NEW ENGLAND PATRIOT’S REX BURKHEAD
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead joins the guys
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As a freshman at the University of Nebraska in 2009, Burkhead played in nine games, rushing for 346 yards on 81 carries with three touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2010, Burkhead was second on the depth chart behind senior Roy Helu. Burkhead played in all 14 games as the backup, and rushed for 951 yards on 172 carries and seven touchdowns. In 2011, Burkhead took over as the starting running back as a junior. Nebraska had little experience at running back that season, and Burkhead got the majority of the carries, including a school record 38 carries against the Iowa Hawkeyes. He ended up rushing for 1,357 yards on 284 carries with 15 touchdowns and was named a first team All-Big Ten selection. In 2012, with expectations high, Burkhead sprained his knee in the season opener and missed two games before re-injuring the knee four games later. Burkhead missed six games total in the season, but still finished with five touchdowns and 675 yards on just 98 carries for a 6.9 yard average.
He was considered the ninth or tenth best running back prospect for the 2013 NFL Draft in the top 150 overall.
On September 7, on Thursday Night Football, Burkhead made his debut as a member of the Patriots. He was in the starting lineup and had three rushes for 15 yards and one reception for eight yards in the 42–27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. On September 17, against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2, he recorded his first touchdown as a member of the Patriots when he hauled in a 19-yard pass from Tom Brady in the first quarter of the 36–20 victory. He finished the game with three receptions for 41 yards. On November 12, 2017 during week 10 against the Denver Broncos, Burkhead had 10 rushes for 36 yards, 3 receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown, and a blocked punt. He thus became the first player to both catch a touchdown pass and block a punt in the same NFL game since 1977. Burkhead finished his first season with the Patriots with 64 carries for 264 yards and 5 touchdowns and recorded 30 catches for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns. In the playoffs the Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round without Burkhead, but Burkhead returned for the AFC Championship Game where he recorded 1 carry for 5 yards in the 24-20 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars to reach Super Bowl LII. The Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Burkhead recorded 3 carries for 18 yards and caught a pass for 46 yards in the Super Bowl.
On March 14, 2018, Burkhead signed a three-year contract extension with the Patriots. In Week 3 against the Detroit Lions, Burkhead suffered a neck injury and was placed on injured reserve on September 26, 2018. He was activated off injured reserve on November 26, 2018.
On January 20, 2019 in the postseason, Burkhead scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime as part of the 2019 AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Patriots would have won on an earlier 4th quarter Burkhead rushing touchdown with 0:39 left had the Chiefs not responded with a 39 yard field goal to force overtime. The Patriots won the coin toss, which eventually set up the offense with a 1st & 10 at the Kansas City 15-yard line. Burkhead ran up the middle for 10 yards for the 1st down and another 3 yards on the next play setting up 2nd & Goal. Burkhead ran again up the middle for 2 yards for a touchdown sending the Patriots to Super Bowl LIII. Burkhead finished the game with 12 carries for 41 yards and 2 rushing TDs; he also had 4 receptions for 28 yards.
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