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Josh McDaniels press conference: Titans

Josh McDaniels press conference: Titans

joshQ: How has Brandon Bolden grown as a running back in this offense?
JM: Brandon’s a talented guy. He’s had a lot of different situations come up during the course of his career here whether through injury or otherwise. He’s really done a nice job for us coming in and filling in and he’s gone over 100 yards a couple times, he’s had some big runs, he’s carried the ball in cold, sloppy weather and protected it for us as he’s matured and grown in our system. He’s a dependable guy. We trust him to blitz pick-up. We trust him to be in the game in those critical situations when you get a lot of different looks from the defense. He studies hard. He’s a guy that comes to work and prepares well. There’s always been a lot of talent with Brandon and his dependability and his ability to do a lot of different things within our offense has just improved with each year that he’s been here. Brandon’s a good runner and he does a lot of things that are really valuable to our football team whether it be on offense or in the kicking game. We’ll try to certainly do the best thing we can here going forward in terms of how we use him among the rest of our backs.
Q: Is there any kind of special skill or talent that allows guys like him to be ready when they haven’t been receiving a lot of reps?
JM: I think that comes with maturity. It’s hard to stay focused maybe when you’re real young and you’re not playing a whole lot in a specific role to understand how valuable your preparation is and how close you really are to playing. That’s a challenge for everybody. There are a lot of players that back people up and I think the more they mature, the more they understand how close they are to playing [then] the easier it is to prepare and get ready to play like you’re going to be in there on every snap. I think we have a lot of guys in our locker-room that are ready if their numbers called and are ready if something should happen and they’re called to duty and Brandon is definitely one of them.

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