RB Rex Burkhead - New England Patriots
|5-10, 214||Born: 7-2-1990||College: Nebraska||Drafted: Round 6|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 17 vs BAL (27 / 119 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
With Jeremy Hill out, Burkhead took full advantage of his first career start. His strong play was the story of the game for the Bengals. His first carry went off of left tackle for a 17-yard gain. He finished off the opening drive with his first touchdown of the game. He took a shotgun handoff off of left tackle, stiff-armed a defender who was only able to swipe at his ankle and Burkhead maintained his balance enough to stumble forward and dive in for a 5-yard touchdown. Burkhead showed the quick feet to consistency make the first man miss and showed surprising power as well, pushing forward for first downs in short yardage situations. He iced the game with a 5-yard touchdown run straight up the middle with just under three minutes left. While the Bengals rushing offense was broken for nearly the entire 2016 season, Burkhead was the lone bright spot. He rushed for 4.6 yards per carry while the other backs, especially Jeremy Hill, struggled with low yards per carry. Burkhead was used slightly differently than Hill, lining up often in the shotgun. But that only explains part of the difference in production. Burkhead flat out played better than Hill, showing more decisiveness and an ability to makes the first man miss that was key behind a mediocre Bengals line. He will be a priority free agent for the Bengals this offseason and if he returns, has a real chance to win the starting job with Hill seeming to fall out of favor down the stretch and Giovani Bernard facing a long road back from his November ACL injury.
2016 Week 16 vs HOU (12 / 42 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
Burkhead led the Bengals with 16 touches and was again the most effective running back on the roster. With the Bengals line struggling to open holes, it has been incumbent upon the running backs to make the first man miss to pick up positive yardage. Burkhead has done a decent job of that, showing quick feet and nice vision. He has seen his role in the offense grow down the stretch. He has at least nine touches in each of the past four games and should be in for a relatively solid workload again in Week 17. Burkhead is a free agent in the offseason and the Bengals may continue to give him an extended audition since there is nothing to play for down the stretch.
2016 Week 15 vs PIT (7 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Burkhead's snaps were down slightly. He played just 36% of the snaps this week. Since Giovani Bernard went down with injury, Burkhead has been the Bengals most effective running back. He continues to make the most of his touches. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry and made a couple nice plays out of the backfield as a receiver. He saw an uptick in his red zone work as well with three carries and a passing target inside the ten yard line. After a long kick return set the Bengals up with the ball deep in Steelers territory, it was all Burkhead. He ran for nine and then 10 yards on back-to-back plays to set the Bengals up with 1st-and-goal from the seven. He carried twice in a row, picking up nice yardage up the middle on the first carry before the Steelers blew up the 2nd down play for a loss. On 3rd-and-goal, Dalton tried to hit Burkhead slipping out of the backfield, but the Steelers read the play well and broke up the pass. Even if complete, he'd have been tackled shy of the end zone.
2016 Week 14 vs CLE (9 / 45 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Burkhead continues to be heavily involved in the Bengals offense, picking up most of Giovani Bernard's snaps and workload. He played 42% of the snaps and notched double-digit touches for the second straight week. Burkhead shows a nice burst and is averaging 5.4 yards per carry on the season. He is getting all of the third down snaps, the two-minute drill snaps and rotating in regularly to spell Hill on standard downs.
2016 Week 13 vs PHI (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Burkhead played 27 snaps and had 12 touches. He was more effective than Jeremy Hill and out rushed Hill despite 15 fewer attempts. While the 4.75 yards per carry he put up doesn't leap off the page, it's a strong number within the context of a Bengals rushing offense that has struggled mightily this season.
2016 Week 12 vs BAL (5 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
As expected, Burkhead stepped in and picked up most of Giovani Bernard's snaps and workload. He actually led Jeremy Hill in snaps due to playing almost every snap in the fourth quarter with the Bengals in hurry up mode down multiple scores. While Burkhead led the Bengals in rushing yards on his handful of carries, most came late against a prevent style defense. Burkhead saw surprisingly few targets against Baltimore, but should see an uptick in opportunities in the passing game going forward. He looked quick on a 17-yard gain on a screen pass
2016 Week 11 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Burkhead should be the prime fantasy beneficiary of the Bengals injuries. He has played just 19 snaps this season, but as the only back besides Jeremy Hill currently on the Bengals roster, is poised to pick up most of Giovani Bernard's snaps and touches. Burkhead has a similar game to Bernard and has made plays when given opportunities in the past. He will do his most of his damage as a pass catcher out of the backfield and has even received snaps as a slot receiver when injuries hit the Bengals pass catchers in past seasons. If desperate for running back depth in PPR leagues, Burkhead is a solid option.
Latest NewsPatriots | Rex Burkhead terms (Wed Mar 15, 10:33 AM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead's one-year deal is worth $3.15 million. He receives a $1.1 million signing bonus, a $1.8 million salary and can earn $250,000 in per-game roster bonuses. link to story
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