Rex Burkhead makes positive impression in mandatory minicamp

AP

New Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen is having a hard time adapting to the Patriot Way. New Patriots running back Rex Burkhead isn’t.

Via Carl Brooks of the Boston Herald, Burkhead was “easily one of the best offensive players on the field” during the second day of the team’s mandatory minicamp. Among other things, he caught all five passes thrown by quarterback Tom Brady during 11-on-11 drills.

Burkhead lined up in various positions, from the backfield to the slot to the outside. He also participated in the punt coverage team.

“Whatever role they want to put me in, I’m up for,” Burkhead said. “Whatever way or role gives us the best chance to win.”

Versatility is the key to success in the New England offense. They want to be able to put the pedal to the metal and slide players around without making substitutions, catching the opponent in mismatches. The running backs, receivers, and tight ends that can do those things necessarily will get more opportunities to play — and more chances to thrive.

19 responses to “Rex Burkhead makes positive impression in mandatory minicamp

  1. This is gonna get really ugly for their opponents this year, undefeated…idk, maybe, but even with Houston’s D, you really want to face, gronk, Brady, that killer gang of wr, plus now two fresh rb?,,,tell me who you are going to stop?

  2. Funny how teams simply refuse to copy the Pats.

    Pats believe in hard work, football IQ, selflessness/coachability and teamwork.

    In an era of selfishness, Millennial entitlement, arrogance thinking you have arrived because you played at the NCAA level and are great regardless, it’s comical to me how teams keep cultivating the wrong kinds of players.

    The Skins are paying Norman 16 mil per and he just announced “last year was by far my best year”.

    Case closed.

    Let the jealousy unfold and continue to unfold.

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    Burkhead is a rather interesting story for non Patriots fans. Here you have a guy who was essentially a spare part in Cincinnati. Enter the Patriots with a big (for them) free agent offer and an opportunity to start. New England also had to jettison Legarette Blount in the process.

    The question will be : which organization had the better scouting report, the Bengals or Patriots? Is Burkhead a key contributor or just a guy who looks good in uniform?
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  4. Note to haters: those were all 2 yard passes by a washed up system QB. The Patriots will open 0-4 just like last year and be eliminated by Thanksgiving. It is definitely time to get way out over your skis for the 16th straight year.

  5. tylawpick6 brings up an interesting point: New England collects talented players – regardless of position.

    You have career starters who are rotational players a successful NFL caliber starting QB as a backup, etc.

    So it made me laugh when Pete Carroll did not sign Kapernick and said “He’s a starting QB in this league – why doesn’t anyone give him a chance?”

    What a LOS

    Sounds ironic but Cleveland is the only team I see (and I think maybe Detroit) who are starting to follow NE’s blueprint.

  6. I’m actually pretty excited to see how this guy does…. It’s a one year contract currently & for insurance, Mike Gillislee is here 2 years…..
    Not sure if the Pats are testing Burkhead to see if he’s worth extending or seeing if he can light it up & get a big deal in FA next year & land is a 4th round Comp pick…… Be interesting to see how it all unfolds…..
    Wouldn’t be surprised if Lewis stays this year or is traded for a late round pick….. I would say that depends on Fosters development in camp this year as he has much of the same skill set as Lewis & is also a threat spread out wide in formation as a receiver…..
    This year will be tough watching so many good players get cut & go to other teams like last year was…..
    Good problem to have I guess….
    Go Pats!!!

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 8, 2017 11:20 AM
    Funny how teams simply refuse to copy the Pats.

    Pats believe in hard work, football IQ, selflessness/coachability and teamwork.

    In an era of selfishness, Millennial entitlement, arrogance thinking you have arrived because you played at the NCAA level and are great regardless, it’s comical to me how teams keep cultivating the wrong kinds of players.

    The Skins are paying Norman 16 mil per and he just announced “last year was by far my best year”.

    Case closed.
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    Very well said which is why it sucks being a Bengals fan. The team I root for keeps Pacman, dancing Jeremy Hill and many others while they let this guy go.

  8. I think the NFL has a ton of talented players in it. So even the worst NFL player is one of the best football players in the world.
    The NFL has the best football coaches on the planet. So even the worst NFL coach is still one of the top football coaches on the planet.
    I respect fans of other teams. I wish them well. I completely understand how frustrating it can be to invest so much emotion towards your favorite team and not get a return on that investment. I get it. My team use to be a laughing stock of the NFL. People once made fun of me because of the team I rooted for. Just stick with it. Your long term faith may very well pay off for you.

    -A Patriots fan. We are not all A holes that think we own the NFL and fans of other teams owe us some type of tribute just because we root for certain colors.

  9. 6ball says:
    Jun 8, 2017 11:28 AM
    .
    Burkhead is a rather interesting story for non Patriots fans. Here you have a guy who was essentially a spare part in Cincinnati. Enter the Patriots with a big (for them) free agent offer and an opportunity to start. New England also had to jettison Legarette Blount in the process.

    The question will be : which organization had the better scouting report, the Bengals or Patriots? Is Burkhead a key contributor or just a guy who looks good in uniform?

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    Answer? The Pats have the better scouts and front office vs Cincy.

