Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears said he feels confident running back Damien Harris will "step up to the plate" after his late-game fumble against the Dolphins. "We have not had a problem with him," Fears said.
There were stories Monday the Patriots were going limit Harris' workload as a result of his fumble. With Sony Michel now in LA, next up is rookie Stevenson, but Stevenson fumbled in the game as well and lost playing time, and the Patriots aren't loaded with safer options. So this is at least a good sign the team will continue to trust Harris. Harris now comes with some risk in Week 2 until we see his workload.
New England running back Brandon Bolden has decided to opt out, according to multiple reports.
All NFL players have the option to opt out of the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They will receive a stipend for living expenses in 2020 and then the 2020 season on their contracts will move to 2021. Bolden is deep down our draft board but is mostly a special teams player for the Patriots.
Oct 18, 2019 · 7:33 PM EDT
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (foot) took limited practice reps Thursday. This is the same program as last week when he was ultimately ruled out. We wouldn't gamble on a gimpy part-timer who may or may not play on Monday night. If he's out, it will boost the prospects of Sony Michel and James White. Brandon Bolden will continue to vulture touchdowns from that duo.
Sep 20, 2019 · 8:58 PM EDT
Patriots RB Brandon Bolden (hamstring) took full practice reps all week.