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Vontaze Burfict has been one of the brightest additions to the Bengals roster this year. Pretty unbelievable considering he was an undrafted free agent.
Burfict has been the spark on defense that we had hoped to find in Dre Kirkpatrick.
He may be a little raw and take himself out of plays sometimes, but the positives outweigh the negatives.
Burfict has great anticipation, and more often than not, he guesses correctly. It's a sharp contrast to Rey Maualuga, who is the antithesis of a gambler, reacting to plays—sometimes way too late.
It'll be interesting to see how inspired Burfict plays once he's been paid, but right now, he's looking like a lock to remain a solid starter heading forward.
Burfict is doing everything right at the moment and has made some heads-up plays, like his fumble recovery on Sunday.
It's easy to have faith in Burfict to make the key play when the time comes.