Rex Burkhead

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glad he got the extension but the wording of the article is essentially saying he is a bandaid for the running back situation lol He is a #1 rb anyday of the week.
 

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Here's a great piece of news. Rex is old for a running back but has more tread on his tires than most due to hardly being used by Marvin X along with his tendency to get banged up a fair amount:

Texans signed RB Rex Burkhead to a one-year contract extension. Burkhead, 31, isn't a long-term answer for Houston's backfield but has proved serviceable while David Johnson (COVID) and Scottie Phillips (ankle) have been out, handling 103 carries and 17 catches in a workhorse role since Week 11. Burkhead's extension locks him up through the 2022 season.
I put the odds at about 5% or less, but it is possible than Burkhead’s career follows a John Riggins model. Now I’m not saying he’d be as good as Riggins, even if he got a chance, but simply that he’d be in his 30s when first given a starters role. We all know that White’s have great longevity, toughness and determination so it’s not impossible. The Texans would just have to believe in him.
 

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I hadn't thought about that, but it's within the realm of possibility. Riggins' career started in the early 1970s, well before the NFL went hard-core Caste and he was an established star while White RBs and WRs were systematically phased out in the '80s, which made him a dinosaur by the time his long career ended in the mid-80s. Rex would need to play at a very high level, with few below-average games, and be more durable than he's been to have a shot at being a starter in his 30s. Would be cool as can be if it happens.
 

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Glad to hear Rex will have his career extended at least one more year. I thought his knee injury last year was going to be the end of the line for him.
 

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No running lanes in the final game for Rex. Still, given they didn’t utilize him until the last few weeks of the season him finishing with over 400 yds rushing is admirable.

I will say it again, give this man 200 carries a year and another 50 receptions and he will put up a 1300 yards from scrimmage season coupled with double digit touchdowns. All he needs is opportunity.
 

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Rex has zero upside according to this DWF dolt:

Top Contenders: Marlon Mack vs. Dameon Pierce vs. Rex Burkhead

Any starting running back in the NFL has some value on opportunity alone. The Houston Texans backfield put that to the test last year with the worst run game in the league, but Rex Burkhead actually went over 10 points in PPR leagues in three of the last four games of the fantasy season last year. The Texans are still clearly in rebuild mode. However, the offensive line isn't terrible. They are ranked 22nd in PFF's preseason rankings and still have Laremy Tunsil at left tackle. If the 32-year-old Burkhead seizes the job, it will be a bit disappointing because the other two options have some upside on paper.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles...aining-camp-battles-for-fantasy-football-2022
 

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Pierce will culture some carries this year. Still, if he stays healthy, Rex should see over 100 attempts and around 40-50 receptions.
 

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The curious case of Rex Burkhead. How and why is a 32 year old White running back still in the league, and a starter? He has a career 3.9 YPC. With over 600 touches (runs, receptions, and returns), his longest play is 36 yards. He doesn’t have elite size, speed, or moves. This is an era where a White player must be an all-pro to play a caste position. Far more talented backs, such as Ryan Nall and Zach Zenner, are barely given a cup of coffee in the league. Congratulations to Rex, he’s certainly a true professional, but it’s strange.
 
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The curious case of Rex Burkhead. How and why is a 32 year old White running back still in the league, and a starter? He has a career 3.9 YPC. With over 600 touches (runs, receptions, and returns), his longest play is 36 yards. He doesn’t have elite size, speed, or moves. This is an era where a White player must be an all-pro to play a caste position. Far more talented backs, such as Ryan Nall and Zach Zenner, are barely given a cup of coffee in the league. Congratulations to Rex, he’s certainly a true professional, but it’s strange.
Rex is not flashy, but the kind of player that excels in all phases. What truly extended his career was Belichick and Brady (ie: great white Patriot teams). The Texans won’t feature him (case in point, today he receives zero Carrie’s), but they know the value he brings.
 

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Rex doesn't have the size of Nall or the Size/Speed of Zenner.

He is a good all around back though. As an 8th grader, at 5'8, he was throwing down dunks in his hometown of Plano, Tx. Underrated Athlete in his own right.
 

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Rex doesn't have the size of Nall or the Size/Speed of Zenner.

He is a good all around back though. As an 8th grader, at 5'8, he was throwing down dunks in his hometown of Plano, Tx. Underrated Athlete in his own right.
I think so much of how a white player at a verboten position like running back achieves success is opportunity. Unfortunately, they are rarely given opportunity. Even when they are, and excel, they seem to be quickly relegated back to the bench. An example of this would be Zach Zenner, who excelled when thrust into starter-type of workloads against Dallas and Green Bay. However, as soon as the other backs were healthy/available he went back to the bench, even though he was demonstrably more productive.
 
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