RB Rex Burkhead - New England Patriots

5-10, 214Born: 7-2-1990College: NebraskaDrafted: Round 6, pick 2013

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2019 Week 1 vs PIT (8 / 44 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)

Surprisingly, Rex Burkhead was active, playing a healthy complement of snaps and logging 13 touches after being hurt most of last year. He played in 2 RB sets with James White, as well as some single RB sets in both the pass and run game. It's very clear the Patriots value his versatility, and he'll have a role health permitting.

2019 Week 2 vs MIA (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 47 / 0 rec)

Similar to James White, Burkhead's role is going to be highly volatile as long as other RBs and WRs are healthy. He can do it all, but isn't the main option in the running or passing game, so a handful of touches per game will be the norm.

2019 Week 3 vs NYJ (11 / 47 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 22 / 0 rec)

With James White out on paternity leave and Sony Michel struggling, the backfield was the Rex Burkhead show. While all his catches were pure dumpoffs, he did get some traction on the ground, including a short touchdown. James White will obviously eat into his passing game touches going forward, but if Sony Michel continues to struggle and the Pats keep Damien Harris on ice, Burkhead could easily have a 10 touch floor in most games.

2019 Week 9 vs BAL (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Burkhead played a bit role even with the Patriots playing from behind, but wasn't able to do anything with his limited touches. He remains a 4-8 touch player for now.

2019 Week 15 vs CIN (6 / 53 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Burkhead's "revenge game" saw him scamper for a nice 33 yard touchdown which featured a slow juke, but it was good enough to fool a defender in the secondary. The play was blocked well by the o-line. Beyond that, not a ton to speak of.

2019 Week 16 vs BUF (5 / 20 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 77 / 0 rec)

Burkhead's game went from bad to good in a hurry. He fumbled early in the game on a careless play, but ran with authority thereafter. This included a very nice effort on a third down run to get a first down, and his touchdown saw him bounce off a couple hard tackles in one of the better 1 yard touchdowns you'll see of late.

2019 Week 17 vs MIA (6 / 48 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Burkhead was perhaps the best skill player for the Patriots, running hard on his limited touches. The gameplan didn't utilize him in volume though, which may have been a mistake. He should still see action in the playoffs.

2019 Week 18 vs TEN (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Burkhead's biggest play was a screen pass that he took to the 1 yard line, narrowly missing a score. The Pats then couldn't convert a touchdown. As per usual, he saw a handful of touches, but given his limited volume, big yardage and scores are few and far between. He may have more talent than Sony Michel, but wasn't utilized as such.

2018 Week 1 vs HOU (18 / 64 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Burkhead saw more snaps than expected due to an injury to Jeremy Hill, but wasn't able to produce much despite seeing 19 touches. His best run was a 12 yard scamper between a hole, and his day would have been much bigger if Tom Brady hadn't overthrown him for a TD on a pass route where he easily beat a linebacker. He also committed a fumble, but luckily the Pats recovered. Big days will be ahead if Hill's injury is serious.

2018 Week 2 vs JAX (6 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Whether it was due to concussion, performance, or potential, Rex Burkhead was not involved in the game at all, seeing the bulk of his work when the game was out of hand in the 4th quarter. One game does not make a trend, but he was only lined up wide once as well, and this is something worth monitoring. It wouldn't surprise if Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel rotated evenly and were used liberally in formations, but Michel was a high draft pick, so time will tell. Burkhead did nothing of note against the Jags, as the Pats run game was dominated by the Jags defense.

2018 Week 3 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Seeing limited play time due to the Sony Michel experiment, Burkhead didn't see a single carry, was missed on a touchdown throw from Brady, and exited the game late with a neck injury. Though Michel didn't look good, Burkhead's role remains tenuous at best.

2018 Week 13 vs MIN (7 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

This was Burkhead's first game action in several weeks, and he was integrated slowly with a handful of touches. The important thing is that he looked healthy, but this is clearly Sony Michel and James White's backfield as of now, with Burkhead in as a change of pace/designed play back.

2018 Week 15 vs PIT (4 / 25 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Some of the best runs of the day came from Rex Burkhead and it shouldn't surprise anyone since he has the freshest legs of all the running backs. Burkhead's versatility and change of pace ability was not only used in the backfield, but he also spent time lined up as a wide receiver. This backfield is no longer considered a 1A and 1B. It should be considered a 1A, 1B, and 1C with the continued integration of Burkhead. It should be noted Burkhead displays the best creativity in his runs. It isn't only slashing straight ahead or catching dump off passes. Burkhead's touches allow him to create in the open field and make defenders miss.

