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Week 1 Workload Distribution
Rex Burkhead: 50.7% snaps, 18 carries, 64 yards, 0 TD, 3 targets, 1 reception, 5 yards, 0 TD
James White: 48.0% snaps, 5 carries, 18 yards, 0 TD, 9 targets, 4 receptions, 38 yards, 1 TD
Jeremy Hill: 16.0% snaps, 4 carries, 25 yards, 0 TD, 1 target, 1 reception, 6 yards, 0 TD
Sony Michel: Inactive
Before the beginning of training camp, New England’s backfield was crowded but healthy. As we enter Week 2, it is neither.
Sony Michel missed the entire preseason with a knee injury and sat out Week 1. After a solid start against the Houston Texans, Jeremy Hill left the game with what turned out to be a torn ACL, so his season is already over. Burkhead appeared to come out of Week 1 unscathed, but he was in the concussion protocol as of Wednesday, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. Michael remained limited in practice.
That leaves White as the only healthy Patriots RB who touched the ball in Week 1.
New England could add Kenneth Farrow or use special-teamer Kenjon Barner if Burkhead and/or Michel is unavailable. Either way, White’s role as a receiver could be massive in Week 2, especially if the Jacksonville Jaguars secondary slows down the Patriots WRs and Rob Gronkowski.
This backfield has already become a week-to-week situation. When Michel is ready, he should have a significant role, but it’s up to the coaching staff to decide when that will happen. Burkhead is usually on the RB2/RB3 borderline when healthy. White is a reliable RB3/flex with RB2 potential in any given week, especially this weekend in Jacksonville.