Posted 5/07/2019 5:05 pm UTC
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead is trying a new approach this offseason after missing 14 of 32 regular-season games the past two seasons. 'You learn from your experiences from the past, and also from some of the older guys,' Burkhead said Tuesday, May 7. 'Like Matthew Slater, he's been in it for awhile now and how he takes care of his body. There are things. I remember my rookie year, I think I took one week off and then I was right back in it, hard core lifting right after the season. You learn that is not the best way to go about it. Your body takes time to recover, mentally, physically and there's some little things you can pick up too, whether that is yoga or pilates, things like that just to make sure your body is in the best shape possible. When you make it far you really have to stay on top of that, especially here, you understand your body is your temple and it's your line of work.'
Huddle Up: Burkhead had a more productive postseason (141 total yards, three TDs in three games) than regular season (317 yards, one TD in eight games) last season, but the RB picture in New England has only grown cloudier this offseason with the selection of Alabama RB Damien Harris in the third round. And with Sony Michel and James White also in the mix, Burkhead is nothing more than a late-round flyer in drafts.