2018 Week 16 vs BUF (13 / 39 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Rex Burkhead saw his first usage of the game on the third series where he had success on the ground before fumbling. Burkhead's fumble was on a reception where he got upended and sideswiped after the catch, resulting in a nearly unpreventable fumble. He returned on the next series for a run and a catch and was not noticeable punished for the fumble. He was later targeted on a Tom Brady interception, where there was apparently a miscommunication between the two, which led to an easy interception. Burkhead also got the opportunity to kill the clock at the end of the game but had little success on the series as Buffalo was selling out to defend the run.

2018 Week 20 vs KC (12 / 41 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Burkhead was very involved late in the game, including the game clinching touchdown and run prior. His role was sparse prior to the 4th quarter and overtime, but run blocking and tough running paved the way for critical scores. His touch count was inflated due to the sheer volume of Patriots plays, so he may not see this many touches again in the Super Bowl.

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.

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 7 vs ATL (6 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Burkhead saw a handful of carries after being shelved for a few weeks with injury, but with the 4 man backfield rotation, it may be tough for him to carve out a huge role.

2017 Week 8 vs LAC (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 68 / 0 rec)

Back from injury, Burkhead's primary contributions came in the passing game, as he played entire series at times, highlighting his versatility. He had a big YAC gainer called back due to a penalty, but he displayed nice effort on the play shedding two tacklers. His role may be uncertain on a weekly basis, however.

2017 Week 10 vs DEN (10 / 36 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)

Burkhead played a featured role throughout the game in Week 10, displaying his versatility above all else. He caught a few passes, including one on a slant route for a 14 yard touchdown. He carried the ball with some success. Most importantly, he blocked a punt that set the Patriots up for a score. Now that he's healthy, Burkhead will clearly have a role with the team.

2017 Week 11 vs OAK (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)

Rex Burkhead worked as the second option behind Dion Lewis. Burkhead fumbled in the first quarter, but luckily, the ball was recovered by Dwayne Allen. Burkhead sat out a series before re-emerging in his normal pass catching role. Burkhead had a few carries between the tackles, but was quickly bottled up. As a receiver, he made two tough grabs--one of which went for 10 yards.

2017 Week 12 vs MIA (13 / 50 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 1 rec)

Burkhead wasn't sensational in this one, but he had his number called at the right time. He scored after Dion Lewis got the team on the doorstep on the opening drive, and then finished a drive with a short reception after his end around got the team on the doorstep. He had a drive to himself in the second half that didn't amount to anything, and also got some carries in garbage time. He also failed on a fourth down conversion and most of his touches were modest gains. He's the #2 back in this offense.

2017 Week 13 vs BUF (12 / 78 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Along with Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead helped pave the way for the run game, dominating the Bills on the ground. Burkhead scored two touchdowns, one being of the short 1 yard variety. The other was a nice 14 yard burst up the middle, cutting back and fighting defenders to barely score a touchdown. Burkhead also had a nice 30+ yard gain from the shotgun formation, displaying a one cut and go move with some decent speed to boot. Burkhead has been integrated fully into the offense since coming back from injury in multiple game phases.

2017 Week 14 vs MIA (5 / 8 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)

Similarly to Dion Lewis, Burkhead wasn't able to get anything going on the ground, and the Patriots had to abandon the run game in the second half. He was involved in the passing game, but there were no big or spark plays to speak of. Burkhead did score a 1 yard touchdown on the ground after a pass interference call got the Pats to the goal line. He should see more success going forward.

2017 Week 15 vs PIT (4 / 12 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Though he vulture a 1 yard score, the big Burkhead news was his knee injury early in the game. It is being reported as a knee sprain, which means he could be back for the playoffs. For the next couple weeks though, it looks like he will be unavailable.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

2015 Week 1 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

Rex Burkhead only received one target in this game. He did a nice job getting open when Dalton scrambled away from a collapsed pocket and makes a catch over the head of the defender for a 24-yard gain in the third quarter.

2015 Week 2 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Burkhead had just one touch in this game that came off a reverse for 8 yards. He is a very capable receiver for this first team offense but was not a factor against San Diego.

2014 Week 10 vs CLE (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Rex Burkhead came in late in the second quarter and served as a utility option, getting targeted in the passing game and taking handoffs out of the shotgun. He was the primary back in the hurry-up offense but failed to take advantage of soft defensive fronts given to him.

2014 Week 15 vs CLE (3 / 14 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Burkhead got a few carries in garbage time right at the end of the game. Burkhead had a very good cutback on the play, and then fought through traffic to get a 10 yard TD to finish the scoring for Cincinnati. Burkhead will not be a fantasy factor anytime soon, but his garbage time TD was impressive, nonetheless.

2014 Week 18 vs IND (1 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

With so little at WR, Rex Burkhead had an early impact for Dalton and the Bengals. On their second drive, Dalton threw a deep slant pass a bit high and behind Burkhead, but he made the grab and burst through tacklers deep into the redzone. Burkhead followed with another early reception, but was a minimal part of the gameplan as the day went on.