- Jan 7, 2013
I am happy to see Rex getting increased reps. It's highly possible he gets far more reps than James White in the game vs Oakland.
Yea, I don’t see Jeremy Hill as any serious competition. He’s terrible. Slow, unathletic and terrible hands as a pass catcher. I won’t be surprised if he gets released during the cutdown to 53.If the Patriots don't spend an early draft pick on a running back, and if Rex can stay healthy, he could be in line for a big year, lots of carries and receptions. Even Michael Fabiano, perhaps the best known fantasy football guru and not known for jumping on the early bandwagon of White skill players, is saying that Burkhead as of now is the NE RB to own for 2018.
Yea, I don’t see Jeremy Hill as any serious competition. He’s terrible. Slow, unathletic and terrible hands as a pass catcher. I won’t be surprised if he gets released during the cutdown to 53.
Like you said, barring a high drafted runner, a pairing of Burkhead on early downs and White on 3rds seems the most likely.
The key for a Burkhead break out season will be remaining injury free. An NFL RB takes a lot of hits by men weighing over 230 lbs full steam to take one out. All RBs in real games experience this. It is hard to remain major injury free for any RB. Hopefully Rex can avoid the major injuries.Can Rex Burkhead be Patriots' No. 1 running back?
JULY 29, 2018 - 1:56 PM
FOXBORO -- It is a crowded Patriots running back room with no one player being that much ahead of the rest, but when it comes to a potential No. 1 back in the offense, it's hard to ignore Rex Burkhead.
After Dion Lewis departed for Tennessee in the offseason, Burkhead re-signed with the team and seems to be in a position to receive the most touches in the offense.
Despite playing in just 10 games last season, he ran for 264 yards and five touchdowns on 64 carries and also caught 30 passes out of the backfield for 254 yards and three touchdowns. He was a major difference maker in the middle of the season when he had five touchdowns in a four-game stretch.
This being his second year in the system, he acknowledged that will be a big benefit.
“I think it is probably the case for a lot of people, just being in my second year with the team and in the system you’re definitely going to feel comfortable," he said after Sunday's practice. "I am never settling. There’s a long way to go. A lot of things I can clean up to reach my potential.”
Burkhead added: “It definitely helps you grow. Relationship-wise as well, with other guys on the team. Just getting to know them more, forming those bonds it gives you another thing to play for out there -- ‘I hear this guys' story, I know what he’s gone through. I want to put my body out there for him and make sacrifices for the better of the team.’”
In terms of his health, the 28-year-old feels good.
"I feel good. I do," he said. "A long way to go, but as far as body, I feel pretty good.”
Burkhead will be competing with James White, rookie Sony Michel, Mike Gillislee, Jeremy Hill and Brandon Bolden for playing time, but given his skill set and experience in the system, he seems primed to take the next step. But for him personally, he's not even thinking about it.
“We’ll see, whatever the coaches want," said Burkhead.