|Date of Birth:||07/02/1990|
|Drafted:||2013 | Round 6 | Pick 190|
|Depth Chart:||3rd string|
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The Texans signed Rex Burkhead to a contract extension.
Burkhead is being rewarded for a strong stretch working as the lead runner for Houston to end the season, and the extension will keep the veteran running back with the Texans through next season. Burkhead will now look to finish the 2021 season on a high note this Sunday against the Colts.
Rex Burkhead (groin) is questionable to return for the Texans.
David Johnson (COVID list) was already ruled out earlier today, and now Burkhead is dealing with this groin injury. Royce Freeman is set to handle most of the backfield work for Houston with Burkhead out of this Week 14 matchup against the Seahawks.
The Texans signed Rex Burkhead.
This is another surprise signing for Houston, as they are absolutely stacked at running back after also signing veterans Mark Ingram and Phillip Lindsay to join David Johnson in the backfield. However, Burkhead is a four-down type of player that can be a major contributor on special teams, and he has the New England connection with new Texans general manager Nick Caserio. In four seasons with the Patriots, Burkhead had 253 carries for 1,026 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns along with 96 receptions for 856 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns. Burkhead also scored the game-winning touchdown in the AFC Championship Game in 2019 and won Super Bowl LIII with the Patriots, so the Texans are brining in an accomplished player that'll help set the foundation for the new regime.
Rex Burkhead (knee) is out for the season.
Burkhead tweeted the news, adding that he looks forward to getting back on the field next season. The versatile running back is set to become a free agent this offseason, but he's been an excellent fit with the Patriots as an unselfish player that will contribute on both offense and special teams. Burkhead's 2020 season ends with 67 carries for 274 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns along with 25 receptions for 192 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns in ten games.
Rex Burkhead leaves game with apparent leg injury.
Burkhead was injured on a toss and had to be carted to the locker room, so this doesn't look good. Burkhead is likely out for the rest of today's game, and hopefully it's not quite as bad as it looks given the cart. Before leaving, Burkhead had four carries for seven yards and two receptions for five yards against the Texans.
Rex Burkhead has restructured his contract.
Burkhead remains in the final year of his contract with the Patriots, but he restructures to remain with the team and create nearly $1 million in cap space. The veteran running back is a great team player that will contribute on both offense and special teams whenever called upon, but he'll likely go undrafted in most 2020 fantasy leagues.
Rex Burkhead (foot) is officially active for Week 9.
Burkhead was listed as questionable entering tonight, but he was expected to play after making his return to the lineup last Sunday. Burkhead is tough to trust in fantasy lineups, but you could do worse than a good player mixing in on one of the leagues’ top offenses.
Rex Burkhead (foot) is questionable for Week 9.
Burkhead is expected to suit up after playing last week, but he won't be a highly recommended fantasy option behind Sony Michel and James White. The 29-year-old handled four touches last week against the Browns.
Rex Burkhead (foot) is officially active for Week 8.
Burkhead is back on the field after missing the last three games for the Patriots, and he’ll join a crowded backfield. The versatile veteran running back is not a highly recommended fantasy option against the Browns, but his presence will be a real-life boost for New England.
Rex Burkhead (foot) is officially listed as questionable for Week 8.
Burkhead hasn't appeared in a game since September, so the Patriots would like to get him back before October ends; but it's a toss-up as to whether he will play this week against the Browns. The Patriots kickoff at 4:25 PM ET.
Rex Burkhead (foot) remains limited in practice.
Burkhead has been limited in practice because of his foot issue the past few weeks, but he has not played in a game. We'll update you if anything changes, but expect him to remain limited tomorrow and Friday.
Rex Burkhead (foot) has been downgraded to out for tomorrow night.
Burkhead looks like he won't be making the trip to New York for the Monday night game against the Jets. Sony Michel and James White will continue handling most of the backfield work for the Patriots, with Brandon Bolden mixing in.