    Many Bengals fans were clamoring for Burkhead to get more reps over Hill, but Hill was deemed the more explosive/trendy player to fans while being a 2nd rd pick ($$), so they stuck with him.

    BB doesn’t care what your contracts is, where you were drafted, etc.

    Another major difference. If BB whiffs or sees a disappointment in the making even with a higher price tag, it’s out the door you go and the lesser known commodity gets the promotion.

  10. ibillwt says:
    Jun 8, 2017 11:17 AM
    enough with the undefeated. 12 and 4 will be a good record with the schedule they face and a target on the back and chest.

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    12-4 and a 1st or 2nd seed is just fine for a shot to win the Super Bowl. When being realistic means 12-4 then life is good.

  11. rutchaser says:
    Jun 8, 2017 11:50 AM
    tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 8, 2017 11:20 AM
    Funny how teams simply refuse to copy the Pats.

    Pats believe in hard work, football IQ, selflessness/coachability and teamwork.

    In an era of selfishness, Millennial entitlement, arrogance thinking you have arrived because you played at the NCAA level and are great regardless, it’s comical to me how teams keep cultivating the wrong kinds of players.

    The Skins are paying Norman 16 mil per and he just announced “last year was by far my best year”.

    Case closed.
    ——-–——————————

    Very well said which is why it sucks being a Bengals fan. The team I root for keeps Pacman, dancing Jeremy Hill and many others while they let this guy go.

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    At least you are rational and honest about it.

    Since 2010, the Pats and Bengals had the best draft yields of any team in the AFC, IMO, but Cincy got caught having 2 WRs due at the same time (Jones and Sanu), and didn’t deal one off, while paying the other, which was sort of dumb.

    Other than that, you guys have had good drafts, which has helped keep costs down.

    I do agree catering to the Burficts or PacMan Jones’s of the world sends a poor message, which means your team lacks some maturity and leadership, which is clearly huge for NFL football.

    Good luck this season. Your fans deserve better.

  12. 6ball says:
    Jun 8, 2017 11:28 AM
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    Burkhead is a rather interesting story for non Patriots fans. Here you have a guy who was essentially a spare part in Cincinnati. Enter the Patriots with a big (for them) free agent offer and an opportunity to start. New England also had to jettison Legarette Blount in the process.
    The question will be : which organization had the better scouting report, the Bengals or Patriots? Is Burkhead a key contributor or just a guy who looks good in uniform?

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    Burkhead’s stats show he was amazing in the opportunities he was given. Mike Gillislee also.

  13. psousa1 says:
    Jun 8, 2017 11:37 AM
    tylawpick6 brings up an interesting point: New England collects talented players – regardless of position.

    You have career starters who are rotational players a successful NFL caliber starting QB as a backup, etc.

    So it made me laugh when Pete Carroll did not sign Kapernick and said “He’s a starting QB in this league – why doesn’t anyone give him a chance?”

    What a LOS

    Sounds ironic but Cleveland is the only team I see (and I think maybe Detroit) who are starting to follow NE’s blueprint.

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    There are many check boxes that make up the blueprint for what makes the Pats such a well oiled machine, including particular disciplines which stay consistent.

    But, I find it incredibly arrogant to see teams do the complete opposite, and then show complete jealousy towards NE, when they lose to them over, usually over and over.

    Why is it so difficult?

    Arrgoance and ego, and the unwillingness to simply concede that YOUR OWN ideas are not superior to someone else’s.

    The NE Pats Management Secrets Book written by a Harvard professor was released in 2005. It’s all right there for anyone to read.

    The Jets have done the complete opposite of what NE would do, yet they arrogantly somehow imagined they’d surpass NE in the process.

    lol

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 8, 2017 11:20 AM
    Funny how teams simply refuse to copy the Pats.
    Pats believe in hard work, football IQ, selflessness/coachability and teamwork.
    In an era of selfishness, Millennial entitlement, arrogance thinking you have arrived because you played at the NCAA level and are great regardless, it’s comical to me how teams keep cultivating the wrong kinds of players.
    The Skins are paying Norman 16 mil per and he just announced “last year was by far my best year”.
    Case closed.
    Let the jealousy unfold and continue to unfold.

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    What’s amazing is that no matter what level you get to you can still outwork everyone else. It’s amazing that is possible given the amount of money that is paid out, but it’s a great life lesson.

  15. When all is said and done, the Patriots system will go down as one of the greatest in all sports history. A system so great, you can start a high school QB and win games. We are truly watching history thanks to Belichick and Mr. Kraft.

  16. Bengals fan here. This guy consistently produced WHEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY. Of course, Marvin did not utilize him and instead rode Hill and his 3.2 YPC. Burkhead is one of those guys that goes all-out every time he gets the ball. When all our receivers were injured in the playoff game against Indy, Rex was the featured WR and caught everything that came his way. Guy is a Swiss Army Knife on offense. I think he had close to a 5 YPC average or greater over the last several seasons. Of course, Marvin let him go. I told my sons “You watch, Rex will go to the Patriots and become a household name.” I believe he will flourish under BB. And Marvin is still 0-7 in the playoffs. Bengals get credit for drafting well, which they do, but they then do not necessarily play the best player. So fabulous to be a Bengals fan. Good luck Rex!

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