Burkhead 'definitely comfortable' working in slot if Patriots need wide receiver help

Burkhead 'definitely comfortable' working in slot if Patriots need wide receiver help

With Danny Amendola missing a second straight day of practice (concussion/knee), it’s becoming more likely that the Patriots will head into Sunday’s matchup at New Orleans dangerously thin at wide receiver. Not ideal, especially not coming off a loss.

Newcomer Philip Dorsett became the third receiver in three-receiver sets once Amendola exited the game in the third quarter. He was targeted once. The pass wasn’t even in the same area code as Dorsett was. With some extra time to get up to speed, the former Indianapolis Colt should have a better grasp on the playbook, but chemistry with Tom Brady is not easy to come by. That’s why Rex Burkhead seemed like a logical choice to get a more expanded role in the offense, including some more playing time in the slot, where Amendola operates so effectively.


“I don’t really work in the slot specifically,” said Burkhead. “Running backs here run some routes out of the backfield. Whatever the coaches want me to do, I’m more than happy to do that.”

Odd response from someone who had spent some time working as a slot receiver in Cincinnati before returning full-time to running back. But Burkhead seems like an earnest guy so it’s hard not to take him at his word. When reminded of that period with the Bengals, the 27-year old’s memory was jogged. . . somewhat.

“I did a little bit," Burkhead said, "but it's whatever the coaches want me to do here - if that's in the run game, the pass game - it's whatever role they see me fit."

Burkhead was also split outside the numbers at various points in the opener against Kansas City and in the preseason as well. That’s where his confidence shined through.

“I’m comfortable with it,” he said. “Still things I got to improve upon I feel like for sure but definitely comfortable. Growing up, I tried to be an all-purpose back, catching balls. Here, you have to be that.”

If he can be, Brady’s life will become easier than it was in Week 1, and Belichick’s personal involvement in Burkhead’s free agent recruitment will begin to pay regular season dividends.


Duron Harmon issues apology after his arrest

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Duron Harmon issues apology after his arrest

According to The Costa Rica Star, airport police at Juan Santamaria International Airport found two ounces of marijuana inside an iced-tea can alongside several different types of THC based paraphernalia within Duron Harmon's suitcase.

Tonight he issued an apology to the Kraft family, Patriots, and his own family.

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Harmon traveled into the country from Fort Lauderdale and was sent back after being briefly detained.

The Patriots organization acknowledged the arrest, “We are aware of the situation involving Duron Harmon Friday night in Costa Rica,” a Patriots spokesman said in a statement to multiple media outlets. “He has since returned to the U.S., and we are seeking to gain more information. At this time, we have no further update.”


Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

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Shaq carries Gronk at Miami dance-off

Remember when Brandin Cooks rode Rob Gronkowski around like a horse to celebrate a Patriots touchdown back in November?

Well, Gronk doing Gronk things in Miami managed to find about the only person he could ride. 

Shaquille O'Neal, at 7-foot-1, gave 6-7 Gronk a ride on his shoulders as they celebrated the debut of "Shaq's Fun House" as part of the three-day Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

So, who won the dance-off?

Shaq vs @gronk dance battle you tell me who won

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