|Date of Birth:||07/02/1990|
|Drafted:||2013 | Round 6 | Pick 190|
|Depth Chart:||2nd string|
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Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears talks up Rex Burkhead.
According to MassLive, last week Fears said "this time last year, [Burkhead] started showing us what he could do. Once you get a chance to see it, you sort of build on it. Rex is something special. I like him." This is pretty high praise for Burkhead, who battled a couple of injuries last season—one at the beginning of the season and one at the end of the season—but still had eight touchdowns in ten regular season games. However, the Patriots did add Jeremy Hill in free agency (who Fears says he really liked coming out of college), as well as former Georgia running back Sony Michel in the first round of the draft; however, New England did lose Dion Lewis (180 carries last season). The Patriots could go with a totally different offensive attack than what we've seen in recent years, but they certainly have a lot of running back talent on the depth chat. Aside from James White on third downs, there's uncertainty about the roles in the backfield, which happens a lot with the Patriots. As of now, Burkhead appears to have a leg up on everyone else as the primary early-down back in 2018.
The Patriots are re-signing Rex Burkhead to a multi-year deal, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe.
Burkhead was one of the top free-agent backs still available, and New England was able to lock him up with a long-term contract at the start of the new league year. Turning 28 in July, Burkhead flashed some serious upside when he was on the field in the Pats offense, and he should have a larger role in 2018 with Dion Lewis now in Tennessee. Look for him to be undervalued in fantasy drafts over the summer.
Rex Burkhead gets four touches versus Philadelphia in Super Bowl LII.
Burkhead had a series where he was given consecutive carries and did some damage on the ground, and overall he had three receptions for 18 yards and added a 46-yard reception on a screen pass that it looked like he was going to take the distance until he was just caught from behind. In his first season with the Patriots, Burkhead showed he is a versatile weapon both on offense and special teams. He should certainly have a role in 2018 and could end up putting up bigger numbers offensively if he can stay healthy.
Rex Burkhead gets one touch in AFC Championship win.
Burkhead made his return after missing the last three games for New England, but he didn't get much action, carrying once for five yards. The carry was on a nicely-designed reverse, and Burkhead also contributed on special teams as usual. He did have a brace on his knee, so Burkhead might not be quite at 100%. Burkhead will have a couple weeks to get healthier and potentially get a bigger offensive role in the Super Bowl.
Rex Burkhead (knee) is officially active for the AFC Championship.
NFL Network reported last week that Burkhead was going play and ESPN reported the same this morning; it's now official, and the versatile running back will be another weapon for the Patriots against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Burkhead hasn't played since Week 15 when he first injured his knee, but he should be able to step right into a sizable role. He's probably the favorite for goal line carries today.
Rex Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for the AFC Championship.
Burkhead was reportedly set to return this Sunday against the Jaguars with a Super Bowl trip on the line, but he was only limited in practice all week, indicating it's no lock he'll return after missing the last three games. Dion Lewis and James White are obviously capable of carrying the load for New England, but they could use another versatile back in the mix on offense and as a contributor on special teams. Burkhead's game status will be known by around 1:30 PM ET on Sunday.
Rex Burkhead (knee) was limited in Thursday's practice.
It's the same as Wednesday's status, and the same routine that was followed last week before Burkhead was inactive against the Titans. However, the Patriots played last Saturday night, so Friday's session should be telling for their versatile running back. They could definitely use him against the Jags.
Rex Burkhead (knee) was limited in today's practice.
Burkhead is reportedly set to return this Sunday for the AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars, but it'd be good to see him get a full practice in before declaring him set to return. This was the first official practice of the week, so hopefully he's a full participant tomorrow or Friday.
Rex Burkhead (knee) is inactive for the Divisional Round.
Burkhead was limited in practice all week and isn't at 100%, as he reportedly isn't moving around well enough right now. James White (ankle) is active for New England, so he'll be available to work behind Dion Lewis in the backfield. If the Patriots are able to get past the Titans tonight, they'll hope for Burkhead to be available for the AFC Championship against Pittsburgh or Jacksonville.
Rex Burkhead (knee) is officially questionable for playoff game against the Titans.
Like teammate James White (ankle), Burkhead was limited in practice all week ahead of being listed as questionable on the official injury report for the game. Burkhead's status might come down to how he's moving in pregame on Saturday, and he should be considered a true 50/50 for now. It's also possible Burkhead is limited in the game even if he is active, so Dion Lewis looks like the best bet for fantasy production.
