Patriots sign Steven Jackson: 5 Ripple effects

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Patriots sign Steven Jackson: 5 Ripple effects

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The New England Patriots acted upon last week’s meeting with veteran running back Steven Jackson, signing him to a one-year deal on Monday. Here are some ripple effects from that news:

Ripple Effect #5 – Brandon Bolden will go back to special teams

Earlier in the day, ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss tweeted this out:

Not long after, Jackson was signed.

Look, Bolden is arguably one of the most prototypical Bill Belichick players on this roster. He is a valuable special teamer and capable of his job description as a running back as well. Bolden will still get carries, but he will be able to service the Patriots where they need his skill set the most, at special teams.

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And it’s not like the Patriots special teams has been the best unit in the league. To focus on just one area, the punt coverage team ranks a lousy 24th with a net of 40.0; the reintroduction of Bolden into that scenario should be a boost there.

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