ESPN's Mike Reiss considers RB Rex Burkhead the early favorite for goal-line duties in New England. "Burkhead filled that role at times last year, so he'd be more likely to get the initial nod over [RB Sony] Michel, who had 12 fumbles in college and might need to prove himself from a ball-security standpoint before the team gives him that responsibility," Reiss writes. Burkhead was good near the end zone last year, converting 4 of 7 carries inside the 5-yard line into TDs. We wouldn't rule out Michel here -- he's a 215-pounder who scored 16 times at Georgia last year -- but losing goal-line work would obviously cap his fantasy upside. As usual, the Patriots backfield will be 1 to monitor closely when training camp gets underway.
The Patriots selected Georgia RB Sony Michel with the 31st overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s the first 1st-round RB for New England since Laurence Maroney in 2006. That didn’t work out so well, but Michel has the potential to fare much better. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry across his 4-year college career and flashed pass-catching ability with seasons of 26 and 22 grabs. Michel is electric in the open field with surprising power. The biggest concern is a lengthy injury history that includes a torn ACL and a pair of ankle injuries. This is a exciting landing spot for Michel. New England’s backfield is crowded on paper, but Rex Burkhead, James White, Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee are all role players. Consider Michel the odds-on favorite to lead the 2018 backfield in touches.
The Patriots on Wednesday agreed to a 3-year deal to keep RB Rex Burkhead on the roster, NFL Network reports. Burkhead finished top-20 in points per game among RBs in PPR scoring last season. Dion Lewis has left town, and Mike Gillislee looks like less of a factor than anyone expected heading into 2017. We'll see if New England adds any other significant backfield pieces, but Burkhead looks like a solid RB2 in fantasy football drafts at the moment.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is active for today's game against the Jaguars. He still has yet to put in a full practice since returning from his knee sprain, but New England clearly has a role in mind for him in the AFC Championship game. RB Mike Gillislee (knee) is inactive after entering the day questionable. Having Burkhead back in the lineup threatens the goal-line role for RB Dion Lewis, but Lewis still figures to easily lead the backfield in touches.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars after a limited week of practice. With all the hubbub about QB Tom Brady’s injury, we haven’t heard anything about Burkhead’s status. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport did report back on Monday that Burkhead is expected to play. We’ll find out for sure around 1:30 pm ET on Sunday.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) remained limited on Wednesday. He was limited all last week before missing the Titans game. Burkhead is reportedly expected back for Sunday's AFC Championship, but it'd be nice to see him get in a full workout on Thursday or Friday.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is expected back for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Jaguars, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Burkhead was limited in practice last week and was close to playing on Saturday night vs. Tennessee, Rapoport adds. New England got 181 total yards and 2 TDs from RBs Dion Lewis and James White in the win over the Titans but will certainly welcome back Burkhead's versatile skill set.
Patriots RBs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee are inactive for tonight's game against the Titans with their knee injuries. RB James White (ankle) is active and figures to play in passing situations behind Dion Lewis.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Patriots RB Rex Burkhead and RB Mike Gillislee aren’t expected to play tonight against the Titans. Both backs enter the day questionable. Their absences would help the fantasy outlooks for Dion Lewis and James White, who is expected to return
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Titans. After noticeably favoring his injured leg on Wednesday, Burkhead "made some nice progress" on Thursday, according to insider Jeff Howe. We'll find out his official status around 7 pm ET on Saturday. He'll be a risk/reward fantasy play if active. Dion Lewis remains the best fantasy bet in New England's backfield.
Patriots insider Jeff Howe notes that RB Rex Burkhead was still sporting a brace on his left knee during Wednesday's practice. Burkhead was reportedly favoring that left leg during the stretching period. "If he’s available Saturday, it’d appear he’ll be limited," Howe opined. A limited Burkhead would mean more action for the red-hot Dion Lewis. We'll continue to track Burkhead's progress leading up to Saturday night's game vs. the Titans.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) was officially limited in Tuesday's practice. He got back on the practice field last week and is expected to play against the Titans this weekend. But it'd be nice to see him get in a full workout over the next couple of days. RB James White (ankle) was also limited on Tuesday, while RB Mike Gillislee (knee) did not practice.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday. That puts him on track to play in the Divisional Round, which has been the expectation all along. Burkhead averaged 7.6 carries and 4 targets across his last 7 games before suffering that knee injury. RB Mike Gillislee (knee) remained sidelined on Wednesday.
The Patriots are "optimistic" that RB Rex Burkhead (knee) will be back for the playoffs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Burkhead has been diagnosed with a sprained knee and is expected to miss the final 2 weeks of the regular season. It's a big loss considering he'd averaged 7.6 carries, 4 targets and 1 TD per game over the last 7. RB Dion Lewis figures to pick up most of Burkhead's ball-carrying role. The targets could be split between Lewis and RB James White. We'll see if RB Mike Gillislee is active for Sunday's game against the Bills.
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Patriots RB Rex Burkhead's knee injury is not believed to be major. Schefter specifically mentions that Burkhead's ACL is intact. "He could miss a little time," though, Schefter adds. We'll look for a more detailed diagnosis tomorrow, but we wouldn't count on Burkhead playing against the Bills in Week 16. That'd leave Dion Lewis as New England's lead back, James White in an expanded pass-catching role and possibly Mike Gillislee back on the active roster.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead suffered a left knee injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the contest. That, of course, suggests a serious injury. We'll look for an update after the game.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) practiced all week and was removed from the final injury report. He should be active for Sunday night’s game against the Falcons. Burkhead’s role is completely unclear after missing the past 4 weeks. He’s worth monitoring but can’t be trusted in Week 7 fantasy lineups.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game vs. the Jets. It'll be his 4th straight missed game. Mike Gillislee, James White and Dion Lewis will continue to handle backfield duties for New England.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jets after a limited week of practice. He’s expected to play but can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups. We’ll be keeping a close eye on his role, though.
Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) is out for Thursday night's game against the Bucs. That's a downgrade from last week, when he was listed as doubtful before being declared inactive. We'll see if Burkhead can get ready for Week 6 against the Jets.
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