Rex Burkhead (foot) is officially questionable for Week 7.
Burkhead remained limited in practice again all week, and his status looks completely up in the air for Monday night. It’s difficult to count on him suiting up for Week 7, and ideally you’ll have a better fantasy option to insert into your lineup.
Rex Burkhead (foot) remains limited in practice.
Burkhead has missed the last two games with his foot issue, and we'll see if he can work his way into a questionable tag when the final Week 7 injury report is released tomorrow.
Rex Burkhead (foot) was limited in practice.
Burkhead's status remains up in the air for Monday Night Football, but he may not have a full role if he ends up suiting up. Fantasy owners are probably better off looking elsewhere for Week 7.
Rex Burkhead (foot) is officially inactive for Week 6.
This was reportedly going to be the case, and now it's official. Burkhead isn't quite 100%, and the Patriots aren't going to put him out there in a game they frankly shouldn't have much trouble winning at home. This will be Burkhead's second consecutive missed game, but he's at least been practicing on a limited basis and should have a pretty good shot to play in Week 7 against the Jets.
Rex Burkhead (foot) is questionable for Week 6.
Burkhead didn't play in Week 5, and the team may also hold him out on Thursday night if he's not 100% healthy. The veteran won't be a highly recommended fantasy option if he's active in a game New England should handle.
Rex Burkhead (foot) has been ruled out for Week 5.
This is a bit of a surprise after Burkhead played through the foot injury last week, but Burkhead presumably is not traveling to Washington for tomorrow's game and has been ruled out. Frankly, the Patriots probably know they shouldn't have much trouble beating the Redskins, and there's a quick turnaround with a Thursday game in Week 6, so they'll look for Burkhead to get closer to 100%.
Rex Burkhead (foot) is officially listed as questionable for Week 5.
Burkhead was also questionable last week before suiting up, but he didn't receive as much work as usual on offense. Burkhead should be active again this Sunday, but he carries risk as a FLEX option at less than 100%.
Rex Burkhead (foot) is officially active against the Bills.
Burkhead was officially listed as questionable to play in today’s Week 4 game, but he was expected to be active. The versatile running back might not be used as much today at less than 100%, so he carries risk as a FLEX option.
Rex Burkhead gets nine touches in Patriots' Super Bowl victory.
Burkhead carried seven times for 43 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards in the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII victory versus the Rams. It was a strong all-around game for Burkhead, who also contributed on special teams as usual. His highlight was an explosive 26-yard run late in the game which basically iced it to help seal the victory for New England. Expect Burkhead to remain involved on both offense and special teams in 2019, and he could deliver some FLEX value some weeks, particularly in deeper leagues.
Rex Burkhead scores twice in AFC Championship win.
Burkhead rushed 12 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime from two yards away. He also caught four passes for 23 yards and scored a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter of an eventual 37-31 OT victory. Sony Michel (29 touches for 113 yards and two touchdowns) continued operated as the lead back, but New England seemed to trust Burkhead late in the game. All three of he, Michel, and James White will be involved against the Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Rex Burkhead scores in win over the Chargers.
Burkhead rushed four times for 12 yards, including a six-yard score. He also caught a seven-yard pass on his only target. Burkhead should once again see a handful of touches next week in the AFC Championship Game while also making an impact on special teams.
Rex Burkhead scores in Week 17 win.
Burkhead rushed five times for 14 yards, also adding an 18-yard touchdown catch. The 28-year-old missed half the season with a neck injury, but he finishes with 57 carries for 186 yards (3.3 YPC) and 14 receptions for 131 yards and a score. Burkhead will look to make an impact—including on special teams—in the playoffs.
Rex Burkhead gets 17 touches against Buffalo.
Burkhead carried 13 times for 39 yards along with four receptions for 40 yards in the Patriots' Week 16 victory. With Josh Gordon out of the lineup for New England, it's possible Burkhead remains a bigger part of the offense moving forward. He could deliver some FLEX value in Week 17 against the Jets, but he carries some risk in fantasy championship lineups.