Rex Burkhead (knee) gets in another limited practice.
The good news for Burkhead is he apparently hasn't had issues with his knee injury from Week 15, as he's practiced the last two days. It would be nice to see Burkhead get in a full practice tomorrow, but it might not be necessary for him to play on Saturday. Meanwhile, Mike Gillislee (knee) remains out of practice for the Patriots.
Rex Burkhead (knee) was limited in today's practice.
Burkhead is off to a positive start this week, and it looks like he has a solid chance of playing on Saturday against Tennessee. The Patriots aren't likely to put him out there if he's not close to his usual self, but Burkhead practicing to start the week is a sign that he could be close enough to 100%.
Rex Burkhead (knee) is not playing this week.
Burkhead's knee injury will force him to miss his second straight game, and now the hope is that he's ready for the playoffs in a couple of weeks. The first regular season for Burkhead in New England ends with 64 carries for 264 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns along with 30 receptions for 254 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns in ten games played. Burkhead is also a big-time special teams contributor, so hopefully he's ready to go for the Divisional Round.
Rex Burkhead (knee) did not practice today.
Burkhead isn't likely to play until at least the Divisional Round of the playoffs. He'll likely be ruled out tomorrow.
Rex Burkhead (knee) remains out of practice.
Burkhead isn't likely to play in the regular season finale on Sunday against the Jets. The hope right now is probably for Burkhead to be ready to go in the Divisional Round three weekends from now. We'll update you if Burkhead happens to hit the practice field before week's end.
The Patriots hope Rex Burkhead (knee) is ready for the playoffs.
It sounds like Burkhead's regular season is over, but he thankfully appears to have avoided a serious knee injury. New England probably won't be eager to give any updates on Burkhead's status in the coming weeks, so it'll likely be a bit of a guessing game. But expect him to be out for Weeks 16 and 17, which is a big loss for both the Patriots and fantasy owners that have relied on him over the last few weeks. Mike Gillislee, who has been a healthy scratch over the last several weeks, could now get an opportunity for the Patriots again. However, Dion Lewis is the preferred fantasy option for Week 16. It would've be surprising to see Gillislee get goal line touches and convert some scores, though. New England will miss Burkhead's four-down versatility.
Rex Burkhead has been ruled out against the Steelers with a knee injury.
CBS curiously didn't show any replays of when Burkhead was injured, but it turns out it's a knee issue and not a head injury. Immediately being declared out after getting looked at is probably not a great sign, but hopefully the absence doesn't extend past today's game. Dion Lewis and James White will handle most of the work in the backfield for the rest of this matchup with Pittsburgh. Before leaving, Burkhead converted yet another goal line touchdown and had four carries for 12 yards and the score along with a five-yard reception.
Rex Burkhead leaves game with apparent head injury.
Burkhead just took a hit early in the third quarter and some Steelers players immediately called over to the sideline for the training staff to come out and look at him. He remained down for a bit before walking off the under his own power, so hopefully he's OK and able to return to this game.
Rex Burkhead scores again in Patriots' loss.
Burkhead was very involved in the passing game early in the game, as he caught all his passes in the first half, and he punched in a goal line carry for a touchdown in the second quarter; but Burkhead wasn't very involved in the second half for New England. Overall, Burkhead had five carries for eight yards and a touchdown along with five receptions (on five targets) for 45 yards. The goal-line score was on a play where Burkhead showed great cutting ability to slice through a defender on his way across the plain. With five touchdowns over the last three games, Burkhead is a strong fantasy option for Week 15 against the Steelers.
Rex Burkhead scores two more touchdowns in Week 13 win.
Burkhead rushed 12 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns, also adding three receptions for 25 yards. The performance follows up a two-touchdown effort in Week 12, and Burkhead is getting hot at the right time for fantasy owners and the Patriots. The former Bengal should be in lineups as the fantasy playoffs get underway with a trip to Miami on Monday night.
Rex Burkhead scores twice in Week 12 win.
Burkhead rushed 13 times for 50 yards and a touchdown, adding two receptions for three yards and another score. There was cause for concern after last week's game when he fumbled, but Burkhead remained a big part of the offense, and it looks like he and Dion Lewis are the two main options for New England right now. With a significant role on the league's best offense, Burkhead is worthy of a spot in fantasy lineups every week. The Patriots travel to Buffalo next Sunday.
Rex Burkhead handles nine touches in Week 11 win.
