Matthew Slater: Patriots ‘excited' to have Brandon Bolden back on roster

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Brandon Bolden returned to the New England Patriots this offseason on a two-year contract, and Matthew Slater is very excited to have the special teams ace/running back on the roster again.

“It’s been great,” Slater told reporters Tuesday, via NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran.

“I texted (Bolden) right away when I saw that we had signed him back. That’s another guy who’s just been a really good friend over the years. I certainly don’t think I’m alone when I say that he was missed last year, his presence in the locker room. His personality is so unique, and we’re excited to have him back.”

Bolden played in all 16 games last season for the Miami Dolphins. It was his first and only season with the Dolphins after spending the first six years of his career in New England.

The 29-year-old figures to be a key special teams player for the Patriots in 2019, in addition to the versatility he can provide as a running back when needed.

The offseason addition of Bolden, plus the returns of John Simon and Slater, should make the Patriots special teams a stronger unit in 2019 after a somewhat disappointing performance last season.

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