Brandon Bolden back to Patriots, a year after they made him think he sucked

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When the Patriots cut Brandon Bolden last year, he took it hard.

Bolden says that when he got cut by Bill Belichick, he figured that if the NFL’s best coach didn’t want him, he must not be a very good player.

“I learned a lot. I’m a lot stronger than I thought, because I just — when I left, I was like, ‘This is going to suck. I suck at football. This is just so bad,’” Bolden said, via the Providence Journal. “And sometimes you’ve got to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, just go back to work and stick to the grind.

Bolden spent last year with the Dolphins and put enough on tape that Belichick wanted him back, and the Patriots re-signed him this year. Bolden said he continued to think about Belichick’s coaching even while playing for another team.

“I learned a lot, and for some strange reason, every time I did something, I could hear Bill cussing me out like, ‘No, that’s not how we do it.’ And I was like, ‘You’re right, I’ve got to do it the right way.’ I had great coaching. I had such a great staff in my time being here, and it just carried me all through last year. Like, the entire time,” Bolden said.

When Bolden became a free agent in March, it was his wife who predicted the Patriots would want him back, and he was thrilled to learn they did.

“I was very surprised, Bolden said. “It was actually funny, the day before, my wife asked me, she was like, ‘Would you want to go back?’ And I was like, ‘I mean, it would be easy. I know the system. I know everybody there. Even with the coaches leaving, I still know everybody there.’ And sure enough, the next day, I got a phone call, so it was great. I’m happy to be back, excited to get back to work. I missed this place. It’s like home.”

Bolden is joining a crowded backfield in New England, with Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and James Develin in the mix. But his contract with the Patriots includes $2 million guaranteed, so he appears to have a roster spot assured. He wouldn’t have that if Belichick thought he sucked.

18 responses to “Brandon Bolden back to Patriots, a year after they made him think he sucked

  1. “Bolden said he continued to think about Belichick’s coaching even while playing for another team.

    “I learned a lot, and for some strange reason, every time I did something, I could hear Bill cussing me out like, ‘No, that’s not how we do it.’ ”

    So essentially he’s saying he got back coaching from Gase and his staff that didn’t correct him when he made mistakes. Doesn’t bode well for the Jets this season with Gase at the helm

  2. Doesn’t really have to worry about the backfield competition as he is there to play special teams.

  3. Notice all the ex-Pats (or even Browns) who trash BB? None. In 18yrs I can only think of only Moss being a little antsy but later rowed back (and wanted another stint). Even Butler merely said “they gave up on me” (before Belichick was proven right to have). Just think all the guys who’ve been through there. Not bad for supposedly the hardest HC to play for.

    Now compare that to most other teams wherein a third that time there’d be some bad blood, or the Steelers where it’s a weekly do. But salty Seth Wickersham noticed one time in 2017 when Brady didn’t say “bless you” as BB sneezed and decided the team must be imploding.

  4. superpatriotsfan says:
    April 19, 2019 at 12:06 pm
    Patriots are getting desperate.

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    Um what 🤨? The Patriots have made a living the past two decades rom guys like Bolden. A guy who is not a star or even a starter but can contribute in multiple ways or is just the hardest working guy on the roster. I don’t know much about Bolden, honestly, but if Belichick wants him back, I’d say there’s something to him. Sorry but I’m trusting Belichick’s talent evaluation just a little more than yours

  5. Interesting quote. It’s makes Adam Gase look pretty bad that Bolden was getting better coaching from a guy who wasn’t there than the guy who was.

  6. Patriot fans like Brandon Bolden for his valuable special teams play but every once in awhile they need him to carry the ball in a play or two and more often than not he gets some big yards and even a quick first down. I wouldn’t be putting Bolden down at all. Belichick see great value in having him on the team.

  7. only a slightly misleading headline

    BB and Pats fans always loved him and probably gave him chances that no other team would – many thought he’d be cut years before – BB’s ST bullpen is always a bit overcrowded – Bolden does certain things very well and others capably, but has ltd upside as a regular

  8. BobbyHanks63 says:
    April 19, 2019 at 12:58 pm
    Patriot fans like Brandon Bolden for his valuable special teams play but every once in awhile they need him to carry the ball in a play or two and more often than not he gets some big yards and even a quick first down. I wouldn’t be putting Bolden down at all. Belichick see great value in having him on the team.

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    I can see BB using Bolden to replace some of the things for wich the Patriots used Cordarelle Patterson last season. Special teams return guy…..big guy out of the backfield when other RBs are injured…

  9. Nothing really complicated about this signing. BB does not like to give up hidden yardage. Special teams cost the Patriots last year and BB is addressing that. It may not be the glamor shot everyone loves in the off season but it helps in an area that can and will determine the outcome of the game. Special teams cost the Panthers when their kicker kicked the ball out of bounds in the Patriots superbowl.Another special teams player they say and I say… Duh.

  10. It probably helped that he didn’t “go all Dion Lewis” after that game in Miami last season… Burning bridges can be expensive when you least expect it.

  11. Bill is the GOAT. I read a story about the Steelers and guys they cut in training camp that was very funny since most ended up in the H.O.F. When cutting Johnny U they told him hey you have a good arm but you are not big enough to make in the N.F.L.

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