screen-shot-2017-04-08-at-10-40-50-amBy Max Cohen 4/7/2017

He’s a player that puts the special in special teams, and he is staying in New England. The Patriots have re-signed special teams standout and and running back Brandon Bolden. He signed a one-year deal worth $775,000.

Bolden joined the Patriots in 2012 as an undrafted free agent. Only two other players remain on the team from that rookie class, Dont’a Hightower and Nate Ebner. Although Bolden is listed as a running back, he takes a majority of his snaps on special teams. That’s where he makes his biggest impact.

Last year, he recorded two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery Don’t expect his offensive snaps to increase if LeGarrette Blount isn’t re-signed.

The Patriots already have four other running backs on the roster. Bolden has just 203 carries for 845 yards total in his career, which is not exactly impressive after being in the league for five years.

Head Coach Bill Belichick heaped praised on Bolden during a postgame conference in 2015, saying, “He’s been through it all – running game, passing game, blitz pickup, special teams – multiple roles in that. He’s a smart guy. You can always count on him.”

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also commented on Bolden’s work ethic. “There’s always been a lot of talent with Brandon and his dependability and his ability to do a lot of different things within our offense has just improved with each year that he’s been here. Brandon’s a good runner and he does a lot of things that are really valuable to our football team, whether it be on offense or in the kicking game.” McDaniels said.