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Bolden to receive goal-line carries today (1 Viewer)

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The Patriots are expected to use Brandon Bolden in short-yardage situations and his usual passing-back role in Week 5 at Cincinnati.
This is a concern LeGarrette Blount owners face; Blount always has been terrible in short yardage, and will not play in the passing game because he can't block or catch. While Bolden is a super-dicey flex play because his right knee is clearly not 100 percent, he's very much a threat to Blount's playing time and got goal-line carries ahead of Blount last week. Bottom line: Even with Stevan Ridley inactive, this backfield is a shot in the dark.



Ughhh who is the guy to own today in PPR leagues, Bolden or Blount?

 
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The Patriots are expected to use Brandon Bolden in short-yardage situations and his usual passing-back role in Week 5 at Cincinnati.
This is a concern LeGarrette Blount owners face; Blount always has been terrible in short yardage, and will not play in the passing game because he can't block or catch. While Bolden is a super-dicey flex play because his right knee is clearly not 100 percent, he's very much a threat to Blount's playing time and got goal-line carries ahead of Blount last week. Bottom line: Even with Stevan Ridley inactive, this backfield is a shot in the dark.


Ughhh who is the guy to own today in PPR leagues, Bolden or Blount?
how would someone know this does Bill tell others his game plan? can we trust anyone now?

 
ESPN's Bob Holtzman suggested Sunday LeGarrette Blount is a candidate for 20-plus carries in Week 5 against the Bengals.

Per Holtzman, Blount "could see 20 carries for the first time in two years." Stevan Ridley (knee/thigh) will be inactive, and Shane Vereen is on injured-reserve/designated for return. Brandon Bolden is battling a recurring right knee injury and was spotted limping in the locker room during the week. While we're skeptical Blount will meet Holtzman's 20-carry projection barring a heavy dose of clock-killing work, we certainly wouldn't discourage anyone from using him as a flex play at Cincinnati.
 
The Patriots are expected to use Brandon Bolden in short-yardage situations and his usual passing-back role in Week 5 at Cincinnati.

This is a concern LeGarrette Blount owners face; Blount always has been terrible in short yardage, and will not play in the passing game because he can't block or catch. While Bolden is a super-dicey flex play because his right knee is clearly not 100 percent, he's very much a threat to Blount's playing time and got goal-line carries ahead of Blount last week. Bottom line: Even with Stevan Ridley inactive, this backfield is a shot in the dark.


Source: NESN.com
Oct 6 - 10:37 AM
 
I understand what you are trying to do here, but these videos (especially the 1st one) underscore why Blount isn't as effective a GL runner as he should be. He doesn't utilize his big body very well. He doesn't get his pads low and make it difficult for the D to stand him up and stop his momentum. He "dances" (for lack of a better word). In that first run, the left side was closed off, so he tip-toed a little bit, then ran backwards, got lucky & found a huge hole, and ran to daylight. No NFL coach wants his RB to do that in a GL situation (especially the running backward part). A good GL runner needs to be able to slip through tiny cracks, make holes where there are none, get low and run through tackles. Blount isn't very good at those things. So while those long runs look impressive on the stat sheet (and in the highlights), they don't make a good GL runner.

 
Be aware that this is a Rotoworld editorial. As far as I can tell, the OP quote is complete conjecture. It COULD turn out to be true, but we don't know that this is even based on an unnamed source. What we do know is Bolden is questionable with a knee injury.

 
Who knows? i'm rolling with Blount as: 1) He's looked good, runs hungry

2) Bolden is dinged up. BUT- Brady and wr's are the best play today. I consider this a flex play...

 
I understand what you are trying to do here, but these videos (especially the 1st one) underscore why Blount isn't as effective a GL runner as he should be. He doesn't utilize his big body very well. He doesn't get his pads low and make it difficult for the D to stand him up and stop his momentum. He "dances" (for lack of a better word). In that first run, the left side was closed off, so he tip-toed a little bit, then ran backwards, got lucky & found a huge hole, and ran to daylight. No NFL coach wants his RB to do that in a GL situation (especially the running backward part). A good GL runner needs to be able to slip through tiny cracks, make holes where there are none, get low and run through tackles. Blount isn't very good at those things. So while those long runs look impressive on the stat sheet (and in the highlights), they don't make a good GL runner.
Luckily he wasn't at the goal line. I'm not sure you can say that's how he'd have approached the play if it was actually at the goal line. Kind of silly. But my post was kind of silly, too. I was just joking around. I'm not expecting a touchdown out of him this week, although it would not shock me if he does find paydirt once or twice despite not getting any carries inside the 5.

 

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