The Raiders brought in a very talented depth running back in Brandon Bolden, who is expecting big things from Josh McDaniels in Las Vegas.
Heading into the 2022 NFL season, the Las Vegas Raiders knew they needed to make wholesale changes on both sides of the ball. Sure, they made the playoffs last season for the second time since the 2002 campaign, but with a new general manager and head coach coming to town, new faces were going to emerge.
With Dave Ziegler and Josh McDaniels coming over from New England, it was no big shock when some former Patriots were targeted by the Silver and Black. One such player was Brandon Bolden, a tremendously versatile running back who had some great seasons under McDaniels in New England.
Bolden jumped at the chance to join the Raiders and McDaniels in Las Vegas, and now we know why.
Speaking with Jim Rome on The Jim Rome Show, Bolden went into how he feels about joining his former coach in Las Vegas, and what he expects McDaniels to bring to the table with the Raiders. His expectation is that ‘Josh is going to be Josh,’ and that is a great thing for this Raiders organization.
You can hear the audio of the interview here.
Raiders’ new RB Brandon Bolden is going to play a big role in McDaniels’ offense
For Bolden, McDaniels is seen as a perfectionist and one who is going to put his players in a position to succeed every time out. For McDaniels, the feeling is mutual, as he had glowing things to say about Bolden, and you can expect him to play a big role in this offense in 2022.
The Raiders bring back a Pro Bowl talent in Josh Jacobs, and a very talented backup in Kenyan Drake, but Bolden will be able to carve out his own role within this offense. In New England, Bolden appeared in nearly every game across the last four seasons and proved himself to be a durable, swiss army knife for McDaniels.
Last year, he hauled in a career-high 41 passes for a little over 400 receiving yards, while going for over 600 all-purpose yards on offense. With Las Vegas, you can expect the same kind of impact.
The Las Vegas Raiders got a possible future Hall of Fame wideout this offseason, but it is the defense that could show the most improvement.
Bolden is one of those signings that is going to make this offense a lot better, and he gives McDaniels a player he can trust. In his second stint as a head coach, McDaniels is surrounding himself with the talent to succeed right away, and bringing Bolden with him could prove huge for the Silver and Black.
For the complete interview with Bolden on The Jim Rome Show, you can hear that here as well.