Miami Dolphins want special teams dynamo Brandon Bolden on field right away


At one point on Thursday, Brandon Bolden said something or other about “do your job.” Certainly worse things have been said, but Bolden is a member of the Miami Dolphins now. 

If some Patriots ways rub off on the Dolphins, we suppose it’s OK.

The Dolphins snagged Bolden because he’s a special teams dynamo, and the club could really use another. Key special teamers Mike Hull and MarQueis Gray are on injured reserve now, and Gray has no chance to return this season due to an Achilles injury.

Miami coach Adam Gase expects Bolden to play this week. So he must get up to speed quickly.

“Just bring what I’ve been doing the past six years,” Bolden said. “Just bring my experience. My will. My determination to do special teams. I’m here to add on. I’m not here to step on any toes. Or tell anybody what to do. I’m learning like the rest of the rookies here.”

Dolphins special teams coach Darren Rizzi told Bolden he’s glad he doesn’t have to work against him any more. Dolphins special teams leader Walt Aikens said he felt the same way.

Aikens essentially explained Bolden was a player who would come from nowhere during the craziness of a special teams demolition derby.

“You get used to seeing bodies flying around,” Bolden said. “Something you weren’t used to, coming out of college. You get used to knowing your guys and how they block. Once you kind of get that, you know how you can operate, and as they say in New England, how you can do your job. That’s what I kind of want to show everybody here and just express that a little bit. I’m not here to change anything that they’ve been doing. Because they’ve been good.”

Bolden admitted after playing his entire career in New England, this week has been a challenge.

“So that’s kind of my struggle I’m having right now,” Bolden said. “I’m used to everything being one way. And now it’s a new team, new coordinator, new terminology. So I’m trying to hit the books as much as possible. And they’re giving me every opportunity to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can.”

Bolden did everything at New England. He played inside on special teams. He played outside on special teams. They schemed up very specific things to tailor to his strengths.

And, according to Amendola, he was a very good teammate.

 “Definitely number one reference right there,” Bolden said.

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