Mind games

Scouts whiffed on Vontaze Burfict. Will they avoid missing the next Burfict?

Originally Published: February 19, 2014
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

VONTAZE BURFICT IS not in the room. He isn't one week away from his first trip to the Pro Bowl. He isn't stretched out on a white leather sectional couch at his girlfriend's parents' house. He doesn't have a Chihuahua asleep on his thigh. And there isn't a vacuum cleaner whirring down one hallway while a piano plinks down the other.

Okay, actually, he is here, and that is all happening. Physically. But mentally, the Bengals linebacker is far, far away from this ...

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