Rex Burkhead
Rex Burkhead
29-Year-Old Running BackRB
New England Patriots
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Burkhead's second go-round with New England didn't amount to much. A Week 3 neck injury cost him half the season, and by the time he got healthy, Sony Michel had firmly established himself at the top of the depth chart. With James White dominating action on passing downs, there simply weren't many snaps left over for other running backs, and Burkhead's efficiency suffered with his erratic workload - he saw double-digit touches just once within the last five weeks of the regular season. When he's 100 percent healthy, Burkhead has the ability to make a contribution in almost any situation, but the Patriots made it clear they aren't counting on him when they used a third-round pick on Damien Harris, a back with a similarly versatile skill set and more upside than the veteran. Burkhead should still have a role in New England, but it could increasingly come on special teams in a young, crowded backfield. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $9.75 million contract with the Patriots in March of 2018.
Part of crowded backfield
RBNew England Patriots
May 22, 2019
Burkhead will face competition during the upcoming season in a crowded Patriots backfield that now includes third-round draft pick Damien Harris, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
In addition to Harris and Burkhead, the Patriots will return lead runner Sony Michel for his second season, while James White is locked in as the team's passing-down back. Prior to the draft, Burkhead profiled as a versatile complementary piece behind Michel and White, but the arrival of Harris muddles Burkhead's path to carries. With Brandon Bolden also back in the mix as a core special-teams contributor, the backfield now goes five deep, which is one more than Bill Belichick typically prefers to keep on the 53-man roster. The numbers game could easily work itself out before Week 1 if/when injuries hit, but for now, it's tough to project any sort of reliable workload for Burkhead.
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How do Rex Burkhead's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
Touches Per Game
% Snaps w/Touch
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
% Team Air Yards
% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
1.9 Yds
Catch Rate
Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Rex Burkhead's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 10"
215 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.73 sec
Shuttle Time
4.09 sec
Cone Drill
6.85 sec
Vertical Jump
39.0 in
Broad Jump
125 in
Bench Press
21 reps
Hand Length
9.75 in
Arm Length
30.88 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Underappreciated and buried on the depth chart in Cincinnati for the first four seasons of his career, Burkhead appeared to be in line for a bigger role in New England after signing as a free agent last offseason, but a Week 2 rib injury put a damper on his sleeper status. Once he was 100 percent healthy, Burkhead showed what he could do by scoring seven TDs in a six-game stretch out of the Patriots' bye before a knee injury cut short his regular season. Burkhead isn't the biggest or fastest back, doesn't have the softest hands or run the sharpest routes, and he doesn't have electric moves in the open field or uncanny vision, but he's at least competent in all aspects, making him a great fit who can step up in any situation. The selection of Sony Michel in the first round presents a significant threat to Burkhead's workload - the signing of former Bengals teammate Jeremy Hill, less so - but Tom Brady finds ways to get the ball to players he trusts, and Burkhead seemed to earn that trust last year.
Injuries to both Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill forced the Bengals to give Burkhead a much larger role in the offense than they expected last season, and he stepped up down the stretch, gaining more than 200 combined yards with two touchdowns over the final two games. An athletic and elusive runner, Burkhead lacks breakaway speed but has proven to be a nearly ideal backup as he can contribute in just about any situation. Now a Patriot, his prospects for significant value didn't really improve with the move, as he's now the jack-of-all-trades running back on a depth chart that features a goal-line option in Mike Gillislee and two pass catchers in James White and Dion Lewis. Coach Bill Belichick's mix-and-match style could provide Burkhead with a big game or two, but don't expect consistent production.
In his third season, Burkhead found himself buried on a Bengals running back depth chart full of young talent. He was only given four rushing attempts last season but became a contributing factor in the passing game, hauling in 10 receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown. While it seems unlikely the fourth-year back sees major carries this season, he'll continue to develop as a pass-catcher, boosting his fantasy value for deeper leagues.
After missing the first month of the season with a knee injury, Burkhead spent most of his time on special teams coverage for the Bengals, getting just 33 offensive snaps compared to 113 on special teams. He's a capable pass-catching back, grabbing seven receptions on 10 targets for 49 yards, but as long as Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard are around, Burkhead is going to be limited to mop-up and change-of-pace duty.
Burkhead is buried on the Bengals depth chart behind Giovani Bernard, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cedric Peerman and rookie Jeremy Hill.
Burkhead, a rookie out of Nebraska, will mostly be a reserve running back for the Bengals.
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Effectively complements Michel
RBNew England Patriots
February 3, 2019
Burkhead rushed seven times for 43 yards and brought in both of his targets for 15 yards in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday.
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Logs 12 carries in win
RBNew England Patriots
January 21, 2019
Burkhead carried 12 times for 41 yards and two TDs and hauled in all four of his targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 37-31 AFC Championship Game win over the Chiefs.
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Catches TD pass Sunday
RBNew England Patriots
December 31, 2018
Burkhead carried five times for 14 yards and added an 18-yard TD reception in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Jets.
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Gets 17 touches in win
RBNew England Patriots
December 23, 2018
Burkhead rushed 13 times for 39 yards and added four catches for 40 yards on five targets while also losing a fumble in Sunday's 24-12 win over the Bills.
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Logs 16 snaps Sunday
RBNew England Patriots
December 17, 2018
Burkhead was on the field for 16 of the Patriots' 62 snaps on offense in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Steelers, en route to carrying four times for 25 yards and hauling in all three of his targets for 18 yards.
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