 defeat, Shane Vereen left an impact on the Dolphins defense. (Steve Mitchell - USA Today Sports Images)

In Sunday’s 33-20 loss, Shane Vereen left an imprint on the Dolphins defense. His seven carries and five catches were only part of why. (Steve Mitchell – USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

There’s something to be said for dictating an opponent’s movements. Shane Vereen’s utilization has helped him do so.

That was on display Sunday, as the New England Patriots opened up the 2014 season against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The 5’10”, 205-pound running back caught five passes for 35 yards, and he handled seven carries for 36 yards and a goal-line touchdown as well.

But Vereen’s impact in a 33-20 defeat was about more than what he did with the football. Over his 53 snaps, it was often about what he did without it.

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Changing Pace: The Reemergence of Patriots Running Back Brandon Bolden

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Brandon Bolden’s season debut versus the Buccaneers provided a spark for the Patriots offense. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

On May 10, 2012, undrafted Ole Miss running back Brandon Bolden signed his first NFL contract. Inking a three-year, $1.45 million deal with the New England Patriots sent Bolden down the same road as another 5’11”, 220-pound undrafted Runnin’ Rebel with dreadlocks named BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

The comparisons to New England’s former 1,000-yard rusher were there from the onset. But it would take more than comparisons for Bolden to stick around Foxborough, Mass.

It would take ability.

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2013 Patriots Final Roster Projection: James Christensen

Friday, August 30th, 2013
Patriots Roster

Brandon Bolden is firmly on the roster bubble.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

After four job interviews, the Patriots are ready to hire 53 players to compete this year. Some were easy decisions, while others are going to have the interview teams locked in debate well into the night.

Here is my last prediction of how Bill Belichick is going to assemble his team.

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Brandon Bolden Suspended for PED Use

Friday, November 9th, 2012

NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee

Running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended for PED use https://twitter.com/pfwpaul/status/267011031430217728“>according to Patriots Football Weekly’s Paul Perillo. The NFL has no disclosed which drug Bolden tested positive for. Bolden will be eligible to return to the team on December 3rd.

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Have the Patriots Become A Run-First Offense?

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Stevan Ridley Patriots RB

Is Stevan Ridley the Patriots first option?

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his ability to pass the ball has been the backbone of the Patriots’ offense ever since Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe in 2001, led the team to a Super Bowl and started building one of the greatest quarterback careers of all-time.

The Patriots’ offense has a different look and feel, however, this season.

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Brandon Bolden’s Success: What Does it Mean for Shane Vereen?

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Brandon Bolden Shane Vereen

Is Brandon Bolden making Shane Vereen expendable? (Photo: US Presswire)


NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots drafted California running back Shane Vereen with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, there was an expectation that he would become an immediate and long-term contributor for their offense.

A quick, elusive runner with good receiving skills, who ran for 2,834 rushing yards over three college seasons, Vereen came into the league projected at least to be a contributing situational back in the NFL.

Just four games into his second season, Vereen is far from being on track to those expectations.

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Patriots vs Bills: Brady Leads Offensive Explosion

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Tom Brady and the Patriots got back on track this week at Buffalo (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

This week, the New England Patriots rebounded from their previous two losses by defeating the Buffalo Bills 52-28 thanks to 45 second-half points. The Patriots racked up 580 yards of total offense and dominated Buffalo through the air as well as on the ground. They forced six turnovers on defense while committing just one penalty.

Tom Brady looked sharp, throwing for 340 yards and scoring four total touchdowns (including one on the ground.) All of New England’s major receiving targets found roles, and running backs Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley punished Buffalo’s run defense. Read on for some of the major storylines behind New England’s victory.

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