Your leftover Moss droppings from Media Day

990887.jpg

Your leftover Moss droppings from Media Day

NEW ORLEANS -- If you enjoy all things Moss -- and many do -- Tuesday was a bonanza. I stuck with the former Patriot and current 49ers wideout for about 35 of the 60 minutes of access in the Superdome.

I posted a story Tuesday afternoon regarding why Moss has resisted being more open with his personality.

But I couldn't get to all of it. A few Mossian pearls of knowledge and information are enclosed herein:

Can Alex Smith still play?: It's kinda like that situation with Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe. If you follow that story, Drew Bledsoe still played. And I believe in my heart that Alex Smith can still play. But Colin Kaepernick took advantage of his opportunity and never looked back and that's about it.

On why he doesn't like the media: I'm not gonna be an ass-kisser and sell my soul to anyone else. I do it my way and that's just how I feel. I don't try to break any rules or any laws. I believe in myself. I know there's some people out there like me and there's some that don't. I don't really know why and I don't really care. When it comes to you all doing you all's job, a lot of things are sold on negativity. So if that's what you're looking for, I'm not the one to find.

Favorite Beyonce song: Whatever that song is where she's singing, 'Uh-oh, uh-oh...' where's she's shaking her hips and her butt, I like that.

On if he plans on coming back and playing another season: Ive thought about it. I do want to play another year.

On what he has said to his teammates regarding their business this week: I think for us being here, and this is my second trip here, some guys have never experienced the atmosphere of the whole week of the Super Bowl. Its more of a business approach. Early in the week, get your fun out of the way. Whatever partying that you may do, get it out early in the week because I think towards the middle of the week, and the end of the week, its all preparation. We put a lot of work in last week because we didnt really know what to expect this whole week. Its more just getting the fun out of the way early in the week and starting this evening all the way up to Sunday, its all business.

On getting another chance to play in the Super Bowl at the end of his career: Its actually a dream, really. By me taking a year off and having to work out for almost a whole year, being able to come back and be in the Super Bowl one year later is just a dream. I really didnt expect this. Everybody has their own goals and has their own dreams of what they want to do and what they want to accomplish. For me to be here, I couldnt have told you this back in June or July. It wouldve been more of a, Keep your fingers crossed. I hope Im in New Orleans for the Super Bowl in February. Now that its here, I just want to make the best of it and take advantage of it and bring a trophy back to San Francisco.

On what having a Super Bowl championship would mean to him: I think that what Ive accomplished in my professional career and throughout my whole life of playing football, Ive really wanted a championship on every level. Ive always told myself that I wanted to win a championship on this level. Having a Super Bowl ring, I think my career would be complete.

On if he came back just to win a Super Bowl: No, I think the reason I came back was I really wasnt ready to leave the game. I think I told yall earlier, just going through some family problems with my kids and trying to put them on the same page because football takes a lot of our time up. Sometimes we forget, as parents, about our main objective in life. I think that I keep my family dear to my heart. I really do. I play each and every game. I collect the game check and my family spends it. I think that for me to be able to take a year off; Ive said it before that I really did cry, I really did. I love this game of football so much. I dont like everything that comes with it, but going out on the field between the white lines and playing football is something Ive always done. Ive been doing it since I was six years old. For me to be able to just walk away from the game, knowing that I wasnt ready, mentally or physically, it really hurt me, man. It really depressed me. It warmed me up to know that I wasnt ready to leave the game. Now that Ive made the decision to come back and play, it was something that I was ready to do. I think that my conditioning in the offseason really showed that I was ready to go. I feel good. I really do. Throughout the whole season, Ive been healthy. Ive come out of games where it felt like I didnt really do anything. I always want to compete. I always want to contribute to the team. For me to be here, its just like a dream because I would have never thought in a million years that this would happen. Its something that you keep your fingers crossed and hope you get here.

On if he has taken on a leadership role of the team: I dont really want to get into that, because I never considered myself to be trying to be a leader. This team already has the leaders. It already has Joe Staley, has Justin Smith, has Patrick Willis, Frank Gore of course. I just wanted to play football. Thats something Ive always done. Ive never been vocal. I think its something you develop over time, especially when your peers look to you for vocal leadership. If there is anything that Ive been able to give back to the younger guys, its my experience. Thats something Ive taken to heart because by looking at the younger guys and how they respond and how they look at me, its something I never would have imagined. I never wanted to be a vocal guy and lead by my mouth. I always wanted to lead by example and thats by making plays on the field.

