New England Patriots free agency: RB Rex Burkhead signs with team

New England Patriots free agency: RB Rex Burkhead signs with team

New England Patriots free agency: RB Rex Burkhead signs with team

In his career, he's rushed for 375 yards and three touchdowns while catching 34 passes for 288 yards and a touchdown. Blount is now an unsigned free agent despite scoring 18 touchdowns in 2016.

Hill didn't play in Week 17 against Baltimore because of a knee injury, and the Bengals gave Burkhead a start. However, he's only had two performances where he's carried the ball more than 10 times. In 2015, he was a Fantasy standout before suffering a torn ACL in Week 9.

In addition to two straight double-digit special teams tackle seasons, Burkhead rushed for 344 yards with two touchdowns a year ago, adding another 145 yards on 17 receptions. His best game was Week 15 at Denver when he had 18 carries for 95 yards and two catches for 9 yards.

Even so, Burkhead has since appeared in all 16 regular season games in each of the last two seasons en route to recording a single-season career-high 74 carries in 2016-2017. And now White and Lewis have plenty of company with Burkhead.

Burkhead went underused in Cincinnati, which is why this signing could be compared to the addition of wide receiver Chris Hogan from the Buffalo Bills last season.

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The Patriots remained busy on Tuesday by adding a running back. Burkhead helped out in the passing game like Bernard.

Don't be surprised if Burkhead ends up as the starter, which will obviously increase his value and drop Lewis in the rankings.

The Patriots heightened their competition in the offensive backfield.

The running back market has been very weird so far in the 2017 National Football League offseason. It's already messy enough.

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