Brandon Bolden explains return to Patriots: 'The grass always isn’t greener on the other side'


FOXBORO -- Brandon Bolden was away for the Patriots for one season when he spent last year with the Dolphins, but after re-signing with the team this offseason he said it feels like he never left.

One of the reasons why? His locker stayed the game and no one ever used it.

 “Pretty much [feels like I never left]," he said speaking Thursday at Gillette Stadium following a voluntary offseason workout. "My locker’s still the same. They left all my stuff in there.” 

Bolden spent the first six years of his career with the Patriots and admitted he didn't think the team would have reached out again this offseason, a year after cutting him at the end of training camp.

“I was very surprised," he said. "It was actually funny, the day before, my wife asked me, she was like, ‘Would you want to go back?’ And I was like, ‘I mean, it would be easy. I know the system. I know everybody there. Even with the coaches leaving, I still know everybody there.’ And sure enough, the next day, I got a phone call, so it was great.

"I’m happy to be back, excited to get back to work. I missed this place. It’s like home.”

Bolden added: “Like I said, it was a lot easier. Even the stint in Miami, I had a great time, but it was kind of hard because it was a different system, new people. I had to learn the players, learn the coaches, learn the system. And here, I don’t have to do that. I mean, they might change a few players here and there and a couple new faces everywhere, but it’s not that hard. So it’s almost the same thing. It’s like you grew up in this hometown your entire life, I went off to college for a few years and now I’m back home and everything’s still the same where I left it. So it’s pretty good.”

The veteran had his first losing season last year, which gave him a new perspective on the game and what it is like to play in New England.

“The grass always isn’t greener on the other side," he said. "You kind of step out, and you always hear stories of people coming here and [saying], ‘Yeah, we did this there and we did this.’ No, we do this all one way. And I had my mindset going down there that I was going to keep everything the same, and it was like — we clashed on a lot of things. We talked about a lot of things. But here, stuff works for a reason. And that’s why I said — I’m going to keep saying it — this is home. I can’t help it.”

With Bolden back in the fold, the Patriots now have a running back depth chart of Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead and Bolden, although the majority of his contributions will come on special teams.