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RB Rex Burkhead - New England Patriots

5-10, 214Born: 7-2-1990College: NebraskaDrafted: Round 6

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He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Don't drop Burkhead, as he's the heir to a great goal line role if Mike Gillislee goes down and he can have a flexworthy week on one drive like he did against the Saints, but know that his rib injury could affect his availability against the Texans this week.

General News (Fri Sep 22): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Sep 21): did not practice on Thursday.

Week 3: vs Houston Texans

All RB vs HOU

FBG says: Neutral matchup. With run defense being a rare strength on a clearly out-of-whack Texans team, it's unlikely we'll see the Patriots test it much in Week 3. When they do, though, it will be almost exclusively on the legs of Mike Gillislee. He's the clear-cut hammer and closer in the offense, and the team turns to him for virtually all of its interior running. Gillislee has been underwhelming on paper, managing just 114 yards on his 33 carries, but keep that in proper context. Much of his running has come in short yardage, which will always ding a runner's per-carry average. And he's been quite successful there, converting 5 of his 8 short-yardage carries into first downs or touchdowns. (He also had a 2-yard score called back by penalty in Week 2.) Beyond Gillislee, the Patriots tend to manufacture their run game with end-around plays and shotgun runs in open space. It's typically high on impact, but low on predictability. Longtime inside linebacker Brian Cushing has nine games remaining on his PED suspension, but his loss may not be felt too terribly. Rookie Zach Cunningham is an athletic prospect who's shown well thus far as a pro. He was outstanding in his debut start, coming up with several key stops against the Bengals. He and Benardrick McKinney operate behind a stout, J.J. Watt-led defensive line that works well at the point of attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs KC 10 3 15 0 3 1 8 0 0 2.3
2 at NO 8 2 3 0 4 3 41 1 0 10.4
3 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs NO (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 41 / 1 rec)

Burkhead did score a touchdown on a lob pass from 19 yards out, but perhaps the bigger note from this game was that he left with an injury early in the game. At this time, it's unsure what the injury is, but it's worth monitoring, as Burkhead had 5 touches in the early going. If he is healthy, the touches may be there if Patriots receivers are still dealing with injuries.

2017 Week 1 vs KC (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Though he was hyped coming into the game, Burkhead only played 10 of 81 snaps for the Patriots offense. The semi-good news is that he was targeted or touched the ball on 6 of those snaps, including one end zone target. Even though this backfield will likely be fluid, Burkhead's role seems minimal right now.

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Latest News

Patriots | New England's Week 3 inactives (Sun Sep 24, 11:36 AM) - The New England Patriots have declared OL Cole Croston, LB Dont'a Hightower, CB Eric Rowe, LB Harvey Langi, OT Marcus Cannon, WR Matthew Slater, RB Rex Burkhead inactive for Week 3.

Our View: James White and Dion Lewis could get more looks with Burkhead out this week.

Patriots | Rex Burkhead out for Week 3 (Fri Sep 22, 05:24 PM) - New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) did not practice Friday, Sept. 22, and he has been ruled out for Week 3 against the Houston Texans.

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Patriots | New England injury report for Week 3 (Fri Sep 22, 05:22 PM) - New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) and DT Vincent Valentine (knee) did not practice Friday, Sept. 2. Burkhead is out for Week 3, while Valentine was placed on the Reserve/Injured list. WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle, concussion), WR Phillip Dorsett (knee), S Nate Ebner (shoulder), CB Stephon Gilmore (groin), TE Rob Gronkowski (groin), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), WR Chris Hogan (knee), LB Elandon Roberts (thumb), CB Eric Rowe (groin) and WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) were each limited in practice and considered questionable for the game against the Houston Texans.

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Patriots | Rex Burkhead misses another practice (Fri Sep 22, 01:47 PM) - Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (rib) did not participate in practice all week and will likely be ruled out for Week 3 against the Houston Texans.

Our View: Dion Lewis could get more work this week against the team he scored three touchdowns against in last year's playoffs. James White also becomes a better PPR play with this news.
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Patriots | Rex Burkhead still not practicing (Thu Sep 21, 01:10 PM) - New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) remained absent from practice Thursday, Sept. 21.

Our View: It doesn't look good for Burkhead this weekend, which isn't going to hurt the Patriots at all. It does simplify the backfield a little though, and should make James White the best play—relatively speaking—in a murky situation. Consider White a great RB3 with upside if Burkhead is out.
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4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6@ New York Jets
7vs Atlanta Falcons
8vs Los Angeles Chargers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
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11@ Oakland Raiders
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