Rex Burkhead

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 215
College: Nebraska
Birth Place: Plano, Texas
Draft: 2013 6th round (22nd pick) by the
  • Burkhead exited Sunday's game at Detroit in the fourth quarter with a neck injury.
    Advice: Burkhead didn't see the field much before leaving and managed just two receptions for 26 yards as rookie Sony Michel got the bulk of the rushing attempts. Even if the injury doesn't turn out to be much of a concern, he should be considered only as a fantasy handcuff at this point.
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  • Rex Burkhead suffered a neck injury in Week 3 against the Lions.
    Advice: 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.
  • Rex Burkhead played 15-of-61 (25 percent) snaps Week 2 against the Jaguars.
    Advice: 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.
  • 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."
    Advice: 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.
  • Burkhead (concussion protocol) is active against the Jaguars.
    Advice: The versatile back led New England's backfield with 19 touches in the season opener.
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  • Rex Burkhead rushed six times for 22 yards in the Patriots' Week 2 loss to the Jaguars.
    Advice: 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.
  • Rex Burkhead ran for 22 yards on six carries Sunday in the New England Patriots' 31-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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  • Rex Burkhead (concussion) is active for Week 2 against the Jaguars.
    Advice: 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.