Rex Burkhead

Houston Texans
Running Back #33
Houston Texans
Running Back #33
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Heavy usage but limited results

Burkhead rushed 12 times for 27 yards and caught all three of his targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 21-14 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Burkhead got three more touches than David Johnson but mustered one fewer scrimmage yard. While Burkhead's 33 touches over the past two weeks suggest he'll continue to play a prominent role in Week 13 against the Colts, he has averaged fewer than three yards per touch, so there will likely be more enticing backfield options out there in the majority of formats.

Nov 28, 2021 3:39 PM EST

Sees spike in usage

Burkhead rushed 18 times for 40 yards in Sunday's 22-13 win over the Titans.

Analysis: The Texans chose to narrow their backfield usage, as Phillip Lindsay was limited to only one carry. Between that and Houston's surprisingly positive game script, Burkhead had plenty of opportunity to produce. However, he failed to get much going, as he averaged only 2.2 yards per carry and his longest rush of the day went for just nine yards. If the team chooses to continue to narrow their backfield usage moving forward, Burkhead could be a bit more effective in Week 12 against the Jets.

Nov 21, 2021 6:26 PM EST

Two touches in loss

Burkhead had two carries for nine yards in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Burkhead, who took a lead role in the backfield last week following the Mark Ingram trade, fell to third behind Phillip Lindsay and David Johnson on Sunday. He was second among the position group with 21 snaps behind Johnson's 31, but the two touches/targets lagged behind Johnson's nine and Lindsay's eight.

Nov 8, 2021 4:56 AM EST

Practices fully

Burkhead (hip) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Analysis: The full workout puts Burkhead on track to enter this weekend's game in Miami without an injury designation. Burkhead took on his largest workload of the season in the Texans' Week 8 loss to the Rams, playing a backfield-leading 48 percent of the offensive snaps while carrying four times for 21 yards and a touchdown and catching three of four targets for 27 yards. Given that all seven of Burkhead's touches came after the Rams raced out to 38-0 lead after three quarters, he can't be reliably counted on to see as sizable of a snap share against the 1-7 Dolphins this weekend.

Nov 4, 2021 1:54 PM EST

Reps capped Wednesday

Burkhead (hip) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Burkhead was a regular on Houston injury reports throughout October due to the hip issue, but he only missed one game -- a Week 5 loss to New England -- because of it. In the aftermath of the Oct. 27 trade that sent lead back Mark Ingram to New Orleans, Burkhead stepped into his largest role of the season in the Texans' 38-22 loss to the Rams in Week 8, playing 28 of 58 offensive snaps (48 percent) while taking four carries for 21 yards and a touchdown and hauling in three of four targets for 27 yards. The hip injury shouldn't stop Burkhead from playing this Sunday in Miami, but he won't be a lock to pace the Houston backfield in snaps and touches like he did in Week 8 if Houston is able to stay more competitive against the 1-7 Dolphins. Burkhead didn't pick up a carry or record a reception until the fourth quarter of last week's contest, when the Texans entered the final 15 minutes with a 38-point deficit.

Nov 3, 2021 1:49 PM EST

Leads backfield

Burkhead ran for 21 yards and one touchdown on four carries and caught three receptions for 27 yards on four targets against the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: Following the trade of Mark Ingram it was assumed that David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay would play more, but instead they both saw demotions Sunday as Burkhead and Scottie Phillips (five carries for 11 yards, two receptions for nine yards on three targets) played more. It's not clear whether the game flow affected the workload distribution -- the Texans fell far behind early and that may have affected their personnel decisions -- but in the meantime there's reason to assume Burkhead will be much more involved than before the Ingram trade. It's a bleak backfield overall, unfortunately, and it's difficult to know what to expect as the Texans head to Miami in Week 9.

Oct 31, 2021 2:55 PM EST

Good to go against Rams

Burkhead (hip) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Rams, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Burkhead upgraded to full practice participation Friday after a pair of limited sessions, and he's expected to play as a result. With Mark Ingram having been traded to the Saints earlier in the week, Burkhead's expected to work in a rotational role alongside David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay in Houston's backfield.

Oct 29, 2021 1:51 PM EST

Another limited practice

Burkhead (hip) logged a limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: Burkhead has battled a hip injury since Week 5, though he's played in each of the team's last two games. Assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Burkhead should be ready to suit up for a Week 8 matchup against the Rams. Burkhead will still likely work behind David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay, but he could see an increased role in the absence of Mark Ingram.

Oct 28, 2021 5:25 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Burkhead (hip) was limited at practice Wednesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Burkhead logged just four snaps and zero touches in this past Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, but it's possible he could see a bit more work in the coming weeks, with Mark Ingram headed to the Saints. That said, Burkhead remains behind David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay in the Texans' RB pecking order, so the versatile Burkhead is still off the fantasy radar, at least for now.