Burkhead rushed five times for 16 yards and caught four passes for 21 yards. He also fumbled once, and although it wasn't lost, it's definitely worth noting for a Bill Belichick team. Burkhead was back in the game, but he could carry some extra risk in fantasy lineups next week against Miami.
Rex Burkhead scores and blocks a punt in Patriots’ win.
Burkhead scored the opening touchdown for the Patriots, as he ran a nice slant route for a 14-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Overall, he had ten carries for 36 yards and three receptions (on three targets) for 27 yards and a touchdown. The blocked punt was also big, as Burkhead came right up the middle and perfectly timed his block attempt to set up the Patriots in Broncos’ territory. If Mike Gillislee is going to remain inactive, Burkhead would be a good bet for 10+ touches each week. Playing in New England’s offense, he’ll be in the FLEX conversation next week versus Oakland.
Rex Burkhead plays well in Week 8.
Burkhead carried four times for 15 yards and worked as a reliable target for Tom Brady, catching all seven targets and gaining 68 receiving yards against the Chargers. This is something we could see a lot more from a healthy Burkhead moving forward, but he's not yet a trustworthy fantasy option, especially with his next matchup coming against the Broncos in Week 10.
Rex Burkhead handles seven touches in Week 7 win.
Burkhead rushed six times for 31 yards and caught an 11-yard pass in a 23-7 victory. The Patriots will continue to play all four running backs, but it looks like Dion Lewis is the preferred early-down option, and James White is obviously not losing work in the passing game. With Mike Gillislee still around for short-yardage work, Burkhead is nothing more than a change-of-pace right now, but things could change quickly under Bill Belichick. New England hosts the Chargers next Sunday.
Rex Burkhead is off the injury report.
After missing the last four games with a rib injury and working his way back in limited practices, Burkhead was a full participant today and does not have an injury designation for Sunday against the Falcons. The running back situation for the Patriots will be very interesting, and we could see all of Mike Gillislee, James White, Dion Lewis, and Burkhead active like they were in the beginning of the year, with no lock on who delivers fantasy value. Gillislee fumbled last week and was apparently benched for a long stretch of the game, so perhaps there is an opening for Burkhead. He's worth an add if you have an open bench spot on your roster.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) remains limited in practice.
We'll see how he's listed on the injury report when it's released tomorrow, but it doesn't seem like the Pats will play Burkhead until he's a full participant in practice.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) was limited in today's practice.
Burkhead has remained limited over the last few weeks, but he hasn't been ready to go on game days yet. When he returns, he might have a chance for a good chunk of carries, as Mike Gillislee fumbles last game and was benched for a bit—and it's unclear if New England would like to give Dion Lewis as many carries as they are giving him right now.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) has been ruled out for Week 6.
Burkhead still isn’t 100% recovered from his rib injury suffered in Week 2. This will be his fourth straight missed game, as the Patriots will go with Mike Gillislee, James White, and Dion Lewis in the backfield.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) is questionable for Week 6.
Burkhead was limited from Wednesday-Friday, so he might not be ready to play after still not getting a full practice in. The Patriots might opt to just hold him out again, with Mike Gillislee, James White, and Dion Lewis capable of handling backfield duties.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) was limited in practice today.
Burkhead still isn't fully participating, so his status for Sunday might not be locked in yet. We'll see how he's listed on the injury report tomorrow.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) was limited in practice today.
There was thought that he might be a full participant, but it's only Wednesday and his activity could be ramped up as the week progresses. Burkhead has missed the last three games.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Week 5.
On a short week, Burkhead was a limited participant in practice all week but will not play tomorrow night against Tampa Bay. He seems to be getting close though, so maybe he'll be able to practice fully next week and get out there for Week 6 against the Jets.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) was a limited participant in practice today.
A full participation would have been great for his chances to play against the Bucs on Thursday, but he still might be able to play. We'll see how he's listed tomorrow.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) was limited in practice today.
A full participation tomorrow would really help Burkhead's chances of playing on Thursday night against the Bucs, but we'll see what happens.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out today against the Panthers.
Burkhead was listed as doubtful, so this was expected. The good news is Burkhead was able to be a limited participant in Friday's practice, so it looks like he could have a chance to play on Thursday night against the Buccaneers in Week 5.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) is listed as doubtful for Week 4.
