1X-factor: Ameer Abdullah
Brandon Bolden has picked his spots as a functional pass-catching back, but never more than last season, when he reeled in 41 receptions for 405 yards. If this is a sign of things to come, Ameer Abdullah might stand in the way of a fantasy-irrelevant Bolden and a deep-league-streaming Bolden.
2Larger role in store?
Josh Jacobs’ fifth year wasn’t picked up, and Zamir White has dealt with injuries throughout his amateur (and now early professional) career. There’s a narrow, but realistic path for Bolden to earn one or more spot starts as an experienced, efficient runner with three-down appeal.
3Age, age, age
Bolden is 32 years old. Based on more than a decade of historical data, this is well beyond “middle age” for an NFL back. Although he doesn’t appear to be slowing down, we can’t understate the impact advancing age has on football players, and particularly running backs.