Posted: 8/12/2019 1:08 pm UTC
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 12, after missing time last week.
Huddle Up: Burkhead has PPR value, but the team's backfield is a crapshoot any given week. He's an RB5 in fantasy.
Posted: 6/03/2019 8:06 pm UTC
New England Patriots RBs Sony Michel and Damien Harris are competing for lead-back duties with James White locked into his role and Rex Burkhead likely viewed as a jack-of-all-trades, change-of-pace runner, according to Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald.
Huddle Up: It doesn't come as a surprise Michel and Harris are the main candidates for the lead role, but Duffy appears to believe Harris will get a fair chance to win the job, although he admits both backs will get carries. Michel is the more talented back of the two, but Duffy points out he didn't do much in terms of explosive runs (four carries of 20-plus yards as a rookie) or in the passing game (seven catches), so there is potential - albeit slight - for Harris to find a niche if he shows well in camp.
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.
Posted: 2/04/2019 4:02 am UTC
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead carried seven times for 43 yards and added 15 yards on two receptions during the team's victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
Huddle Up: Burkhead took a backseat to Sony Michel but was far more involved than former Super Bowl hero James White, running for a huge first down late in the contest that came close to clinching the game for the Pats. If he could ever stay healthy for a full 16-game slate in New England he could have some decent fantasy value.
Posted: 1/21/2019 2:01 am UTC
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead rushed 12 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime, and caught four passes for 23 yards in a 37-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 20.
Huddle Up: Burkhead often takes a backseat to Sony Michel and James White, but he still is capable of delivering when his number is called and is up to three touchdowns this postseason.
Posted: 1/17/2019 5:01 pm UTC
New England Patriots RBs Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead combined for 47 rushing attempts/targets and 254 yards from scrimmage in the divisional-round playoff win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots' opponent in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 20, surrendered the third-most total yards (2,709) to opposing running backs during the regular season.
Huddle Up: Among other things, the Patriots are notorious for relentlessly attacking an opponent's weakness, and with the New England pass-catching corps not in top shape (no Josh Gordon, a diminished TE Rob Gronkowski) look for plenty of work again for Michel, White & Co., on Sunday.
Posted: 1/13/2019 9:01 pm UTC
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead rushed for 12 yards and one touchdown on four carries against the Los Angeles Chargers in the Divisional Round playoff game. He also caught one pass for seven yards during the game.
Huddle Up: Burkhead is third on the depth chart and likely will only receive a handful of touches during games. He probably should be avoided in fantasy leagues next week.
Posted: 12/30/2018 8:12 pm UTC
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead caught one pass for 18 yards and one touchdown against the New York Jets in Week 17. He also rushed for 14 yards on five carries during the game.
Huddle Up: Burkhead has been involved in the offense more over the last three weeks but is still behind Sony Michel and James White on the depth chart. Owners in fantasy leagues probably can avoid Burkhead during the playoffs.
Posted: 12/23/2018 9:12 pm UTC
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead rushed for 39 yards on 13 carries against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16. He also caught four passes for 40 yards during the game.
Huddle Up: Burkhead has not been a big factor on offense since returning to the lineup but was productive against the Bills. He likely will receive a handful of touches next week but probably should be avoided in most leagues.
Posted: 12/17/2018 5:12 am UTC
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead carried four times for 25 yards and caught all three of his targets for 18 additional yards in Week 15 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: It took until December this year, but the Patriots' unpredictable backfield usage is rearing its ugly head at the worst time of the season for fantasy owners. Burkhead's usage as a runner is making life difficult for fantasy owners of Sony Michel - as is the goal-line usage of James Develin - while his occasional passing-down usage is taking production away from James White. With that said, he isn't seeing enough work to be useful in fantasy, and that figures to remain the case against the Buffalo Bills in Week 16.