Burkhead was able to be a limited participant in practice today, giving him a slight chance to play on Sunday against the Panthers. It's still likely Burkhead will miss the game, but it looks like he should definitely be ready to go on next Thursday night against the Buccaneers.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) misses practice again.
It doesn't look like Burkhead will be out there against the Panthers this week, but we'll see if he's able to hit the practice field tomorrow. This would be the second straight missed game for Burkhead if he were to be ruled out. If he doesn't practice tomorrow, he'll probably be declared inactive ahead of the weekend.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) did not practice today.
Burkhead didn't practice all last week and missed Sunday's win over the Texans. This obviously isn't a great start to this week for his chances of playing in Week 4, but it's still only Wednesday.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Week 3.
Burkhead didn’t practice all week, so this was expected. The Pats are lucky to have a stacked backfield that includes Mike Gillislee, James White, and Dion Lewis, and received Danny Amdndola is back after missing Week 2 with a concussion. This shouldn’t have a huge effect on Tom Brady, and it could mean a few more touches for the other backs.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) misses practice for second straight day.
It doesn't appear likely Burkhead will be ready to go on Sunday against the Texans. Maybe he'll be able to get in some work during practice tomorrow, but he would almost certainly be declared inactive if not.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) did not practice today.
Burkhead left Sunday's win against the Saints after catching a touchdown early in the game. He's going to need to practice if the Patriots play him on Sunday, so check back in tomorrow and Friday on his status.
Rex Burkhead (ribs) leaves Week 2 game.
Burkhead, who scored a 19-yard touchdown on a pass from Tom Brady earlier, is questionable to return to the game. The Patriots typically don't reveal much about their injuries, so we'll see if they give info on Burkhead in the coming days if necessary.
Rex Burkhead starts opening game for the Patriots.
Dion Lewis was listed as the starter on the NBC lineup introductions, but Burkhead took the opening snaps for New England against the Chiefs. After the start of the game, Mike Gillislee and James White took over most of the work in the game. Burkhead had three carries for 15 yards and caught one-of-three targets for eight yards. Gillislee scored three touchdowns at the goal line and appears locked into that role. Burkhead will have some big weeks, but he might not end up being consistent enough to put in your fantasy lineup.
Rex Burkhead returned to practice for the Patriots yesterday.
It's unclear what injury caused him to miss the Patriots' third preseason game, but he's back practicing for the team. It's totally unclear who will be the primary running back for the Patriots this season—or if there will even be one guy that gets the majority of the carries. There's been some speculation the versatile Burkhead could get some time in the slot after the loss of Julian Edelman to a torn ACL. Everyone will get time in New England's backfield, but Mike Gillislee is probably the favorite for most of the carries and most of the goal line work. It could be a frustrating situation for fantasy owners, though.
Rex Burkhead is not playing in New England's preseason game against Detroit.
It's unclear why Burkhead isn't playing in the game with the rest of the offense. Dion Lewis, James White, and Mike Gillislee all played with the first team in the exhibition, with Gillislee rushing for a touchdown at the goal line and also converting a two-point conversion at the goal line. We'll see if the Patriots reveal why Burkhead didn't play in the game.
Bill Belichick says Rex Burkhead can play all three downs.
The Patriots head coach was on a conference call with reporters and was asked about how he's seen Burkhead progress from the spring, when he first arrived with the team, to now. Belichick said, "Rex has missed very little time. He's been out there every day. And we've worked with him in all areas of the game that we think he can contribute in, which is all three downs offensively..." Belichick also noted the team has been looking at Burkhead since he was in college at Nebraska, and it wasn't just one game last year (Burkhead's only career start, 119 rushing yards and two touchdowns) that made them interested in him. While Burkhead has been practicing and not missing much time, Mike Gillislee has missed a couple of weeks of practice with a hamstring injury. Even if Gillislee ultimately becomes the lead runner in New England's backfield, Burkhead is one of the best selections at the end of fantasy drafts (though his ADP should rise in the coming weeks).
Rex Burkhead shines in preseason debut for New England.
With Mike Gillislee out with a hamstring, Burkhead worked as the clear lead runner for the Pats and took advantage with Tom Brady and the starters. Burkhead carried seven times for 20 yards and added three receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came on an excellent circle-type route by Burkhead, where he shook the defender and Brady hit Burkhead in the chest and allowed him to run right up the middle of the defense untouched for a 22-yard touchdown. Somehow, Burkhead is currently going undrafted in fantasy leagues, but that'll change. There aren't many better late-round targets than him, considering his upside.
