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Bolden has been a pleasant surprise.
A dark-horse candidate since he was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss, tailback Brandon Bolden has beaten the odds.
The downhill runner seized a roster spot due to his versatility showcased during the preseason. Since then, he has earned his share of carries out of the backfield.
Often compared to fellow Rebel BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bolden certainly has his own skill set. He too is 5'11" and roughly 220 pounds, but he's proven to be more of a pass-catching presence than Green-Ellis was with the Patriots.
In the first few games of his NFL career, Bolden has played some special teams, but that's certainly not all he's done.
Heading into Week 4, Bolden had seven carries for 15 yards and a touchdown to his name. Against the Buffalo Bills, however, the Patriots unleashed the ground-and-pound running game. Bolden ran with an agenda, totaling 137 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
Not many people could have predicted what Bolden has done so far in New England.
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