On the main thing that he missed when he was away from the game: I think the main thing that I missed was the locker room, the meetings each week and going out here to put a show on for the fans. I really consider us as entertainers because Ive always said that no matter what a person may go through during the week at their 9-5 job, that they can always depend on the NFL to keep them smiling and perk them up. Thats the main thing, just going out here to compete, being around my teammates and going out here and showing out for the fans on Sunday.

On the difference between his Patriots Super Bowl teams and this 49ers squad: In 07 with the Patriots, we were riding high being undefeated leading up to the Super Bowl. I think thats just something that we wanted to accomplish as a whole team, something to set ourselves in history. Being here with the 49ersthey were so close last year with a couple mishaps against the Giants in the NFC Championship gameI think by the way we practice and the way guys speak in the locker room, they were determined to get back here. I just wanted to be a part of it.

On kids using the term Mossing someone to describe catches over defensive backs and what he sees as his legacy in the game: For me to be able to go up above the defensive back and make a catch, sort of like a slam dunk, I hear it still to this day and its really hard to believe that its me that theyre talking about. I try to stay focused and try to stay humble and try to stay grounded, but if you go out to different parts of the country, and sometimes different parts of the world, and you hear that phrase, that little slogan, its hard to believe. Im overwhelmed by it. I never thought in a million years that something like this would happen. Ive always just wanted to play football and everything else comes secondary. For that slogan, Youve been Mossed, is something I definitely hang my hat on.

On how he spent his Sundays when he wasnt playing last year: My Sundays last year, I watched a little football. I usually would fish during the week or maybe on Saturday, but I still love football. Its hard to get away from. It really is. I like to see the guys go out there and compete even though Im not playing. I think for me to be able to sit home on Sundays one of these days and just watch guys I played with and the future of the NFL will hopefully grow. I look forward to it. I would like to, one day, tailgate a football game. Ive always said that. I think there is something that Im missing from the food to the drinks and seeing the camaraderie and how the fans interact. I think that most of my Sundays were spent watching football. I watched a little basketball, but mainly football. Thats what I do; Im a football player.

On the discussion he had with his family about returning to football: We were at dinner, at my Moms house. I told my 18-year old daughter. Shes actually a freshman at the University of Florida. I asked her if it was okay for me to get back into football. She said, Dad, I dont even know why you left the game. For her being older, I had to really sit down and explain to her the importance of family and how much I love them and what Ive sacrificed all these years so theyre able to have and able to do. After I explained it to my mom, I had to explain to her that if I come back to this game, youre not going to see me as much. She didnt earlier in her life. She said, Dad, if you come back to the game, I want you to win a Super Bowl because Im going to the University of Florida to win a National Championship in basketball. That really made me smile because Ive never heard my daughter talk like that. For her to be able to tell me that face-to-face, well Im on the verge of trying to win my first Super Bowl. Hopefully, well get it and the next thing is to see her get her NCAA Championship.

On his love for the game: I dont think Ive really expressed how much I love to compete. Ive been in fights in practice. Ive been in verbal arguments in practice with coaches and players, even in college and high school. I dont think the football world understands how much I love to compete. When I hear people talk about how talented I am and how easy I make it look, I can honestly tell you people that its very hard work. I work out five times a week. I put the work in and for me to be able to go out there and have results it something I am proud of. Its not always the individual results that Im proud of. For me to be able to talk to a Michael Crabtree or talk to a Frank Gore or Percy Harvin and for them to go out there and have a good game that week, thats something I can be proud of. Thats just me giving back to the NFL. Ive always said, I dont like what the NFL does for me because Im very blessed. My family is blessed. Ive always been the type of person to know what I can do to make the League better. At this point in my career, if Im able to be vocal, to share a little knowledge and also to go out there and play, if thats what it takes to win a championship, then Im willing to do that. Ive always been that way.

On Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith: We dont like to talk about how age finds every player, but I think that Anquan Boldin, Ive watched him back when he was in college. I was a fan of his since he was in college. He went to Arizona and teamed up with (Larry) Fitzgerald. There are a couple duos out there in the NFL that are very exciting to watch. I think Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith are a nice duo to watch. The guys in Atlanta Roddy White and Julio Jones are a nice duo to watch. I dont know how many years he has left, but in the 3-6 years, I think they can do some magical work.