Rex Burkhead gets seven touches against the Steelers.
Burkhead carried four times for 25 yards and caught three passes for 18 yards in the Patriots' Week 15 loss. He made solid contributions on offense, but his role isn't quite big enough to deliver reliable value in fantasy lineups. The best play of the game for Burkhead was probably his outstanding effort on special teams, as Jonathan Jones made a sensational dive to keep a punt out of the end zone, and Burkhead showed great awareness by avoiding stepping on the goal line while diving himself to keep the ball from hitting in the end zone for a touchback. Plays like those unfortunately aren't awarded in fantasy leagues, but they should be highly appreciated by serious football fans.
Rex Burkhead gets five touches against the Dolphins.
Burkhead had four carries for two yards and one reception for three yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss. Burkhead hasn't been able to get much going with his touches since returning to the lineup, and he's not a highly-recommended fantasy option for the second week of the fantasy playoffs next week against the Steelers.
Rex Burkhead gets nine touches in return to the lineup.
After missing the last eight games with a neck injury, Burkhead was activated off injured reserve and immediate had a sizable role for the Patriots as an all-around versatile weapon that ran, caught, and blocked on offense. Burkhead had seven carries for 20 yards and two receptions for 21 yards in the Week 13 win over the Vikings. This was a good first game back, but Burkhead isn't yet a recommended fantasy option. He's worth a bench hold, though.
The Patriots have officially activated Rex Burkhead (neck) to the 53-man roster.
The team just announced the move, and it looks like Burkhead will return on time after missing the last eight games while on injured reserve with his neck injury suffered in Week 3. This move is more of a real-life impact for the Patriots than a fantasy impact, as Burkhead is extremely versatile and can help on special teams and all over the field on offense, while Sony Michel and James White have both played extremely well at running back this season. That said, Burkhead could have a fantasy impact down the stretch in one of the league's best offenses, and he's worth a look as a pickup particularly in deeper leagues. Burkhead won't be a highly-recommended fantasy option in his first game back this Sunday against the Vikings, though.
Rex Burkhead (neck) is practicing for the Patriots.
This means Burkhead has been designated to return off injured reserve, and he's eligible to play on December 2 against the Vikings. Burkhead was placed on injured reserve at the end of September with a neck injury, but thankfully it's not serious enough that it affects him long-term. Sony Michel and James White—and now Cordarrelle Patterson—have really seized control of New England's backfield, but Burkhead is a valuable versatile player that can contribute on both offense and on special teams. If you have a bench spot, he might be worth a pickup as a potential fantasy asset down the stretch, especially in deeper leagues.
The Patriots are placing Rex Burkhead (neck) on injured reserve, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe.
New England has dealt with a lot of injuries this season, and Burkhead is a huge blow as someone that does everything the Patriots ask of him—whether it's as a runner, as a receiver, or on special teams. It's unclear when Burkhead was injured in the Sunday night loss to the Lions, and the extent of the injury is also unclear, but he'll now miss at least eight weeks. Hopefully the injury isn't serious enough that Burkhead is unable to return this season, and he probably has a good chance to be one of New England's designated-to-return players if the injury isn't a long-term thing. However, Burkhead does not need to be held in fantasy leagues if you need a roster spot. It already appeared to be the case after the last two games, but talented first-round rookie Sony Michel is locked in as the clear early-down runner for the Patriots. This doesn't affect James White too much, as he'll keep his usual trusted passing back role.
Rex Burkhead (neck) did not return on Sunday night against the Lions.
Burkhead left the game with a neck injury, catching two passes for 26 yards before exiting. He did not receive a carry. New England looks determined to make first-round pick Sony Michel their featured back, so Burkhead’s stock takes a big hit after Sunday’s loss. We’ll provide an update on his status for Week 4 when one is available.
Rex Burkhead is being evaluated for a neck injury.
