This Week In Hyperbole: Rex Is Latin For King

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Rex Burkhead signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots this week, and he’s now David Johnson, but slightly better. That napkin math would be 195 fantasy points, which was RB19 last season, but facts are for nerds. 45 catches seems reasonable for a modern Patriots running back, with James White having 60 last season, the second most on the team, and Dion Lewis and LeGarette Blount having another 24 combined. Of course, White had 166 rushing yards, not 800; the season prior in 2015, no RB on the roster had 45 catches nor 800 yards rushing. Before that, in 2014, Shane Vereen had 52 catches but only 391 rushing yards. Jonas Gray‘s 412 rushing yards led the team that season, 201 of which came in one game against the Colts. Blount was RB9 last season and needed 18 rushing touchdowns to get there, the most since Adrian Peterson in 2009. That seems kind of conservative for Burkhead though, who has three rushing TDs combined in his four-year career, so I’m penciling in 20 for him next season. As RB39, RB40, and RB43 in 2015, Blount, White, and Lewis all had between 122.2 and 122.6 fantasy points. In 2014, Vereen was RB20. But that’s okay, Burkhead is basically a mad scientist’s eugenics thesis, combining the athleticism and pass catching of Lewis, White, and Vereen, with the rushing ability, size, and scoring production of Blount. See, Blount is 6 foot 1 inches tall and weighed 241 pounds at the combine in 2010, was listed last season at 250 pounds, and ran a 4.59 40-yard-dash and 6.85 three-cone. Burkhead is 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighed 214 pounds at the combine in 2013, and ran a 4.73 40-yard-dash and similar 6.85 three-cone. See? Basically the same exact person.

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  1. That was entertaining. So sell Rex now before the Pats draft an rb? The redundant backfield scares me even before Blount utlimately resigns for the league miminum since he knows, hell everyone knows, that he sucks and would suck for ANY other team other than the Pats. As the podfather says, the Pats are playing chess while everyone else is playing checkers. It pains me as a Bills fan to type that last sentence.

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