Burkhead carried three times for 18 yards and hauled in his only target for 46 yards in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Burkhead logged nine offensive snaps (of a possible 76) Sunday, while James White recorded 45 and Dion Lewis was out there for 21. During the regular season, Burkhead recorded 64 carries for 264 yards and five TDs, while catching 30 passes for 254 yards and three TDs in 10 games. The 27-year-old is eligible to become a free agent this offseason, but we suspect that the Patriots would like to keep the versatile Burkhead around, at the right price.
Burkhead (knee) rushed once for five yards and failed to bring in his only target in Sunday's 24-20 AFC conference championship game victory over the Jaguars. Burkhead's role turned out to be unexpectedly minimal in his first game action since Week 15, as his only touch was a first-half end-around rush. The fifth-year pro didn't appear to suffer any setbacks to his knee during the contest, and with lead back Dion Lewis notching just nine carries overall in his own right, it appears that his scant opportunity was essentially a byproduct of game script. Burkhead also saw fellow pass-catching specialist James White garner six touches and five total targets, which also played a factor in his scarce usage. It remains to be seen how master game planner Bill Belichick will opt to utilize his three-headed backfield in Super Bowl LII, but given Burkhead's red-zone success on the ground in the latter portion of the regular season, it's likely he'll be in for a more prominent role.
Burkhead (knee) is on track to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jaguars, ESPN.com reports. In his expected return to action following a three-game absence, Burkhead is in line to be part of the team's running back rotation Sunday, working behind lead back Dion Lewis. Burkhead will provide the team with another viable pass-catching option out of the backfield to go with change-of-pace man James White.
Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC championship game after practicing in a limited fashion all week. Earlier this week Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted that Burkhead is expected to return to action this weekend after missing last Saturday's win over the Titans. If Burkhead does indeed suit up against Jacksonville, he'd provide valuable depth behind lead back Dion Lewis, as well as another viable pass-catching offense out of the Patriots' backfield, which also includes change of-pace man James White and possibly Mike Gillislee (knee), who the team lists as questionable for Sunday's contest.
Burkhead (knee) is expected to be available for Sunday's AFC title game against the Jaguars, a source informed Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Burkhead was listed as questionable in advance of the Patriots' win over the Titans over the weekend but ultimately sat out after his sprained left knee prevented him from progressing to a full practice leading up to the contest. The running back, who has been sidelined since Dec. 17, should have a better shot at suiting up Sunday, though he'll likely need to increase his workload during practice this week in order to make it a reality. Given that he hasn't played in a month, Burkhead's role in the backfield could be a little more limited than normal upon his return to action.
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