Did the Bengals lose their best running back this offseason?

The Patriots signed Rex Burkhead away from Cincinnati in free agency. PFF explains why he might have been the best back on the Bengals' roster.

| 2 months ago
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Did the Bengals lose their best running back this offseason?


  • In 2016, Rex Burkhead’s 5.1 yards per touch almost matched Giovani Bernard’s 5.2.
  • Bernard averaged more yards per route run (1.54 vs. 1.34), while Burkhead managed more yards per target (7.25 vs. 7.0).
  • Burkhead forced missed tackles at a higher rate and averaged more yards after contact per attempt than either Bernard or Jeremy Hill.
  • Bernard’s 26.9 elusive rating was his lowest in four seasons, while Burkhead’s 49.9 was the team best.

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Fantasy Slant: Burkhead landed in a crowded Patriots’ backfield, but he’s a sneaky bet to emerge as a viable fantasy option in 2017. His ability as a receiver projects well in the New England offense given the recent fantasy success of backs like Dion Lewis and Danny Woodhead. In 365 career snaps, Burkhead has seen 48 targets.

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    No, last I checked Gio was still on the team, unless you’re implying that he won’t be the same after the injury