On the Harbaugh brothers facing each other and how he would be if he was facing his own brother: Knowing they grew up in the same housesame room? That makes it worse because me and my brother shared a room. I dont really think that I could talk to my brother for that week. If our mom came down to have dinner, Id probably have to cancel that. I understand that its the 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens, but I know John and Jim would like to beat one another. Thats bragging rights forever. You know what Im saying? They could be long gone, grandfathers or great grandfathers, but they still have something to hold over the other brothers head. I think that both Jim and John want to beat each other. They dont care how they do it. They just want to win. I think thats the approach of each team.

On how he would describe Jim Harbaugh: A coach.

On where he ranks Colin Kaepernick among the other quarterbacks that hes played with: Ive never really ranked them. I think for what me and Tom Brady accomplished in 07 would put him at the top, just because trying to be undefeated and coming to the Super Bowl. I cant really rank Kaepernick because he came in midseason. It was Alex Smiths team and Kaep took over. All I can say about Kaep is Im happy to play with him. I wish he would take some of the heat of those balls sometimes. His future is very bright. Either he or Frank Gore asked me, they said, Moss, how long do you think this pistol offense will work? I said, Man, as long as you keep doing what youre doing, itll go as far you will take it. Im a big fan of Kaepernicks. I told him and hell tell you, it couldve been April or it couldve been May, that I saw something in him. I pulled him to the side and shared a few words with him. Im not going to share what we were talking about. I had just seen something in him. Hes very athletic. Just seeing his focus and determination to go out and lead the offense up and down the field like the Atlanta game, its what you want to see in your quarterback. Alex Smith, Im not taking anything from Alex Smith. Ive watch him and I dont really think that in his career that Alex had a fair chance because he could never get a coaching staff or offense to grasp and learn. Each and every year, it was always an offense this year and another offense the next year and then the following year had another offense. Alex Smith can still play this game. He really can. He can still play the game. Hes still throwing the ball in practice. When it comes to sports, I think you take advantage of your opportunities. One thing that Kaep did was he took advantage of his opportunities. Hes a blessed young man. Not just this year, Im looking for big things out of Kaepernick.

On what his responsibility is to the younger players around the league: My responsibility is to try and lead, going out there and showing them how professionals are supposed to work. Early in my career, I looked at Cris Carter, Randall McDaniel, Randall Cunningham and John Randle, just seeing how professionals are supposed to work each and every day. Thats something that I thought I knew how to work, but then I went up to New England and ran into Kevin Faulk. Me and Kevin Faulk, we have a little bit of history together because we came out the same year in high school and were on the same All-American team. I said, Man, this is really how yall work? Like I said, I thought I knew how to work. I was working out in the mornings doing this and doing that. He took it an extra mile. He took it to the next level. What Ive learned and what Ive experienced and what guys like the Faulks and the John Randles and the Carters have taught me is that its my duty to give it back. Like I said, Ive always wanted to make the NFL better because there are different topics, good and bad, that come up every day about the NFL. As you know now, talking about concussions and trying to take player safety downward instead of upward, I think its my duty to do whatever I can to give back to the league to make it better.

On what he has done to become a better professional: I just think my work ethic and my preparation each and every day. I dont do anything different. Probably the last five or six years, Ive always taken the approach to do everything that I need to do in the morning. Once you sit in the classroom all day and jot down your notes, look at film and go out to practice, I think Im so mentally and physically drained that I cant go lift another weight. There are a lot of guys that can vouch for this, that once that evening meeting comes after practice, a lot of guys are tired and a lot of guys do doze off. Not in Coach Harbaughs meetings. Hell call you outside and want to talk to you for a minute. Whats said? I dont know. I havent been caught yet. Hopefully, Ill be able to hold strong this week.

On what are some of his good memories from New England: The memories that I have in New England are just something that I hold dear to my heart because of what we accomplished. Im trying to do something here special in San Francisco, too. I dont want to sit up here and talk about the Patriots because the Patriots are the past. Im living in the present. Its not hard to get what we did because we did some great things up there. I think being here with the 49ers and the organization giving me the opportunity to come back to this game, its something that I wanted to do and I just want to go out here and play football. I know in a couple days, this stadium is going to be full of cameras, full of 49ers and Ravens fans. The atmosphere is going to be crazy. Its something that I look forward to and hopefully Ill step up for the moment.

