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Bolden is a fan of Pats' trade for ex-teammate Isaiah Ford

Patriots

What's the skinny on the New England Patriots' 2020 NFL trade deadline acquisition?

Brandon Bolden is a good person to ask.

The Patriots running back spent the 2018 season as Isaiah Ford's teammate on the Dolphins and worked beside the wide receiver in Miami's offense.

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So, as some fans and pundits ripped New England for adding a relative no-name at wide receiver, Bolden -- who opted out of the 2020 season -- offered his stamp of approval.

Ford's stats hardly stand out -- he has just 41 career catches for 428 yards with zero touchdowns over three seasons -- but the Virginia Tech product appears well-liked.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores recently singled out Ford's on-field intelligence, and the third-year veteran seemingly made a positive impression on Miami reporters.

The Patriots desperately needed wide receiver help with Julian Edelman out multiple weeks and N'Keal Harry sidelined with a concussion.

While Ford won't fix the team's lack of talent at the position, he's a smart, able-bodied pass-catcher who at least should fit well in New England's locker room.