Rex Burkhead

Houston Texans
Running Back #33
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Limited to two catches Sunday

Burkhead did not log a carry and secured two of three targets for nine yards in the Texans' 16-9 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.

Analysis: A week after seeing a total of 22 touches in a tie with the Colts, Burkhead ceded all the ground game work to rookie fourth-round pick Dameon Pierce, who turned 15 carries into 69 yards. Meanwhile, the veteran was limited to a pass-catching role, and a modest one at that. Head coach Lovie Smith recently emphasized his intention to get Pierce more touches and then delivered on that vow Sunday, so it remans to be seen what the extent of Burkhead's involvement will be during a Week 3 road battle against the Bears next Sunday.

Sep 18, 2022 5:31 PM EST


Garners 19 touches Week 1

Burkhead rushed 14 times for 40 yards and secured five of eight targets for 30 yards in the Texans' 20-20 tie with the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: While all eyes were on Burkhead's rookie teammate Dameon Pierce, it was the veteran who paced the Texans in carries and also checked in second to Brandin Cooks in targets for the afternoon. Burkhead certainly is about as reliable as they come and is a superior receiver, but the much younger Pierce is a much more explosive runner. Therefore, it's difficult to read much into the Week 1 workload distribution between the two, with the Texans' backfield situation potentially a bit of a fantasy mystery for the time being until Pierce gets more experience under his belt. Burkhead could play a significant pass-catching role again in Week 2 with Texans visiting the Broncos in a game they could find themselves trailing in.

Sep 11, 2022 4:19 PM EST



Makes team while Mack doesn't

Running back Marlon Mack was among the Texans' final cuts, leaving Burkhead as a clear-cut top-two option at the position along with Dameon Pierce heading into the season, The Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: While Mack was viewed as a bigger threat to Pierce's playing time, Burkhead should still benefit from the team having one less mouth to feed in the backfield, assuming Houston doesn't opt to re-sign Mack after making further roster moves. Burkhead will still need to hold off Royce Freeman and Dare Ogunbowale for playing time in passing situations while Pierce is expected to handle most of the work on early downs.

Aug 30, 2022 12:04 PM EST


Second in behind Pierce on Thursday

Burkhead rushed 10 times for 28 yards and caught his only target for three yards in Thursday's 17-0 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Burkhead was the second running back into the game for the Texans after rookie Dameon Pierce, who appears to have secured the starting job and celebrated by scoring a touchdown on Houston's opening drive. Marlon Mack didn't play until the second half, though he finished with a game-high 55 yards on the ground. Burkhead could carve out a role in PPR formats as Houston's receiving back and change-of-pace option behind Pierce

Aug 25, 2022 8:29 PM EST


Second back in during preseason win

Burkhead entered Friday night's 24-20 preseason win over the Rams as the Texans' second running back behind Marlon Mack, rushing twice for five yards, securing all three targets for nine additional yards and losing a fumble.

Analysis: The versatile veteran saw his fair share of action, but his fumble late in the first half following a four-yard reception set up a Rams field goal. Burkhead rushed for a career-high 427 yards while adding 25 receptions during his 2021 debut campaign in Houston, and there's likely going to be room for him on the final roster thanks to his pass-catching skills and ability to play special teams.

Aug 19, 2022 10:41 PM EST



Unlikely to play Saturday

Burkhead isn't slated to play in Saturday's preseason contest against the Saints, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: Burkhead doesn't have much to prove to the Texans' coaching staff after racking up 613 yards from scrimmage and three rushing touchdowns in 16 games last year. It's unclear if any of his backfield mates will join him on the sideline Saturday, but if not Marlon Mack, rookie fourth-rounder Dameon Pierce, Dare Ogunbowale, Royce Freeman and BJ Emmons are the other healthy options for Houston.

Aug 13, 2022 3:39 PM EST


Shares top spot with Mack

Burkhead and Marlon Mack are both listed as the top running backs on the unofficial depth chart entering Saturday's preseason opener against the Saints, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: The depth chart indicates Mack or Burkhead as the top back with Mack's name listed first. When the Texans added Mack during the offseason, it was widely presumed Burkhead, who finished last season as the lead back, would be replaced. That still may be the case, but perhaps the decision-makers want to see how Mack performs following an Achilles injury that wiped out his 2020 season and minor role in 2021.

Aug 9, 2022 4:00 PM EST


Could be complementary piece

Houston general manager Nick Caserio said Burkhead's increased role at the end of 2021 was borne "more out of need than anything else," Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: That comment suggests the team views Burkhead as a complementary piece in 2022, and not the lead back. The Texans are expected to explore the free-agent market for team-friendly, affordable options, but they could also add a back after the first round of the draft. Houston holds the third-overall pick in the draft and is thought to be looking at help on the offensive line or defense, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Mar 8, 2022 5:52 AM EST


Produces as pass catcher

Burkhead recorded 12 carries for 24 yards in Sunday's 28-25 loss to the Titans. He added three receptions on four targets for 42 yards.

Analysis: Burkhead accounted for 12 of the Texans' 17 carries, but he was largely bottled up on the ground. On the other hand, he delivered an impressive performance as a pass catcher, highlighted by receptions of 20 and 14 yards. Burkhead emerged as a surprisingly reliable producer down the stretch of the campaign, totaling at least 65 yards in four of his last five contests. The Texans will likely address their backfield in some fashion this offseason, but Burkhead recently signed an extension to be back in the mix for the 2022 season.