On Moss TV: Moss TV, it was something for the fans. A friend of mine told me that Ive never really given back to the fans. I think that when I started Moss TV, that was just the way of my fans being able to interact with me and ask questions and things like that and feel like we were face-to-face. I couldnt see them, but they could see me and I could see their questions. I think that was just my way of giving back to the fans. I know there are some true Moss fans out there. I mess with them every day on Twitter. My little slogan is My comeback is our comeback. I really do believe that because I do know there are some true fans out in the world that love me for who I am. I really thank them for that. When Im able to give back, its what I do on Sundays. I look forward to a good game this Sunday.

On his post-football plans and if he thinks hell do any coaching once his playing career is over: I think if I do any type of coaching, I think I would like for it to be on the high school level. The collegiate level and professional level takes up a lot of your time. Being able to go to high school is where youre on the verge of thinking youre something and you might not be, but you could be something. My experience, throughout my whole life, I think thats where Im able to impact and give back the most is probably on the high school level. So if I did any type of coaching, it would be on the high school level. I just want to love my family and do a little fishing. Thats about it.

On if hes ever had an imaginary girlfriend: No. If I did, I never told anybody about it.

On what would happen if someone tried to hoax him: Speaking of the linebacker from Notre Dame, I feel for the young guy. We all do some things in our life that we wish we could have back or we regret. Like I said, when youre going to a prestigious school such as Notre Dame and being in the limelight, being up for the Heisman, I think that you have to expectIve always said you have to take the good with the good and the bad with the bad. Ive been a fan of his since he came on the scene playing football and being catfished I guess. Hes not the only one. Big ups to him and I hope he keeps his head up.

On if he still thinks about the Super Bowl loss to the Giants: I still think about it. I still think about the loss in 07. I can still say that I havent seen the game. I havent watched the game of it yet. The only time that I really watch the game is when we are doing film study and critiquing ourselves after a win or loss. I go to the coachesIve always been coachable. I think there was some stuff out there early in my career that I wasnt coachable. I still dont know everything. I think when it comes to players and coaches, sometimes the coaches need to sit their butts down and listen too because they expect us to listen. Were out here playing. Were out here putting our lives on the line. I think Ive always been coachable. I love to be coached by a guy that loves to listen.

On if he typically watches the replays of games: I would probably love to watch it. I really do. Theres just something about 07, being undefeated going into a Super Bowl and losing it like that. Ill never forget that moment because its not fun when youre sweating and you have confetti dropping down and sticking to your face knowing that youre not on the winning side of the confetti.

On if winning this Super Bowl will make up for losing in 2007: No, I think Ill still remember that because if I win this one, that means I could have had two. Thats something Ill never forget.

On comparing Jim Harbaugh to Bill Belichick: They both have their styles of coaching. I think Coach Harbaugh, he loves to have fun. He has a lot of stories. Some are very, very comical. Others are just pushing forward and keep striving. Coach Belichick is very business-oriented. He doesnt really show a lot of emotion. He prepares his guys and really doesnt crack a smile. I think the comparison between the two, if I could put it on, is Coach Belichick is really straight forward and Coach Harbaugh sometimes gets off the road and keeps it humorous.

On if Bill Belichick was a good listener: Yeah, not every coach is going to listen because certain coaches are stuck in their ways and Im not talking about any particular coach. If a certain coach has gotten to this point doing it the way hes done it, they just do it their way. This game has changed and evolved like no other. I think its time for the coaches, and you can take it down to high school even, these guys watch us train. I think if coaches would take time to really talk to the players and see how they see it on the field because if youre sitting up there watching as the eye in the sky or watching from afar to see whats going on, it might not be as easy as it looks because football is a game of reaction and how you react to the play.

Five things to look for from the NFL annual meetings this week

Five things to look for from the NFL annual meetings this week

PHOENIX -- Bill Belichick may not be speaking with the media here this week, but there will be plenty for us to examine at the annual league meetings. 

Reporters were informed via a team spokesperson that the Patriots coach would not be in attendance at the AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday morning -- where in the past orange juice has been sipped and tape recorders have been bulldozed -- due to a scouting conflict. 

