Brandon Bolden: ‘I left it all out there on the field’
|08.30.12 at 12:41 am ET|
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The way Brandon Bolden looks at it, he’s enjoyed his time with the Patriots.
Will it continue after 9 p.m. ET on Friday?
Well, odds are probably not in his favor so maybe it was for that reason he took his name plate from his Patriots locker following Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to the Giants here at MetLife Stadium. A souvenir, if you will, from the defending AFC champions for the undrafted rookie running back out of Mississippi.
Bolden certainly got enough touches on Wednesday to make an impact and show what he could do.
He ran the ball 15 times for 59 yards for a modest 3.9 yards per carry average. He was targeted six times in the passing game and caught three passes for 16 yards. And he set up New England’s only score with four carries on a second quarter scoring drive.
“I just tried to go in there and take advantage and maximize it each and every time,” Bolden said.
Bolden has quickness in the open field, which is what the Patriots saw in him at Ole Miss. But what might be his undoing is dropping the football. He did it in camp on punt returns. He did it on the opening drive of the game when he dropped a screen pass in the wide open flat. And he muffed a punt in the third quarter that Jeff Demps saved when his fellow rookie covered the misplay.
“Still have to work on my punt return game of course, but I felt like I did pretty good,” Bolden said. “I felt like I left it all out there on the field. Running, pass protection, I tried to do everything I could.”
Did he feel like this was his last chance?
“Basically, I took that thought two weeks ago and just threw it away and tried not to think about it as much as possible, even though that is true,” he said. “But it kind of hinders your game if you do let that float in the back of your mind so I really wasn’t paying attention to it.”
Aside from a name plate, what else will he take from his experience in New England if this was it?
“Just knowing I left it all out there,” he said. “Just give 110 [percent] as much as I could and just make it work.
“Felt like I became a lot more comfortable with the new level. You’re used to playing college for four years and then come in and get four preseason games, you have to adjust yourself to it. That’s where I felt I stepped up.”