Patriots absences put spotlight on depth pieces at key positions

For every "Is this how the Patriots are really going to look this year?" moment that took place Monday's joint practice with the Jaguars, there could have been almost as many "Is he really going to be playing when it matters?" inquiries. The Patriots are currently without a handful of presumed regulars for a variety of reasons, meaning players who look like depth pieces continue to get frequent reps to show what they can do. With Mike Gillislee dealing with something that has kept him out of team drills for the last handful of practices, Burkhead has occasionally stepped in for short-yardage and goal-line situations and produced admirably.

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