Jan 9, 2022 4:12 PM EST


Signs extension through 2022

The Texans and Burkhead came to terms on a contract extension through the 2022 season Friday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Since signing with Houston back in June, Burkhead has held a variety of roles out of the backfield, but due to injuries and circumstance he's had a bigger one during the stretch run. Since Week 11, he's earned double-digit carries in six of seven games, helping him settle on 110 rushes for 403 yards and three touchdowns to go with 22 catches (on 28 targets) for 144 yards in 15 appearances heading into the season finale. Following Friday's extension, Burkhead joins Scottie Phillips (ankle) as the only running backs under contract with the Texans next season.

Jan 7, 2022 1:43 PM EST


Falls back down to earth

Burkhead rushed 16 times for 47 yards and caught all six of his targets for 32 more yards in Sunday's 23-7 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Burkhead was unable to replicate his monster rushing performance from a week ago (22-149-2), reverting to his inefficient ways (2.9 yards per carry) as the Texans' recent starting back. On the positive side of things, the veteran back continued to see heavy usage with a team-high 22 touches. Burkhead is averaging 21 combined touches over his last three games, giving him a solid floor as a fantasy asset heading into next Sunday's matchup against the Titans.

Jan 2, 2022 6:23 PM EST


Runs over Chargers

Burkhead rushed the ball 22 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 41-29 win over the Chargers. He also added two receptions for zero yards.

Analysis: Burkhead benefited from the absence of David Johnson (quadriceps) to account for 22 of the Texans' 36 rushing attempts. His effort was highlighted by long gains of 36, 25, and 14 yards while also complementing that production with rushing scores from 15 and one yard away. Even when given opportunity in the past this season, Burkhead has failed to impress. He entered Sunday's game having recorded zero rushes of more than 20 yards on 67 attempts. That said, even if Johnson remains sidelined for Houston's Week 17 matchup against San Francisco, it may be difficult to rely on Burkhead to replicate this performance.

Dec 26, 2021 6:47 PM EST


Could lead backfield sans Johnson

Burkhead is the leading candidate to serve as the Texans' top back Sunday against the Chargers with David Johnson (quadriceps) inactive for the contest, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Royce Freeman and Jaylen Samuels are also on hand as backfield options, but it was Burkhead who saw the bulk of the action in Week 15 against the Jaguars when the quad issue resulted in Johnson playing just 12 snaps in the 30-16 victory. Burkhead, meanwhile, carried 16 times for 41 yards to go with one reception for six yards. He should be more involved in the passing game with Johnson out of the mix, though Burkhead may struggle to replicate the carry total he saw last week if the Texans are playing from behind against Los Angeles.

Dec 26, 2021 9:10 AM EST


Likely to lead backfield again

Burkhead's teammate David Johnson (quadriceps) appears unlikely to play Sunday against the Chargers, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Burkhead has eight or more carries in five straight games and multiple targets in each of his last four, but with minimal big-play ability and limited scoring opportunities, it hasn't led to much production. Johnson's absence does improve the odds of a solid stat line for Burkhead, who now has only Royce Freeman as serious competition in the backfield. Burkhead took 64 percent of offensive snaps in last weeks win over Jacksonville, with 16 carries for 41 yards and one catch for six yards on three targets.

Dec 24, 2021 3:22 PM EST


Handles 17 touches in win

Burkhead (hip/quadriceps) rushed 16 times for 41 yards and brought in one of three targets for six yards in the Texans' 30-16 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Burkhead managed to play through his multiple injuries and once again was the clear leader of the ground attack, although, as customary, the solid volume didn't lead to much production. The veteran back has logged double-digit carries in four of the last five contests, yet he hasn't topped the 41 rushing yards he posted Sunday all season. Burkhead will head into a Week 16 home date against the Chargers with a very modest fantasy floor.

Dec 19, 2021 2:53 PM EST


Suits up Sunday

Burkhead (hip/quadriceps) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Earlier in the week, it appeared as though Burkhead was trending toward missing the contest, but after he was able to work in a limited fashion both Thursday and Friday, he's in uniform Sunday. However, it remains to be seen how much action he'll see, with David Johnson having come off the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. In that context, Burkhead is a hit-or-miss fantasy option, and if he's limited at all versus Jacksonville, Royce Freeman is a candidate to see added snaps.

Dec 19, 2021 8:44 AM EST


Listed as questionable for Week 15

Burkhead (hip/quadriceps) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Per Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle, coach David Culley, who previously suggested that Burkhead wouldn't be available this weekend, later indicated that the running back could "possibly play." To that end, Burkhead was able to work in a limited fashion both Thursday and Friday, which gives him a chance to suit up for Sunday's 1:00 ET contest. If he is made active, Burkhead would be in line to share backfield work with David Johnson, with Royce Freeman a candidate to mix in.

Dec 17, 2021 2:48 PM EST


Not ruled out for Week 15

Coach David Culley said Friday that Burkhead (hip/quadriceps) still has a chance to play Sunday against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Culley said earlier in the week that Burkhead wouldn't be able to play Sunday in Jacksonville, but the veteran tailback's outlook has apparently improved over the past couple days. The 31-year-old's outlook should receive more clarity later Friday when Houston releases its official injury report for Week 15.

Dec 17, 2021 8:46 AM EST


Logs limited practice

Burkhead (hip/quad) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday.

Analysis: Per Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle and Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston, coach David Culley previously relayed that Burkhead would not be ready to play against the Jaguars on Sunday, so unless there's been an unexpected improvement here, look for the running back to be inactive this weekend.

Dec 16, 2021 4:29 PM EST


Sidelined by hip injury

Coach David Culley relayed Wednesday that Burkhead (hip) "won't be able to go this week," Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Burkhead is expected to play again this season, but he's slated to miss Sunday's game against the Jaguars, at a minimum. In his absence, David Johnson, who was unavailable in Week 14, has been activated from the COVID-19 reserve list and is in line to head the Texans' backfield this weekend, with Royce Freeman also in the mix.

Dec 15, 2021 10:07 AM EST


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