Get to know Ray Bolden.
School: Stony Brook
Position: Wide Reciever
Weight: 165 lbs.
Hometown: Euless, Texas
Stats this Season (11 games):
- 9 Receiving TDs
- 780 Receiving Yards
- 11.8 AVG/C
This time, we’re going to Stony Brook. This guy is a dog, and to think that he’s just getting started amazes me. Go ahead and say what you want: “He’s too short; he’s to small; he plays at a small school.” This is nothing that Ray Bolden hasn’t heard before. He uses this as motivation, along with his mother and grandmother who are right there beside him as his journey begins to take off — take off to Philadelphia to be exact. The Stony Brook starting receiver was recently picked up by the defending champions, Philadelphia Eagles, as an undrafted rookie. All of this and he just started to take the game seriously about five years ago.
Ray Bolden moved to Texas to attend high school and attempt to escape the struggles of inner city life. I’d say that was a great move, literally, since he led Trinity High School with 400+ receiving yards and was named second team All-District 6-5A. From there, he went to Moorpark College in California and got first team All-Northern Conference in 2014. He says his “relationship with God” is why he is where he is today. “Especially at this point when things are going good, I try to be even more thankful,” he says in an interview with In The Mix Media.
Bolden had tons of offers from every direction; however, he lost a lot of them when he became ineligible due to some transcript troubles. Once he became eligible and on the market, coaches were sure to re-offer the kid. Those coaches were too late when it was time to commit because when he was in a deep trench and had his offers confiscated, it was Stony Brook that reached out and stayed loyal to him. This is exactly how he found himself in a red and black uniform.
He’s caught nine TDs, has 780 receiving yards, and averages 11.8 yards after each catch. If you want a first down, I suggest putting the ball in hands of Bolden. That’s impressive if you ask me, especially since these numbers are super similar to his favorite player, Steve Smith, Sr. He even plays like him in many ways. The key to both of their games would be their aggressiveness and hunger. Ray Bolden is going to line up, run his route, and go get the ball, and according to his coach at Stony Brook, he’s the best route runner he’s ever coached. When Bolden was asked what he feels is key to his game, his answer was that he is a “sponge.” The kid loves learning — learning about the position and learning about the game. He says that he gets frustrated when he isn’t learning. When asked about his upcoming season goals in an interview with In The Mix Media, he said that the goal was to learn more. This was before he found himself on an NFL roster, but I’m sure his eagerness to learn has not changed at all.
Now, it’s Ray Bolden and WR Coach Ken Flajole of the Eagles — an NFL rookie that has never played on the stage and a coach that has minimum experience coaching receivers. Looks like everyone will be learning in Philly this year, and if you ask me, it’s going to be dangerous. Not only is he under a great coach that will help him grow, but he’s also beside athletes like Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. Bolden told me in a separate interview, “If I see something from a high school kid on film, and if I feel like its an efficient move, I’m going to try to implement it into my game.” Now, you tell me what it means if he’s practicing with Pro-Bowlers Alshon Jeffery and Mike Wallace. His potential is ridiculous.
Here are Ray Bolden’s 2017 season highlights:
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