It was revealed that New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden suffered an ankle sprain in the offseason, which is why he was unable to take part in any of the organized team activities. However, the 23-year-old is expected to be healed and ready to go once training camp opens up. Do the Patriots believe Bolden has what it takes to be a factor for the team in 2013?
“Bolden suffered the ankle sprain while lifting weights on his own, when he didn’t have his ankle planted correctly, a source familiar with the injury said,” ESPN NFL Analyst Adam Schefter wrote last week, according to Patriots.com. “He is scheduled to meet with team trainers on Monday and believes his ankle has healed sufficiently, according to a source.”
Bolden rushed for 274 yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries in 10 games in his rookie season. New England’s passing game could take a hit without either of the team’s tight ends expected to be available for the start of the season. Aaron Hernandez will most likely never step foot on the gridiron again while Rob Gronkowski is still dealing with back and arm injuries. Even with Tom Brady’s elite arm, the Patriots will be forced to run the ball quite a bit.
Bolden showed plenty of potential last season, which means the Patriots will certainly consider making room on the 53-man roster for him, depending on what he does in training camp. With that being said, New England must be sure that his ankle will hold up throughout the season. Also, they want to know he is done with his performance enhancing drug use that saw him get suspended four games in 2012.
There is no question Bolden could be a factor for the Patriots, but he will have to prove he is a necessary piece to the puzzle in order for the organization to have confidence in him.