The breakfast is not mandatory for coaches so for Belichick to use his time at a college pro day (Florida, Texas and Iowa State all have theirs scheduled for Tuesday) or a private workout comes as little surprise. He's been busy on the Trail of Due Diligence in recent weeks, making visits to Vanderbilt, Ohio State and Michigan in order to get a closer look at prospects.

Five weeks behind, remember? No days off. 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is planning to meet with reporters on Monday so we'll have an opportunity to hear from him on a variety of topics when that comes to pass. 

Here are some of the other Patriots-related stories we'll be doing some digging on this week as we keep you updated with blog posts, occasional television hits, tweets (@PhilAPerry), Instagram shots (@PhilAPerry), and maybe even a podcast or two.

-- What does the rest of the league think when it sees the way the Patriots have attacked this offseason? How will the new pieces fit? Do other coaches and executives see it as Belichick going all in on 2017? Or is this just a case of a team adhering to its motto of doing "what's best for the football team" -- both in the short and long-term?

-- What's next for the Patriots? They're not done building the roster, so where might they turn next? Will they add other lower-level free agents? Will they be looking to trade back into the first and second rounds? Which positions seem to be of interest to them in the draft, and how might that signal the direction this roster is headed?

-- What is the feeling on the future at the quarterback position in New England? We know the Patriots aren't looking to give away Jimmy Garoppolo, but do people around the league really feel as though a haul of draft picks won't get the Patriots to think twice about trading him? Is it possible that in this rare scenario -- where the franchise quarterback is playing at an MVP-level but headed into his 40-year-old season -- people could see the Patriots paying two passers a starter's salary?

-- Will anything happen with Malcolm Butler before the meetings are out? Some have speculated that if his status as a restricted free agent (with an unsigned first-round tender) is to change anytime soon, it could happen here, where presumably his agent will be able to hear offers from one or more clubs in person. Will Butler find a team willing to give him an offer sheet and relinquish its first-round pick to the Patriots? Or will he sign his tender -- whether it's with the intent to play for the Patriots in 2017, or to be traded?

-- Rules changes are coming. We just don't know which ones. Will the linebacker leap (executed by Jamie Collins and Shea McClellin under Belichick) be eliminated? Will Stephen Gostkowski soon be looking to blast kickoffs through the uprights due to the passing of a rule that would place the ball at the 20 as opposed to the 25 for such a feat? Will real-time replay decisions suddenly shift from the officials on the field to the NFL offices at 345 Park Avenue? We'll let you know which proposals are held up, which fall flat, and how the Patriots might be impacted. Belichick and his staff did not submit any proposals for the second consecutive year.

Film review: Burkhead provides Patriots combination of power, quickness

Film review: Burkhead provides Patriots combination of power, quickness

Rex Burkhead knew he was staring at a rare opportunity.

Going into Cincinnati's 2016 season finale, the 5-foot-10, 210-pound back was averaging just three carries per game. But with both Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard injured, the fourth-year player out of Nebraska understood he had a chance to put something on tape that would help him land a job in the offseason. 

MORE FILM REVIEW:


"Can't lie," Burkhead told his college teammate Adam Carriker. "Going into free agency, I knew that game was huge. It was a good opportunity for me to show what I could do. I guess it kind of helped me out."

It certainly didn't hurt. 

Burkhead ran 27 times for 119 yards and two scores against the Ravens, showing off an intriguing blend of toughness and elusiveness in the process. 

Burkead was already an accomplished special-teamer -- he led the Bengals in special-teams tackles last season -- but his performance against the NFL's fifth-ranked rushing defense made it clear that he could be leaned upon for more than just a few carries every week.

The Patriots must have taken notice. 

They signed Burkhead earlier this month to a one-year deal that will pay him $1.8 million in base salary and carry what some considered a relatively surprising maximum value of $3.15 million. That's more than the $1 million LeGarrette Blount was offered on his one-year deal last year, and it's enough to make Burkhead the highest-paid running back on the roster. 

What did the Patriots see from Burkhead that made him worth that kind of money? Let's take a closer look at his film -- particularly what he did in Week 17 last season -- to get a sense of what he might be able to do in New England. 

SEEKS OUT CONTACT
The Patriots have long had a "big back" on their roster. Most recently, that's been Blount, who has been complemented by sub back James White and all-purpose runner Dion Lewis. 

