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Rex Burkhead | Running Back | #34

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/2/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 215
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (190) / CIN
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Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) did not practice Monday.
Burkhead was limited last Wednesday, did not play in the preseason opener, and has not practiced since. There is no reason to believe he is dealing with a serious issue at this point, but the missed time is a concern for a player who was limited to 10 games last season. With Sony Michel (knee) also out, Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee are handling the bulk of the backfield work. Aug 13 - 10:13 AM
Source: MassLive

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Rex Burkhead is listed ahead of rookie Sony Michel on the Patriots' first unofficial depth chart.

Burkhead was always going to play an integral role in New England's offensive game plan and being listed as the team's starting back only confirms that notion. James White is listed as the other starter with free agent acquisition Jeremy Hill slotting in as No. 3 ahead of Mike Gillislee. Whether Michel (knee) is ready to go in Week 1 or not, Burkhead's seventh-round ADP is sure to skyrocket in the coming weeks.
Aug 5 - 1:22 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss considers Rex Burkhead the favorite for goal-line work in New England this season.

Burkhead filled a similar role last season, finishing the year with eight touchdowns (five rushing, three receiving) in only 10 games. First-round rookie Sony Michel will obviously be a big part of the Patriots' running attack but he'll need to prove himself to the coaching staff first, particularly after struggling with ball security at times in college (12 fumbles at Georgia). James White will be the Pats' primary back on passing downs while Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill both find themselves on the roster bubble.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 29 - 4:17 PM

According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, Rex Burkhead and James White have been handling the "majority of the first-team reps" this spring.

No. 31 overall pick Sony Michel has been right behind them, however, and Kyed says it wouldn’t be surprising to see the rookie surpass both Burkhead and White prior to Week 1. Burkhead inked a new three-year deal in March but had injury issues in his first season with New England. In true Patriots fashion, we expect all three backs to be involved week-to-week.
Source: NESN
Jun 13 - 10:54 AM

Patriots re-signed RB Rex Burkhead to a three-year contract.

Burkhead didn't draw any known interested outside of New England during the "legal tampering" period and is back in New England, joining Mike Gillislee and James White as the team's top backs with Dion Lewis off to the Titans on a lucrative four-year deal. Burkhead has a chance to earn more work in 2018 after an injury-filled 2017, but we'd bet the Patriots add rookie backfield help.
Mar 14 - 4:14 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed three times for 18 yards and caught his lone target for a gain of 46 in the Patriots' Super Bowl 52 loss.

Burkhead chipped in a huge second-quarter play on a quick screen that sprung him into the open field for a 46-yard gain. He later strung together a handful of productive second-half carries. Burkhead’s first season in New England was a success; despite missing six games to rib and knee injuries, Burkhead tallied 518 yards from scrimmage with eight TDs, beating out Mike Gillislee for scoring-position carries. Burkhead is also an asset on special teams. Burkhead and Dion Lewis are both free agents, and the Pats would probably like to bring both back.
Feb 4 - 10:48 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed once for five yards in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Jaguars.

Burkhead failed to corral his lone target in the passing game. Returning from a troublesome knee injury, Burkhead was charted as playing just three snaps by Pro Football Focus. Burkhead has two weeks to get into better shape for Super Bowl LII, where he should be a bigger factor.
Jan 21 - 7:22 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is active for the AFC Championship Game.

Considering this is his first game action since Week 15 and Dion Lewis has established himself as the clear lead back during that time, it is difficult to predict how much action Burkhead will see in this game. He was dominating red-zone snaps before his injury, however, and it would not be surprising to see him nab a touchdown or two in this matchup. That makes him worth a look in DFS.
Jan 21 - 1:36 PM

Rex Burkhead (questionable, knee) will be active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars.

It will be his first game action since Week 15. The versatile Burkhead finished the regular season on a four-game touchdown streak, though it's hard to gauge how he'll be used following a month-long absence. Dion Lewis will remain the lead ball-carrier against Jacksonville.
Jan 21 - 8:35 AM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville.

Burkhead was limited in practice all week. He was held out of the Divisional Round but looks on track to return. The Patriots also listed Mike Gillislee (knee) as questionable.
Jan 19 - 4:04 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is practicing Thursday.

Burkhead sat out the Divisional Round despite practicing all week, so getting in work Wednesday and Thursday does not guarantee he will suit up. Still, he seems to be trending the correct direction. Even if Burkhead plays, Dion Lewis should remain the lead back.
Jan 18 - 12:30 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Burkhead sat out the Divisional Round and reportedly wasn't moving well at practice last week. He's improved since then, however, and is trending toward playing Sunday against Jacksonville. Burkhead was on a tear before he got hurt (six touchdowns in his last four games) but could be limited upon his return. Dion Lewis has solidified himself as New England's lead ball-carrier.
Jan 17 - 4:33 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Rex Burkhead (knee) is expected to play in the AFC Championship Game.

Burkhead was close to suiting up against the Titans, so he should be ready to go following another week of practice. That said, Burkhead reportedly was not moving well in practice last week, although he did show improvement later in the week. Dion Lewis will remain the lead back even if Burkhead suits up.
Jan 15 - 9:04 AM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is inactive for the Divisional Round against the Titans.

As is Mike Gillislee (knee). That leaves Dion Lewis and James White to carry the load in the Patriots' backfield. Lewis' over/under for touches is 20, while White should catch some passes. Also inactive for the Patriots are DL Alan Branch, WR Kenny Britt, OL Cole Croston, LB David Harris and CB Johnson Bademosi.
Jan 13 - 6:51 PM

Rex Burkhead (knee) is not expected to play in the Divisional Round against the Titans.

Burkhead was trending towards playing after getting in limited practices this week but will likely miss the Divisional round against the Titans. With both Burkhead and Mike Gillislee likely out, expect a heavy dose of Dion Lewis with James White rotating in for some receiving work.
Jan 13 - 9:22 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Brian Hoyer
3Danny Etling
RB1Rex Burkhead
2Sony Michel
3James White
4Mike Gillislee
5Brandon Bolden
GLB1Rex Burkhead
2Sony Michel
3RB1James White
2Rex Burkhead
FB1James Develin
2Henry Poggi
WR11Julian Edelman
2Eric Decker
3Phillip Dorsett
4Braxton Berrios
5Riley McCarron
WR21Chris Hogan
2Kenny Britt
3Cordarrelle Patterson
4Matthew Slater
5Devin Lucien
WR31Kenny Britt
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Dwayne Allen
3Jacob Hollister
4Will Tye
5Ryan Izzo
LT1Trent Brown
2Isaiah Wynn
3Ulrick John
LG1Joe Thuney
2Jason King
3James Ferentz
C1David Andrews
2Brian Schwenke
3Luke Bowanko
RG1Shaq Mason
2Ted Karras
3Cole Croston
RT1Marcus Cannon
2LaAdrian Waddle
3Matt Tobin
K1Stephen Gostkowski