"Word is Burkhead was chased by Bill Belichick and Bill Belichick alone," according to Mike Giardi of CSNNE.
It sounds like Belichick really wanted Burkhead, at least if you believe this report from CSN New England. Remember: Burkhead was signed before Mike Gillislee, who was signed over a month later; until Gilislee signed, Burkhead was seen as the clear back ready to take over as the team's primary runner. Belichick did make clear recently that he wants more balance and versatility from his running backs to help make the offense more balanced, noting that last year LeGarrette Blount was primarily a runner. Burkhead is an all-around back that can run inside, run outside, catch the ball out of the backfield, and pass protect, and he's reportedly gotten plenty of goal line work, especially when Gillislee missed practice. This situation is one of the most important to monitor during the preseason.
Hue Jackson speaks very highly of new Patriots running back Rex Burkhead at the coaches breakfast during the NFL Owners Meetings.
Jackson, of course, coached Burkhead in Cincinnati for three seasons before he took the Browns head coaching job. Jackson said Burkhead is "very talented" and should "flourish" with his opportunity in New England. Burkhead was behind Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard with the Bengals, but it looks like he may step into a big role with the Patriots. Burkhead had 119 yards and two touchdowns in his only career start at the end of last season for the Bengals. Assuming they don't add another running back, Burkhead has big upside in the Patriots offense this season.
Pats add Rex Burkhead to the running back mix.
Burkhead seems like he will fit perfectly with New England. He can play special teams and do many things from the backfield. If the Patriots don't add another back, Burkhead could also take the goal line role and get a good amount of carries in the backfield. It's hard to predict what the Patriots offense will be like with the addition of Brandin Cooks and their ability to change from week-to-week and year-to-year, so it's hard to predict Burkhead's role. He'll be a part of an explosive offense, that's for sure.
Rex Burkhead is visiting with the Patriots, according to Field Yates.
Burkhead would probably fit right in with New England, and this visit could signal they aren't worried about bringing in a 'big back' like they've had in recent years. With the addition of Brandin Cooks to a now stacked receiving group, perhaps the Pats are going with a full spread attack this season. Or it could just be due diligence on a good player.
Rex Burkhead has a big day in season finale.
Burkhead rushed 27 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-10 win over the Ravens. He also had two catches for 25 yards. With Jeremy Hill out, Burkhead dominated touches for the Bengals. He finished the season with 74 carries fro 344 yards (4.6 YPC) and two touchdowns, adding 17 catches for 145 yards. Burkhead was actually an elite prospect in high school before running into injuries, and it will be interesting to see where he lands in 2017.
Rex Burkhead gets 16 touches in Week 16.
Burkhead had 12 carries for 42 yards and four catches for 24 yards versus Houston. With Jeremy Hill (knee) limited, Burkhead worked as the Bengals' lead back. He could do the same in Week 17 against the Ravens, and isn't a bad FLEX option.
Rex Burkhead rushed seven times for 32 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards in the Bengals' 24-20 loss to the Steelers.
Burkhead continues to make the most of his touches with Giovani Bernard (knee) out of the lineup, but he will not be a great fantasy option against the Texans on Christmas Eve. Consider him a weak FLEX play.
Rex Burkhead rushed nine times for 45 yards in Sunday's win over the Browns.
He also caught a six-yard pass. Burkhead is just a change-of-pace option behind Jeremy Hill, so he's not worth a look outside of deeper leagues. The Bengals play the Steelers in Week 15.
Rex Burkhead leads Bengals in rushing for second straight week.
He had eight carries for 38 yards and four catches for 28 yards. Burkhead has settled in nicely, replacing Giovani Bernard (knee) as the Bengals change of pace back. Burkhead is an extremely versatile player that can play in the backfield, in the slot, and out wide. He's a decent FLEX option in a great matchup against Cleveland next week.
Burkhead leads Bengals in rushing as they fall to Ravens.
He rushed five times for 29 yards, and caught two passes for 19 yards. Burkhead broke off a long of 17 yards, and out-gained Jeremy Hill on the ground by eight yards (Hill had 12 carries for 21 yards). Burkhead is picking up a lot of the touches that Giovani Bernard (knee) left behind, and will be the change-of-pace again next week versus the Eagles. Still, he is no more than a weak FLEX play.
Rex Burkhead caught one pass for 14 yards in Sunday’s loss.
He can stay on the waiver wire as a bit player for the Bengals.