It's unclear when Burkhead suffered the injury, but he's in the locker room being evaluated. Hopefully it's not too serious, but Burkhead's night might be over with under ten minutes to go in the game.
Rex Burkhead gets six carries in Week 2 loss.
Burkhead started the game for the Patriots, but he appeared to take a clear backseat to rookie running back Sony Michel as the team's primary runner. Michel played a lot throughout the game, and we don't think Burkhead played on offense in the second or third quarter. There were no goal-line carries to see who would have gotten the potential touch there, but there's a chance that's where Burkhead's fantasy value will be reliant on moving forward. However, this was just one game, and Burkhead ran the ball pretty well with 22 yards on six carries against a tough Jaguars team. New England's running back situation will be one to closely monitor next Sunday night against the Lions.
Rex Burkhead (concussion) is officially active against the Jaguars.
Burkhead cleared concussion protocol and is ready to go against Jacksonville. Despite a very difficult matchup, you can insert Burkhead into lineups as a FLEX option because of his touchdown potential as the likely goal-line back for the Patriots.
Rex Burkhead (concussion) is expected to play today, according to Adam Schefter.
We won't know Burkhead's status for certain until the actives and inactives are released later today, but it sounds like he'll be out there against the Jaguars. First-round rookie running back Sony Michel is also expected to be active, but Burkhead is likely to be the leading ball-carrier for Week 2. Assuming he's active, Burkhead is a FLEX option against Jacksonville.
Rex Burkhead (concussion) is questionable for Week 2.
Burkhead remained limited in today's practice, so he presumably has not yet cleared concussion protocol. It's a good sign that New England did not rule Burkhead out ahead of their trip to Jacksonville, but now he has less than 48 hours to get fully cleared. Burkhead plays in the late-afternoon (ET) games, which could put some fantasy owners in a bind if no clarity on the situation is given by early Sunday. Burkhead would be a FLEX option if he's active against the Jags.
Rex Burkhead (concussion) was limited in practice.
This is a positive sign, as Burkhead is making progress in the concussion protocol. He still needs to get fully cleared, and has a few days to do so before the game on Sunday. Obviously the Patriots aren't going to jeopardize his health if he isn't ready (and they aren't allowed to anyway because of the concussion protocol), but they could really use him with Jeremy Hill on injured reserve and Sony Michel looking 50/50 at best. We'll update you with Burkhead's official game injury designation tomorrow.
Rex Burkhead has a concussion.
Burkhead popped up on today’s injury report as a non-participant in practice while being listed with a concussion. It’s unclear when Burkhead suffered the concussion, but now he must clear protocol before he can play on Sunday. The Pats are already down Jeremy Hill (ACL), and rookie Sony Michel remains limited in practice. Hopefully Burkhead is feeling better soon.
Rex Burkhead gets 19 touches against the Texans.
Burkhead drew the start for New England and had 18 carries for 64 rushing yards along with one reception (three targets) for six receiving yards in the Week 1 win. He did also fumble, but it was recovered by the Patriots. Unfortunately, Jeremy Hill suffered what appears to be a very serious knee injury, so Burkhead is going to get most of the carries for New England until Sony Michel (knee) gets in the lineup. Burkhead always has multi-touchdown upside for the Patriots, but he's probably more of a FLEX option in what could be a pass-heavy approach in Week 2 against Jacksonville.
Rex Burkhead is not listed on the Patriots injury report.
After missing a big chunk of the summer while dealing with some type of knee issue, Burkhead is ready to go for Week 1 against the Texans. We expect Burkhead will get a good number of snaps for one of the league's best offenses, so he's at least a solid RB2/FLEX option for Week 1.
Rex Burkhead did not play in tonight's preseason game.
Burkhead did not play in last week's preseason game either, as he's dealing with a minor knee issue. The Patriots are probably just being cautious with Burkhead, and his Week 1 status does not seem to be in any doubt. Burkhead should still have a sizable role on offense to open the season for New England despite not working with the starting offense this preseason.
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.