Oct 27, 2021 4:26 PM EST

Returning against Indy

Burkhead (hip) is active Week 6 against the Colts.

Analysis: While Burkhead was able to overcome a missed practice Thursday followed by a limited practice Friday, expectations should be kept in check, as the veteran is essentially fourth on the depth chart. The 31-year-old has seen more snaps on special teams than on offense in each of the past two weeks, and only played three offensive snaps in his last game action Week 4 against Buffalo.

Oct 17, 2021 8:39 AM EST

Questionable against Indy

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

Analysis: Burkhead missed practice Thursday but was able to participate on a limited basis Wednesday and Friday. Even if he suits up against Indianapolis, Burkhead's unlikely to get many touches with Mark Ingram, David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay all ahead of him in Houston's backfield pecking order.

Oct 15, 2021 12:35 PM EST

Non-participant Thursday

Burkhead (hip) did not practice Thursday.

Analysis: The running back returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant but was held out Thursday. The 31-year-old has served as the Texans fourth option in the backfield this season behind Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay and David Johnson. Burkhead has only one rush attempt and two catches in four games in 2021.

Oct 14, 2021 3:38 PM EST

Resumes practicing

Burkhead (hip) is participating in Wednesday's practice, Brooks Kubena of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Burkhead is practicing for the first time since suffering a hip injury that kept him sidelined Week 5. When healthy this season, the veteran running back has only handled a depth role, so he won't be on the fantasy radar in most formats even if back in action for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Oct 13, 2021 11:10 AM EST

Out for Week 5

The Texans have ruled out Burkhead (hip) for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: He'll miss out on a matchup with one of his former teams after the hip injury kept him from practicing all week. Even while suiting up in each of the Texans' first four games, Burkhead has held a minimal role on offense. He's played just 29 snaps, carrying once for minus-1 yard and catching two passes for 11 yards.

Oct 8, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Doesn't practice Wednesday

Burkhead (hip) didn't practice Wednesday and is expected to miss Sunday's contest against the Patriots, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Burkhead has been non-existent for the Texans offense this year, as he logged just his first carry of the season in Week 4. It's unclear when he picked up the injury, but he is expected to be sidelined for at least one week.

Oct 6, 2021 11:05 AM EST

Logs first carry

Burkhead had one carry for minus-1 yard in Sunday's 40-0 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Burkhead logged his first carry of the season while playing a season-low three snaps. In all the preseason speculation about how the carries would be divided among Houston's veteran running backs, it doesn't matter. The Texans are averaging just 2.7 yards per carry the last three weeks, and it's pass-catching back David Johnson that may be the most valuable of the group.

Oct 4, 2021 6:56 AM EST

Limited again Week 2

Burkhead logged 11 offensive snaps in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Burkhead did not have a touch Week 2 and has a combined 21 offensive snaps through two weeks. The Texans were hit by injuries Sunday, although none to its running backs, so Burkhead could benefit from more playing time Week 3, a Thursday matchup with the Panthers.

Sep 20, 2021 6:29 AM EST

Logs 10 snaps

Burkhead caught one of two targets for six yards in Sunday's 37-21 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Burkhead played 10 of 78 offensive snaps (13 percent), ranking fourth among Houston's running backs. After Houston signed three veteran backs during the offseason to join David Johnson, it was unclear how the snaps and opportunities would shake out. The first week provided a glimpse into the pecking order and roles, as Mark Ingram emerged as the clear leader followed by Phillip Lindsay. Johnson (four targets, three catches, one TD) provided value as the top receiving back while Burkhead appears to be second as a receiver.

Sep 13, 2021 6:42 AM EST

Makes preseason debut

Burkhead had one carry for four yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards in Saturday's 20-14 win over the Cowboys in Preseason Week 2.

Analysis: Burkhead made his preseason debut after sitting out the opener with explanation. All four of Houston's running backs saw action in the game, and the Cowboys snuffed it out, holding the Texans' ground game to an average of 3.2 yards per carry. There is no more clarity on how Texans head coach David Culley plans to divvy up the carries among the position group or which one (if any) will not make the roster. What appears to be clear after two preseason weeks is that David Johnson will play on passing downs and that Mark Ingram will have a spot.

Aug 22, 2021 9:20 AM EST

Doesn't play in opener

Burkhead dressed but did not play in Saturday's 26-7 win over the Packers in Preseason Week 1.

Analysis: Both Burkhead or Mark Ingram suited up but did not play. They watched Phillip Lindsay start and David Johnson get just one carry. At this point, there's no clarity to how head coach David Culley plans to deploy his four running backs, but Johnson's limited usage is noteworthy.

Aug 15, 2021 8:10 AM EST

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