This will be Rex Burkhead's fourth season with the Patriots, his first without Tom Brady as the quarterback handing the ball off.
Appearing on OMF with Glenn Ordway, Christian Fauria and Lou Merloni, the Patriots' 29-year-old running back explained why he is excited for the new dynamic despite no Brady, with a lot of the anticipation coming from what Burkhead saw in potential starting QB Jarrett Stidham.
"Very impressed," Burkhead said when asked about Stidham. "Last year even though he didn’t step on the field that much, just seeing his improvement every day on the practice field, in meetings. He’s a very humble guy and he came in eager to work right away and picked it up so quickly. I think that is what struck me, how quickly he picked up the offense from the get-go. He’s out there making calls, making adjustments in audibles like he has been in this system for a while. I’m excited for him. Excited for his opportunity. Whoever is at quarterback — whether it’s him, Hoy (Brian Hoyer), whoever — just ready to follow them."
Burkhead appears to also be another one of the current Patriots who are circling the wagons when it comes to fending off predictions that New England won't be a playoff team.
"I don't think so," he responded to the notion that the Pats are a five-, six-, or seven-win team. "I think we're excited for the challenge. We're going to do whatever we can to put ourselves in good positions. We know we have a lot of work that needs to be done. it's kind of a new era of Patriots football without Tom. We're looking forward to it. We're looking forward to getting better whenever we're back together. Bringing in the new guys and getting them accustomed to the Patriot Way and how we do things. I think we're all excited and ready to get to work."