The New England Patriots have been adding running backs to their roster like there’s a buy-one, get-two sale going on. Which makes former Cincinnati Bengals running back Rex Burkhead’s decision to join all the more confusing. “It’s the tradition here,” Burkhead said Tuesday per Henry McKenna of Patriots Wire. “Coach [Bill] Belichick’s instilled the attitude. You can tell on film just watching the guys, they play hard and football is kind of their passion. And that’s what I wanted to be a part of. When I came on my visit, I got a glimpse of that just meeting with the coaches. And I could definitely see myself fitting in here.” Just from his wording, it seems that Burkhead liked the mentality New
Despite what some have suggested, inside linebackers are not being phased out of the NFL any more than running backs. Expect that fact to be proven in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night. As former linebackers, themselves, Oakland Raiders' head coach Jack Del Rio and Kansas City Chiefs' general manager John Dorsey recognize the value of the position better than most. The AFC West competitors may see SEC standouts Jarrad Davis (Florida) and Zach Cunningham (Vanderbilt) as more likely to provide an immediate impact that rookies at other positions -- a significant factor given that both clubs fancy themselves as potential Super Bowl candidates. With one final update coming, here
The 2017 NFL Draft is just days away, and fans everywhere are anticipating which players their teams will pick. Luckily, the Bears have the third overall pick this year, as well as high picks in nearly every round. Before we get started, make sure to check out my first two Bears mock drafts from earlier in the season.