Before Blount it was Stevan Ridley. Before Ridley, it was BenJarvus Green-Ellis. You can go all the way back to Corey Dillon and Antowain Smith. Belichick likes runners who can get what's blocked, protect the football, then create their own yards in the secondary by punishing defensive backs.

Burkhead doesn't quite tip the scales as those players listed above -- though he comes close to Green-Ellis (5-11, 215) -- yet he's currently the biggest back on the Patriots roster, and he seems to run with a bruiser's mentality. 

On his very first carry against the Ravens, when he got through the line of scrimmage and into the secondary, he saw that safety Matt Elam had him lined up. Instead of trying to spin away from Elam or hurdle him, Burkhead lowered his shoulder and became the aggressor. 

Elam, who was thought to be one of the biggest hitters to enter the league four years ago, had to give himself a moment before popping back up to his feet after the collision. 

Statement made. 

Burkhead's strength, it seems, is his strength. Just ask Eric Weddle and the rest of the Ravens how he turned this play into a nine-yard gain to help the Bengals bleed the clock late in the fourth quarter. 



Burkhead consistently fought through first contact and fell forward to pick up maximum yardage snap after snap versus Baltimore's stingy run defense. On his first touchdown of the game, he was tripped up near the line of scrimmage but showed good balance by stumbling into the end zone from five yards away. 

Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of Burkhead's performance against the Ravens was his ability to keep the Bengals out of negative plays. On multiple occasions, he was hit at the line of scrimmage or behind it and consistently made his way back to the line or beyond it. 

Early in the fourth quarter, he was hit for what looked like it would be a three or four-yard loss yet somehow he was able to twist and dive back for no gain. Midway through the second, he was hit at the line and turned it into a four-yard pickup. 



One of the reasons Lewis has been so valuable to the Patriots when healthy the last two seasons is that when things break down up front, and when it looks like Tom Brady is about to be looking at second-and-11, he cuts and knifes forward for a yard or two or more. 

Those aren't big plays in the box score, but they're critical when it comes to extending drives. It seems like Burkhead has the ability to submit the same kinds of small-but-important gains with a hard-charging style all his own.

VISION, QUICKNESS TO FIND RUNNING ROOM
For someone who seems to enjoy imposing his will on would-be tacklers, Burkhead has a good amount of wiggle to his game. His vision and lateral quickness helped him make Ravens defenders look silly at times. 

As opposed to burrowing into a pile of bodies at the line of scrimmage early in the third quarter, his jump cut to the right helped him find space in the open field for an eye-opening eight-yard run. 



On the very next down, he was stopped a yard behind the line of scrimmage but was able to pick up three thanks to another jump cut that allowed him to stretch the run out wide.

In the fourth, Burkhead showed good patience by stalling behind the block of receiver Brandon LaFell, picking a path, and running decisively once he did. 



Burkhead may not be Lewis when it comes to his elusiveness, but he has the ability to mix in some off-speed stuff in between snaps spent trying to bowl over tacklers. 

Asked by Carriker if he preferred powering through defenders or bouncing around them, Burkhead said he'd actually go with the latter. 

"I think making a guy miss just because I feel like they don't expect that from me a lot of times," Burkhead explained. "But growing up I always took good pride in that. Just my quickness, my ability to make my guy miss."

MR. VERSATILITY
Part of what makes Burkhead's signing so interesting is that he doesn't fit tightly into the definition of either "big back" or "sub back." He seems somewhat like a larger version of Lewis -- an all-purpose runner who he can be used in a variety of packages and deployed in a variety of positions.

Burkhead has run out of the I-formation and the shotgun. He's caught the ball out of the backfield and lined up as a receiver, where he spent most of Cinci's 2014 Divisional Round game against the Colts. He caught three passes that day for 34 yards and ran a reverse for a gain of 23. 

"He has tremendous short-area quickness," then-Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said during training camp two years ago. "His 10-yard times were off the charts; his three-cone was off the charts. He's very talented [as a receiver]."

However Burkhead is used, he'll very likely continue to see time as a contributor in the kicking game. Not only does he have a wealth of experience when it comes to covering kicks, but he's served as a kick-returner in the past as well. 

So to recap: Running back...receiver...special-teamer.

Sure sounds like someone Belichick would be willing to invest in.