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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Bolden: 'I left it all out there'

By Mike Rodak

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With the preseason now concluded, Patriots running back Brandon Bolden had a chance after Wednesday night's game to reflect on his preseason performance as a whole.

"I know that I left it all out there," Bolden said. "Just giving 110 (percent), as much as I could. Just trying to make it work."

Bolden, along with defensive lineman Justin Francis, has stood out among the Patriots' crop of undrafted free agents. With top backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen out with injuries, Bolden had 15 carries for 59 yards Wednesday night.

"Everybody kind of wished for the opportunity. I had big expectations for myself," Bolden said. "As far as how much workload I was going to get, I didn't know. It was just going in and trying to maximize every opportunity, each and every time."

While Bolden showed some burst on offense, he had a snafu on special teams, misjudging a second-quarter punt, forcing teammate Jeff Demps to recover the punt deep in New England territory.

"Still got to work on my punt return game, of course," Bolden said. "But I felt like I did pretty good."

Now the Ole Miss product, along with dozens of other Patriots players, will be on edge over the next 48 hours, as roster cuts must be turned in by 9 p.m. on Friday. Bolden knew that tonight would be his last chance to make an impression.

"I took that thought just two weeks ago and tried to store it away, and tried not to think about it as much as possible," he said. "Even though that is true, it kind of hinders your game if you let that float in the back of your mind."