FOXBORO -- Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley combined for 243 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills.
But as everybody in New England knows, that doesn't necessarily mean the Patriots will go back to stressing their ground-attack on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Bolden even went so far as to say that he has to put the "blinders" on this week, entering their Week 5 game.
"It happened. It was in the past. And now we're moving on," said Bolden before Thursday's practice.
It's the way they do business in New England. Only, when Bolden said it on Thursday, it actually sounded like he believed it to be true.
"I have no clue," said Bolden, when asked what his role in this week's game will be. "You never know. We might go in with one game plan and do something differently."
Regardless of how much playing time Bolden gets against the Broncos, he knows he'll have to be ready, either way. It's an aspect of the Patriots' young running back group, that he says is their most important trait.
"We all realize that we are a young group, and I guess we kind of embrace that, as a group," said Bolden. "We all know that we have to pick each other up . . . We try to make each other better. That's pretty much our game plan.
"It's the NFL. You never know what can happen. A guy might go down, you never know. That's why everybody has to be on point. And I think that's what our group is real good at."
FOXBORO — It's safe to say Chris Hogan, David Andrews and Marcus Cannon won't play Sunday against the Dolphins.:
The trio was not on the field for the media portion of Friday’s practice, completing a week in which the three did not practice at all. Hogan has been out with a shoulder injury, while Andrews missed last week’s win over the Raiders due to illness and Cannon has been dealing with an ankle injury.
Martellus Bennett was also absent, making it two straight days in which he did not take the field. Bennett, who was released by Green Bay this season amid questions of whether he would undergo surgery, is listed on the injury report with shoulder and hamstring issues.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots will see some familiar faces Sunday when they play the Dolphins and former New England interior lineman Ted Larsen.
Then again, a suddenly interesting Bill Belichick noted Friday, the Patriots are used to seeing their players of seasons past end up elsewhere. In his estimation, the Patriots see their former players stay in the league moreso than most other organizations.
“There’s 70-something guys in the league like that that have been here and are playing for somebody else, or whatever the number is,” Belichick said when asked about facing Larsen. “It’s a lot. Seventy to 90, somewhere in there, depending on how you want to count the practice-squad players and today’s waiver wire vs. yesterday’s waiver wire. There’s a lot of guys out there. It’s one of the highest numbers in the league.”
Asked to clarify, Belichick responded, “I think we have more [former] players that are playing on other teams than other teams [do], or one of them. I don’t know if we’re the highest. We’re one of the highest; I can tell you that. We’re up there pretty high, but it depends on how you want to count them: starters, roster players, IR, practice squad. You can run the list that you run and count them up how you want to count them up, but we’d be up there pretty high.”
Belichick loosely estimated that there might be an average of three former Pats per team in the NFL. Of course, the actual number varies from team to team, with the Colts’ roster essentially looking like a Patriots museum.
Interestingly enough, the question of the total number was explored this offseason by Pats Pulpit, who determined in May that there were 91 former Patriots on other rosters.