Another running back is off the board.
Burkhead entered free agency after four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals as a highly underutilized – and thus, underrated – offensive weapon.
His ability both as a runner and as a receiver, either out of the backfield or split out wide, makes him everything the Patriots are looking for in potential playmakers at the position. He’s also a well-established contributor on special teams.
While Burkhead’s addition alongside the likes of Dion Lewis and James White makes for a crowded group of passing-game backs, it’s likely safe to assume the Patriots’ coaching staff will have roles for all.
Burkhead tallied 344 rushing yards, 145 receiving yards, and two touchdowns across 16 games in 2016.
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