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Rex Burkhead, NE- We have been through this drill many times with Bill Belichick and his infamous merry-go-round of running back usages BUT at least for the time being it looks like we may have a peak into his madness.  Dion Lewis is the clear starting back and should receive the majority of the touches.  James White is the clear 3rd down and receiving back and should see most of the receptions.  You may be wondering where that leaves Burkhead and the answer is that he gets a little bit of both.  Against Denver Burkhead carried the ball 10 times for 36 yards and caught all three of his targets for 27 yards and a touchdown. In the Patriots Week 8 contest, they had a bye in Week 9, Burkhead caught seven passes for 68 yards while carrying the ball four times for 15.  With Mike Gillislee a healthy scratch in Week 10 it seems that Burkhead should be in line for about 10 carries and a handful of receptions each week going forward.