Rex Burkhead was signed by the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent from Cincinnati on March 14, 2017 ... Originally drafted by Cincinnati in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
- Made his second career regular-season start and first as a Patriot while rushing three times for 15 yards and adding one catch for eight yards vs. Kansas City (9/7).
- Made his second consecutive start at running back and set a career-high in receiving yards with 41 yards on three receptions, including a 19-yard touchdown reception from QB Tom Brady in the first quarter that put the Patriots on the scoreboard first in the win at New Orleans (9/17). Also rushed twice for three yards.
- Was inactive due to injury vs. Houston (9/24), vs. Carolina (10/1), at Tampa Bay (10/5) and at N.Y. Jets (10/15).
- Returned to action after missing four games and contributed with six carries for 31 yards as part of a rushing attack that totaled a season-high 162 yards on the ground, while adding a reception for 11 yards in the win vs. Atlanta (10/22). Also contributed on special teams with two special teams tackles.
- Led the team in receptions, catching all seven of his targets for 68 yards, while rushing four times for 15 yards and adding a tackle on special teams in the victory over L.A. Chargers (10/29). The seven receptions for 68 yards were both career highs.
- Appeared in a reserve role at running back but was a major contributor rushing 10 times for 36 yards, catching three passes for 27 yards, including a 14-yard first quarter touchdown reception that gave the Patriots a 7-0 lead in their victory at Denver (11/12). Also contributed on special teams with the first blocked punt of his career on a second quarter block that led to a Patriots field goal. It was the first blocked punt for the Patriots since 2014.
- Contributed in a reserve role at running back and finished with five carries for 16 yards, while adding four catches for 21 yards in the 33-8 win at Oakland (11/19) in Mexico City's Estadio Azetca.
- Rushed 13 times for 50 yards and scored his first rushing touchdown as a Patriot on a 2-yard run in the first quarter, while also adding two catches for three yards, including a 1-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter of the win vs. Miami (11/26).
- Scored two touchdowns for the second straight week, scoring twice in the third quarter with touchdown runs of one yard and 14 yards, while also adding a career-long 31-yard run in the second quarter to finish with 78 yards on 12 carries in the victory at Buffalo (12/3). Also caught three passes for 25 yards, added one tackle on special teams and returned one kickoff for 17 yards.
- Started and scored a touchdown for the third straight game on a 3-yard run in the second quarter, finishing with five rushes for eight yards and adding five catches for 45 yards at Miami (12/11).
- Scored in his fourth straight game on a 1-yard touchdown run, finishing with four carries for 12 yards and adding one catch for five yards before exiting the game in the third quarter due to injury in the victory at Pittsburgh (12/17).
- Was inactive due to injury for the win vs. Buffalo (12/24) and in the win vs. N.Y. Jets (12/31).
2016 (16/1 - Cincinnati)
- Played in all 16 games with one start and accrued 74 rushing attempts for 344 yards (4.6 avg.) and two touchdowns. Also posted 17 receptions for 145 yards (8.5 avg.) and made 12 tackles on special teams.
- Made his first career regular-season start at running back in the regular-season finale vs. Baltimore (1/1) and had career highs with 27 rushing attempts for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
2015 (16/0, 1/0 - Cincinnati)
- Played in all 16 regular-season games as a reserve and registered four rushing attempts for 4 yards (1.0 avg.) and 10 receptions for 94 yards (9.4 avg.) and one touchdown. Also posted 11 special teams tackles.
- Appeared as a reserve in the Wild Card game vs. Pittsburgh (1/9) and rushed once for 4 yards, caught one pass for 5 yards and made one special teams tackle.
- Had one reception for a career-long 27 yards vs. Kansas City (10/4).
- Tallied one reception for 5 yards and his first career regular-season touchdown vs. Pittsburgh (12/13).
2014 (9/0, 1/1 - Cincinnati)
- Played in nine regular-season games as a reserve and registered nine rushing attempts for 27 yards (3.0 avg.) and a touchdown and seven receptions for 49 yards (7.0 avg.). Also made four special teams tackles.
- Was inactive for seven games.
- Made his first career start in the Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis (1/4) and had one rushing attempt for 23 yards and three receptions for 34 yards (11.3 avg.).
- Tallied three rushing attempts for 14 yards and his first career touchdown in the win at Cleveland (12/14).
2013 (1/0, 0/0 - Cincinnati)
- Played in one game as a rookie, seeing action on special teams at Baltimore (11/10). Did not accrue any statistics.
- Was inactive for 15 regular-season games and for the Wild Card Playoff vs. San Diego (1/5).
- Played four seasons (2009-12) at Nebraska, with 44 games played and 22 starts, and amassed 3,329 career rushing yards and 30 touchdowns, including 14 games of 100 or more yards. Also scored five receiving touchdowns.
- Earned first-team All-Big 10 honors in 2011.
- Injury affected him for a number of games as a senior in 2012, but he recorded a 6.9-yard average on his 98 rushes and completed one of the most successful all-around careers in program history.
- Attended Plano High School, earning first-team Class 5A All-State Associated Press honors as a senior, when he rushed for 1,762 yards and 28 touchdowns and had 42 catches for 594 yards and five scores.
- Was named Ford Texas Class 5A Player of the Year in 2009 after rushing for 1,768 yards and 29 touchdowns as senior.
- Earned first-team all-district honors in basketball as a junior and senior was part of the Class 5A state championship basketball team as a freshman
- Earned repeated scholar-athlete awards throughout his career, including first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2011 and ’12, and recognition as one of 15 National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes in ’12.
- Graduated from Nebraska in three and a half years with a history degree.
- Serves as a board member for Team Jack Foundation, a charity that funds research for pediatric brain cancer.
- Married to wife, Danielle.