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Bolden anticipates strong return


Englewood, Colo.** — Omar Bolden has been busy this offseason. While he has seen action during OTAs from both the corner and free safety positions, another huge focus for Bolden is his return game.

Last season, the Broncos averaged 25.1 yards per attempt and were 20th in the NFL in total return yards with 802; Bolden averaged 33. This season, he sees it as his job to improve those numbers.

"I want it and I want it bad," said Bolden. "I want to lead the league in kick return yards. I'm trying to score a lot of touchdowns for the team and have exciting plays for us on special teams."

While Bolden has been mainly a kick returner, a huge gap for the Broncos on special teams has been the punt return. Bolden believes that he has no problem making contributions on both ends.

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"I'm just trying to help this team in any way possible," he says. "You know, if time calls for me to return some punts, I want to be ready. So, just trying to practice and get better at doing that as well."

The Broncos recently acquired Solomon Patton off waivers from Tampa Bay who will definitely put up some competition for Bolden. Either way, both players' work at their primary positions will be key in keeping the Broncos in the best situation possible.

"I think the ideal situation is a guy that can be a core special-teams guy and can also play offensively or defensively as well as being a returner," said Kubiak earlier this year. "That is the ideal situation."

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