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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 finished with 12 yards and a touchdown on four carries while also catching his lone target for a seven-yard gain Sunday in New England’s Divisional Round win over the Chargers.
Burkhead took a backseat to leading rusher Sony Michel and pass-catcher James White, though he did pitch in with a touchdown in the second quarter, gashing the left side for a six-yard score. The 28-year-old has followed up a nine-game touchdown drought by scoring in each of his last two outings. Sunday's end-zone visit marked Burkhead's first career postseason touchdown. He'll look to increase that number against the Chiefs in next week's AFC title game. Jan 13 - 5:58 PM

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Rex Burkhead rushed five times for 14 yards and caught an 18-yard touchdown in the Patriots' Week 17 win over the Jets.

Burkhead's six touches were third behind Sony Michel (14) and James White (eight), while White also scored a touchdown through the air. Burkhead's touchdown was a nice throw to the back of the end zone by Tom Brady. Burkhead will continue as part of this committee into the AFC playoffs.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018 05:11:00 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed 13 times for 39 yards in the Patriots' Week 16 win over the Bills, adding four receptions for 40 additional yards.

Burkhead also lost a fumble. He got gang tackled in a scrum. Heavily involved both early and late, Burkhead easily set new season highs for touches and yards. With Tom Brady struggling, the Pats might ride the run both in Week 17 vs. the Jets and in the postseason.
Sun, Dec 23, 2018 06:14:00 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed four times for 25 yards in the Patriots' Week 15 loss to the Steelers, adding three receptions for 18 additional yards.

Burkhead's seven touches were as many as James White's behind Sony Michel's 13. The 43 yards were his most in three games since returning from his neck injury. Burkhead is playing important real life snaps, but they are not translating to PPR fantasy value.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 08:03:00 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed four times for two yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for three yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to Miami.

Struggling in his third-string role, Burkhead would need an injury to James White or Sony Michel to become a fantasy factor down the stretch.
Sun, Dec 9, 2018 04:43:00 PM

Rex Burkhead chipped in with 20 yards on seven carries while also contributing two catches for 21 yards on two targets Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 13 victory over the Vikings.

Making his return from an eight-game absence, Burkhead was in on 17 of New England's 74 offensive snaps. With Sony Michel entrenched as New England's lead back and James White continuing his superb work on passing downs, Burkhead will probably be limited to change-of-pace duties down the stretch. The Dolphins are up next for the 9-3 Patriots.
Sun, Dec 2, 2018 09:06:00 PM

Rex Burkhead (neck) is active for Week 13 against the Vikings.

It's Burkhead's first game action since Week 3. The Patriots enter Sunday's action as healthy as they've been all year. TE Dwayne Allen, CB Keion Crossen, DE Keionta Davis, CB Duke Dawson, C James Ferentz, DE Derek Rivers and DT Danny Shelton round out New England's inactives for Week 13.
Sun, Dec 2, 2018 03:01:00 PM

Patriots activated RB Rex Burkhead (neck) off injured reserve.

He's eligible to play in Week 13 against the Vikings. Burkhead suffered the neck injury in Week 3 and spent the ensuing two and a half months on I.R. The Pats' decision to designate him as their I.R./return player shows how much they value his versatility. Burkhead can also play special teams. His return poses some threat to Sony Michel and James White's workloads down the stretch.
Mon, Nov 26, 2018 05:00:00 PM

Rex Burkhead (neck, I.R.) returned to practice Thursday.

This opens his 21-day window as one of the Patriots' two designated for return players. Burkhead is eligible to first play Week 13 against the Vikings. As long as Sony Michel and James White stay healthy, Burkhead shouldn't be a fantasy factor, but he could obviously have huge value if one of them goes down the next three weeks. Burkhead is worth an add where he can be squeezed in.
Thu, Nov 8, 2018 12:57:00 PM

Patriots placed RB Rex Burkhead (neck) on injured reserve.

The Patriots tipped this move after re-signing Kenjon Barner. Neck injuries can be serious, so it's possible Burkhead is shut down for the season. Sony Michel was playing ahead of Burkhead before he went down and is locked into the lead back role. James White will also have pass downs to himself with Burkhead out.
Wed, Sep 26, 2018 12:15:00 PM

Rex Burkhead suffered a neck injury in Week 3 against the Lions.

Burkhead went down with the injury in the fourth quarter. He didn't have a carry behind Sony Michel, but led the Patriots' backs in receiving with two catches for 26 yards. Burkhead is going to be in a race to get cleared for Week 4.
Sun, Sep 23, 2018 11:05:00 PM

Rex Burkhead played 15-of-61 (25 percent) snaps Week 2 against the Jaguars.

Sony Michel only managed 13 while James White got in 34. That suggests Burkhead's usage was game-plan specific, but it is still concerning he disappeared for most of the second and third quarters, especially with Michel back in the fold. That said, this could be a buying opportunity. New England has averaged 17.7 rushing touchdowns over the last six seasons, but they have zero through two games. That should change in a hurry, and Burkhead is the most likely recipient of those scores.
Mon, Sep 17, 2018 10:19:00 AM

Rex Burkhead rushed six times for 22 yards in the Patriots' Week 2 loss to the Jaguars.

Burkhead wasn't targeted in the passing game. Bafflingly, Burkhead "started" but then touched the ball zero times in the second or third quarter. Sony Michel was the only show in town on early downs with James White taking the lead in passing situations. It's possible Burkhead's multiple recent injuries played a part. Through two games, Burkhead has touched the ball just 25 times, with 19 of those coming in Week 1. With Michel healthy, Burkhead's RB2 status is up in the air. The Pats play the Lions in Week 3. The Lions have gotten mauled by pass-catching running backs early on.
Sun, Sep 16, 2018 07:57:00 PM

Rex Burkhead (concussion) is active for Week 2 against the Jaguars.

As is Sony Michel (knee), though Burkhead is expected to lead the Patriots' ground attack in carries. Burkhead is an RB2/FLEX in one of the toughest matchups he will have all year. Inactive for the Patriots are G/C Brian Schwenke, CB J.C. Jackson, WR Corey Coleman, DE Derek Rivers, RB Kenjon Barner, RT Marcus Cannon and CB Keion Crossen.
Sun, Sep 16, 2018 02:56:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Rex Burkhead (concussion) is expected to suit up against the Jaguars but "needs to clear pre-game warmups without any setbacks."

If Burkhead indeed gets cleared, he will be a low-end RB2/FLEX, even with Sony Michel (knee) expected to make his NFL debut. The Pats will need to have the short-passing game cranking against the Jaguars' elite front seven. We should get Burkhead's official status a little before 3PM ET.
Sun, Sep 16, 2018 11:17:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Brian Hoyer
RB1James White
2Sony Michel
3Rex Burkhead
4Cordarrelle Patterson
GLB1Sony Michel
2Rex Burkhead
3RB1James White
2Rex Burkhead
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Phillip Dorsett
WR21Chris Hogan
2Matthew Slater
WR31Phillip Dorsett
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Dwayne Allen
3Jacob Hollister
4Stephen Anderson
LT1Trent Brown
LG1Joe Thuney
2James Ferentz
C1David Andrews
2Brian Schwenke
RG1Shaq Mason
2Ted Karras
3Ryker Mathews
RT1Marcus Cannon
2LaAdrian Waddle
K1Stephen Gostkowski