Something bold, something new

October, 4, 2012
10/04/12
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has been compared to BenJarvus Green-Ellis early in his NFL career, but Bolden has gotten off to an even stronger start than the former Patriots and current Cincinnati Bengals running back did in New England.

With 137 rushing yards in Sunday's win in Buffalo, Bolden propelled himself onto the national radar, and on Thursday, spoke to a large group of reporters about his emerging role in the Patriots backfield.

"It's great. We all realize that we are a young group, and I guess we kind of embrace that as a group," Bolden said. "Because we all know that we have to pick each other up. We try to make each other better. That's pretty much our game plan."

While Green-Ellis began his rookie season on the practice squad, Bolden made the 53-man roster out of the preseason, and could be on his way to earning a more consistent role alongside Stevan Ridley.

Bolden, however, isn't thinking that far ahead.

"Blinders. Not worry about last week," Bolden said when asked about the key to staying focused. "Last week happened, now we're getting ready for Denver, we have them coming here. Just forget about it. It was a game, see it, yeah, yay, yippie, everybody was happy. It happened, it's in the past, and now we're moving on."

Both Ridley and Bolden rushed for over 100 yards on Sunday, the first time two Patriots backs have combined for at least 100 yards rushing in a single game since 1980.

"Offense line did a great job of giving everybody a chance to run," Bolden said. "After that, it was pretty much anything I had to give the defense."

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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