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Rex Burkhead | Running Back

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/2/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 218
College: Nebraska
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The Bengals believe second-year RB Rex Burkhead can contribute this season.
Burkhead appeared in only one game as a rookie, but impressed in the 2013 preseason. He's no higher than the No. 4 running back on the depth chart and doesn't have a clear path to playing time. Burkhead will likely need to beat out Cedric Peerman for a spot on the 53-man roster. May 24 - 7:47 PM

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Bengals declared RB Rex Burkhead, CB Brandon Ghee, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, G Trevor Robinson, T Tanner Hawkinson, DE Margus Hunt, and WR Ryan Whalen inactive for Week 7 against the Lions.

The Bengals are one of the healthiest teams in the league. They had zero players listed as questionable, doubtful, or out on the injury report. Cornerback Terence Newman (abdomen, probable) is officially active.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 11:41:00 AM

Bengals declared RB Rex Burkhead, T Andrew Whitworth, G Mike Pollak, CB Brandon Ghee, DE Margus Hunt, WR Dane Sanzenbacher, and WR Ryan Whalen inactive for Week 1 against the Bears.

Burkhead is still competing for a roster spot in practice, where he'll need to show improvement on special teams. Anthony Collins will start at left tackle against the Bears, which is concerning against Julius Peppers.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 11:35:00 AM

Bengals signed sixth-round RB Rex Burkhead to a four-year contract.

The Bengals have penciled in Burkhead as a rookie special teamer, but he's more talented than BenJarvus Green-Ellis and could carve out a role as a third-down back should Gio Bernard fail to exhibit NFL-ready blitz-pickup ability. Burkhead is quick in a short area and packs some pop as a runner.
Mon, May 13, 2013 02:14:00 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis indicated he envisions sixth-round RB Rex Burkhead as a special teamer during his first season.

Lewis believes Burkhead can "uplift special teams while competing for a spot" in the backfield. We like Burkhead as a Dynasty sleeper, but he's got a tough path to playing time behind Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Burkhead is likely competing for one or two spots with Cedric Peerman and Bernard Scott.
Fri, May 10, 2013 05:08:00 PM

Bengals OC Jay Gruden expects sixth-round RB Rex Burkhead to push for the team's third-down back job.

As Cincinnati seeks to replace Brian Leonard, rookies Burkhead and Giovani Bernard "will be competing for third-down spot," Gruden promised. Bernard Scott and Cedric Peerman will be on the roster bubble. Based on our own pre-draft tape study, we identified Burkhead as a superior pass protector, although Bernard is a more explosive receiver. It'll be a camp battle to monitor.
Fri, May 3, 2013 06:57:00 PM

Bengals selected Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead with the No. 190 overall pick.

Burkhead (5-foot-10 1/4, 214) ran 4.73 at the Combine, but he's a better prospect than that. He's a quick short-area mover with agility and athleticism (39" vertical, 10-foot-5 broad jump). Straight-line long speed is probably the most overrated running back measurable, as evidenced by Alfred Morris' 4.72 forty. Burkhead rushed 635 times for 3,332 yards (5.25 YPC) and 30 touchdowns at Nebraska, adding 60 catches. Although he lacks explosive talent, Burkhead runs with superb vision and aggression, and can pick up a blitz. It's an excellent pick by the Bengals, who can transition away from BenJarvus Green-Ellis with rookies Gio Bernard and Burkhead.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 04:48:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Andy Dalton
2Jason Campbell
3A.J. McCarron
4Matt Scott
RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
3BenJarvus Green-Ellis
4Cedric Peerman
5Rex Burkhead
GLB1Jeremy Hill
2BenJarvus Green-Ellis
3RB1Giovani Bernard
2Jeremy Hill
FB1Orson Charles
2Ryan Hewitt
3Nikita Whitlock
WR11A.J. Green
2Mohamed Sanu
3Ryan Whalen
4James Wright
5Jasper Collins
WR21Marvin Jones
2Dane Sanzenbacher
3Brandon Tate
4Cobi Hamilton
5Alex Neutz
WR31Mohamed Sanu
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Tyler Eifert
3Kevin Brock
4Alex Smith
K1Mike Nugent
2Quinn Sharp