Arizona Cardinals’ Victor Bolden Jr. has played a lot of football this year

Victor Bolden Jr. was ready for more football, and it seems to be showing in his performance in training camp thus far.

Bolden, a wide receiver and return specialist the Cardinals signed a few days before training camp started, was in training camp with Arizona only a few weeks after he completed the three-month USFL season that culminated in a league championship with the Birmingham Stallions.

Bolden accepted it the lack of a long break between football seasons, knowing that if he put in the work and played well in the springtime USFL, a potential invitation to an NFL camp could be there for him. It was, and a chance with the Cardinals could be his ticket back into the NFL.

“I knew that it was going to be a long season going in and that was the whole point, was to get the NFL, so I prepared before for the USFL season to be able to withstand for this year,” Bolden said. “So I knew that moving around was going to be tough and I’m excited for opportunities, and just ready to do what I do.”

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Victor Bolden (38) catches a ball during Arizona Cardinals practice at State Farm Stadium on Friday, July 29, 2022, in Glendale.

Bolden was a rookie success story in 2017, having finished his college career at Oregon State sixth in school history with 170 receptions, ninth in receiving yards with 1,863 and tied for ninth with six 100-yard receiving games. His 5,196 all-purpose yards were third-most all-time at the Pac-12 school, and he had a school record 2,420 kickoff return yards in his career.

That and his speed got him a free agent contract with the San Francisco 49ers, and he made the team out of training camp as a return specialist.

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