Rex Burkhead Set for Dion Lewis Role, Maybe More?

Rex Burkhead is the ultimate Bill Belichick-type player who does everything asked of him — whether it be on special teams or in a specific role. In this case, Burkhead did everything asked of him during his first season, and could be awarded the lead back role in year two.


With Dion Lewis no longer in New England, Mike Gillislee in the dog house and James White securing his third down duties, Burkhead brings the type of versatility that Belichick adores from his first and second down back. He can run the ball effectively and is a plus-receiver out of the backfield, which keeps the opposing defense off-guard. It’s up to debate if Burkhead can carry a 16 game load — as he’s never been asked to do so — but he’ll definitely be given the chance after re-signing in New England to the tune of a 3-year, $9.75 million deal. The Patriots will potentially add a running back in the draft, but it’s Burkhead’s job to lose right now.


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