Report: Former Bengals RB Rex Burkhead pays Patriots a free-agent visit


Report: Former Bengals RB Rex Burkhead pays Patriots a free-agent visit

There doesn't seem to be a whole lot left on the Patriots offseason to-do list.

They would probably like to get back into the first and second rounds of this year's draft, which means something could be coming down the pike with either Malcolm Butler and Jimmy Garoppolo.

They might like to add to their depth at defensive end behind Rob Ninkovich, Trey Flowers and Kony Ealy.


Their linebacker situation could use some sprucing should Dont'a Hightower end up with the Titans or Jets. 

And running back. They could use a running back. As of this moment, LeGarrette Blount is still a free agent. Though he'd like to return to New England, there's some question as to where his asking price will be after a career year, and if the Patriots will be willing to pay it. 

Enter...Rex Burkhead? According to ESPN's Field Yates, the Patriots are hosting the former Bengals running back on a free-agent visit Monday.

At about 215 pounds Burkhead doesn't have the same kind of physical presence as Blount (250 pounds) did, but he's a hard-charging runner with some scheme versatility. 

He rushed 74 times for 344 yards (4.6 yards per attempt) last season and averaged 3.0 yards after contact. By comparison, Blount averaged 2.5 yards per carry after contact. 

Burkhead is also a capable receiver who caught 17 passes for 145 yards last season. 

A sixth-round pick out of Nebraska in 2013, Burkhead became a regular in the Cincinnati offense for the first time last season. Through the first three years of his career he had 13 total rushes for 31 yards and seven catches on 10 targets. He was, however, used extensively on special teams, which would surely bump up his value in the eyes of the Patriots. 

Patriots running back and core special teamer Brandon Bolden, like Blount, is also a free agent at the moment. 

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did. 


Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

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Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

After missing out on coveted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater and brought back Josh McCown as short-term solutions at QB, but with the trade they made with the Colts on Saturday, their future franchise QB could be drafted next month.

The Jets acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the April 26 draft from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the sixth overall pick, two 2018 second-round picks (37th and 49th) and a 2019 second-rounder.

UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold are considered the top QBs in the draft. The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants have the first two picks, the Browns have No. 4, too, and could be eyeing a QB. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley could be among the top picks as well. 

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