MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Brandon Bolden, the running back/special teamer who played six seasons in New England before the Patriots cut him at the end of training camp, had one carry this season for 10 yards.
On Sunday, he got twice as many carries, and both went for touchdowns in the Dolphins’ 34-33 victory Sunday. Early the second quarter, Bolden went off-tackle right, slipped through a seam, and outraced everyone to the end zone for a 54-yard touchdown that put Miami up, 14-13.
“You kind of just practice those plays all week, waiting for a perfect look, and once I got past the safety, I was just like ‘I just hope nobody catches me,’ ” Bolden said. “I even peeked up at the [video] board to make sure nobody was catching me. Just hit the jets and keep running until the whistle blows.”
Once he passed linebacker Dont’a Hightower, Bolden outraced safety Duron Harmon to the end zone.
“Oh man, that was a lot of green grass. I just hoped I didn’t trip and fall because my eyes got too big,” he said.
Later in the quarter, Bolden gave the Dolphins a 21-20 lead on a 6-yard touchdown run to cap a six-play, 75-yard drive. He heaved the ball deep into the stands, but said facing the Patriots was not a motivator for him.
“I treat this game like every other game,’’ he said. “I mean, yeah, it was against the Patriots, my former team, but we could have been out there playing a pee-wee team, I would have felt the same way going out there. I wanted to go out there and win, I wanted to go out there and fight with my team, and that’s what we did today.”
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