A day-by-day Broncos player breakdown is something we've been doing since our days at BroncoTalk nearly a decade ago. This year the tradition continues as we look at the Denver Broncos roster heading into the 2015 season in our 90-in-90 series.
Name: Omar Bolden
Height: 5'10" Weight: 195
Age: 26 Experience: 4th
College: Arizona State
The Denver Broncos selected cornerback Omar Bolden in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Arizona State University.
In his four seasons with the Denver Broncos, Bolden has played in 47 games with 1 start. During his career, he has totaled 46 tackles and, 1 pass deflection, and 1 forced fumble.
Where Bolden has been the most successful is as a kick returner. He has 29 career kick returns for 743 yards. That averages out to be 25.6 yards per return. His best season came in 2014 when he had 13 returns for 429 yards. His 33 yards per return was by far the best on the Broncos.
Bolden's success as a return man last season puts him as the front-runner for that job this season, and it's something that Bolden believes that's his job to lose.
Who's returning kicks for #Broncos in 2015? @Os_island says, "That is my job. I want it." [http://t.co/p9nruLd9TT] pic.twitter.com/N2IivRD037— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 30, 2015
With the Broncos depth at the safety position being kinda slim, I would expect Bolden to compete for a spot there as well. He will be competing with David Bruton, Josh Bush, and rookie Josh Furman for a backup safety role.
Bolden's role on the Broncos will be as a special teamer. He has proven in the past that he is one of the Broncos best coverage men on special teams. He proved that against the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs this past year when he blew up kick return man Josh Cribbs.
He was arguably the Broncos best player that night.
He will also be competing to be the teams kick return man. He showed he could do it last season when he averaged 33 yards per kick return and had a 77-yard kick return.
Bolden's weakness comes at playing cornerback and safety. In limited playing time, Bolden has been consistently beaten in pass coverage and run support on defense.
These are two areas where Bolden will need to improve if he wants to have a bigger role on the Broncos defense.
Bolden on being the Broncos kick returner
"It's my job," Bolden said. "If I want to get a paycheck, that's what I do."
I think Bolden has a role on this team. He and David Bruton are the Broncos best two special team players on the team, and Bolden is penciled on the starting kick returner.
Also with the lack of depth at the safety position, I think Bolden will continue his role as a special teams ace, and backup cornerback/safety.