FOXBORO — Within the six months Brandon Bolden was gone, his locker at Gillette Stadium remained untouched.
Bolden’s buddies on the Patriots — and there are quite a number of of them — reminded him of this throughout the 2018 season. Before one recreation, power coach Moses Cabrera texted Bolden to let him know that his chair was nonetheless there. Bolden remained in close contact with lots of his former teammates, including locker room neighbor James White, and even noticed his previous squad twice through the yr.
The primary was a 38-7 Pats blowout over Bolden and the Dolphins.
The second was the Miami Miracle.
Bolden had an ideal operating again score, carrying two occasions for 60 yards and two touchdowns as the Dolphins pulled out probably the most unbelievable wins in recent times.
Bolden, who re-signed on a two-yr cope with New England earlier this offseason, possible figured the Miami Miracle can be mentioned during at present’s interview.
“I do not know what you’re talking about,” Bolden stated, smiling.
Ever brag about it within the locker room?
“No, I legit don’t speak about it,” he deadpanned.
Bolden did talk about his one yr in Miami, which he in comparison with going away to school. An undrafted free agent in 2012, Bolden had spent the primary six years of his professional career in New England. He was minimize on the end of 2018 coaching camp, nevertheless, and latched on with the Dolphins.
“Oh man, six months in 90-diploma weather? It wasn’t dangerous,” Bolden stated. “It was undoubtedly a learning experience. I had a good time. I met a whole lot of nice individuals, some great gamers down there. However that is residence…I’m joyful to be again, excited to get again to work. I missed this place.”
In some methods, Bolden felt like he never left.
“For some unusual purpose, each time I did one thing, I might hear Invoice (Belichick) cussing me out like, ‘No, that’s not how we do it,’” Bolden stated. “And I used to be like, ‘You’re right. I’ve obtained to do it the proper method.’ I had great coaching. I had such a fantastic employees in my time being here, and it simply carried me all by way of last yr. Like, the whole time.”
Bolden figures to upgrade the special groups models, which ranked seventh-worst overlaying kickoffs (24.6 yards per return) and punts (10.2 yards per return) this past season. He’ll slide in behind Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead, and White on the operating back depth chart.
Wondering what the Patriots coaching employees will appear to be subsequent season?
Stephon Gilmore seems curious, too.
Speaking with reporters yesterday, Gilmore stated that players have not but been informed of their place coaches.
“They haven’t informed us, so we’re just type of just understanding right now,” Gilmore stated. “Little meetings, but nothing that we all know but.”
New England’s defensive employees, particularly, seems unsettled. Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano abruptly resigned in March. The Pats additionally lost linebackers coach/defensive playcaller Brian Flores to the Dolphins, defensive position coach Brendan Daly to the Chiefs, and cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer to the Dolphins.
Presently, Steve Belichick is the one defensive position coach listed on the workforce’s web site (although Jerod Mayo introduced that he’s joining the employees).
Whatever the uncertainty in April, Gilmore is assured that the Pats teaching turnover gained’t be a problem.
“We’ve received a fantastic coach (in Bill Belichick),” Gilmore stated. “It’s the Nationwide Soccer League. Individuals go and are available, so (you’ve) received to be able to regulate. I’m pretty positive the coaches we now have will put us in one of the best position to make performs.”
Patriots receiver Demaryius Thomas is lots conversant in his new teammates. As a member of the Broncos, Thomas confronted the Pats 10 occasions since getting into the league.
New England cornerback Stephon Gilmore drew the Thomas task of their most recent matchup, a forty one-sixteen Patriots win in Week 10 of the 2017 season.
Thomas caught 5 passes on eight targets for 44 yards and a touchdown.
“He’s an amazing player,” Gilmore stated. “He’s made lots of great performs on this league, and he’s robust to cowl, robust to deliver down. Couple things that stand out with him — robust, explosive. Hopefully he might help us win games.”