Bengals’ sixth-round 2013 draft choice had an expanded role in 2016 season’s closing stretch, filling gap left by injury to HB Giovani Bernard ... Averaged 5.6 yards on his 75 offensive touches for the season, and had his first career 100-yard rushing game in season finale ... Has been a strong special teams performer throughout his pro career and led ’16 team in special teams tackles ... Finished second on ’15 team in special teams tackles.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in sixth round of 2013 NFL Draft (190th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-13-13.
2016 general: Played in Games 1-16 ... Led team in special teams tackles (12) and had a special teams forced fumble ... Averaged 4.6 yards on his 74 rushes (344 yards) ... Also had 17 receptions for 145 yards (8.5) ... Average of 19.5 on four kickoff returns.
2016 game-by-game: On Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh, forced a fumble by Darius Heyward-Bey on a punt return (Steelers recovered) ... Rushed two-for-16 and had a special teams tackle Oct. 16 at New England ... On Oct. 23 vs. Cleveland, rushed four-for-23, had a 10-yard reception and led special teams in tackles (two) ... Led special teams in tackles (two) Oct. 30 vs. Washington in London ... Led team Nov. 14 at N.Y. Giants with three special teams tackles ... Had 66 scrimmage yards Dec. 4 vs. Philadelphia, rushing eight-for-38 (led team) and catching four-for-28 ... On Dec. 11 at Cleveland, rushed nine-for-45 (5.0) and had a six-yard reception ... On Dec. 18 vs. Pittsburgh, rushed seven-for-32 and had two receptions for 18 ... On Jan. 1, against Baltimore rush defense ranked second in NFL, rushed 27-for-119 and finished with 144 yards from scrimmage (two receptions for 25).
Previous seasons: 2013—Played in one game as a rookie, seeing special teams action on Nov. 10 at Baltimore ... Inactive for the other 15 games, and for Wild Card playoff vs. San Diego ... Slowed early in season by hamstring strain suffered in practice. 2014—Played in nine games (Games 5-6, 8-10 and 13-16), and started as a WR in Wild Card playoff, in part due to injuries to WR corps ... His season got off to a slow start, as he suffered knee strain on Aug. 16 in preseason game vs. N.Y. Jets, missing final two preseason games and first three regular-season games ... Rushed nine-for-27 with a TD in regular season, and also logged seven catches for 49 yards and four special teams tackles ... On Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, tipped a Bryan Anger punt, causing it to travel only 27 yards ... Saw first career action on offense Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville and caught two-for-10 ... On Nov. 16 at New Orleans, his three-for-36 receiving included key 15-yard reception on third-and-11 play ... On Dec. 14 at Cleveland, scored his first NFL TD on 10-yard TD rush in fourth quarter ... In Wild Card playoff at Indianapolis, pressed into service to aid an injury-thinned WR corps and had a 23-yard rush on a reverse on game’s first play, and he also caught three-for-34. 2015—Played in all 16 games and in Wild Card playoff ... In regular season, had 10 receptions for 94 yards and a TD, and had four rushes for four yards ... Ranked second on team in special teams tackles (11) ... One reception for 24 yards on Sept. 13 at Oakland, converting a third-down on third-quarter TD drive ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, his 27-yard reception help set up second Bengals TD in first quarter ... On Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh, had one reception, from AJ McCarron, for a five-yard TD, second of his career ... Two special teams tackles Dec. 20 at San Francisco and Jan. 3 vs. Baltimore ... In Wild Card playoff vs. Pittsburgh, had four-yard rush, five-yard reception and special teams tackle.
College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Nebraska, with 44 games played and 22 starts, and was first-team All-Big 10 in 2011 ... His 3329 career rushing yards included 14 games of 100 or more yards, with career rushing average of 5.2 per carry ... Knee sprain affected him for a number of games as a senior, 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 ... His 35 TDs included 30 rushing and five as a receiver ... Helped lead Cornhuskers to 39-16 record over his four seasons, and was noted for major academic and community service accomplishments.
Run to the White House: Burkhead’s commitment to community service has been personified by his friendship with Jack Hoffman of Atkinson, Neb., a young cancer patient. Jack contacted Nebraska in 2011, asking for a Burkhead photo. Burkhead offered to meet Jack, and his involvement in their relationship led to national notice when he arranged for Jack to suit up in a Cornhusker uniform and “run for a touchdown” in the 2013 NU spring football game before a crowd of more than 60,000. President Obama invited Jack and his family to the White House, and the family included Burkhead in its party. In honor of Jack Hoffman, Burkhead later launched the Team Jack Foundation.
More on community service: In addition to his work with the Team Jack Foundation (see previous item), Burkhead is a frequent participant in Bengals and NFL community outreach activities ... He is a speaker for the NFL’s Play60 program, and his past outreach work has included team hospital visits, activity with Madonna Wheelchair Football Workshop, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and benefits for Irving (Texas) Recreation Center ... Three-time member of Nebraska’s Brook Berringer Citizenship Team, and was selected as one of Nebraska’s Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award winners in 2012 ... Chosen as one of Uplifting Athletes Champions of 2011-12, for helping place focus on helping children with rare diseases ... One of 11 FBS players named to Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, and in December 2012 he was named captain of that team.
Personal: Hometown is Plano, Texas ... Attended Plano High School; earning first-team Class 5A All-State Associated Press honors as senior, when he rushed for 1762 yards and 28 TDs and had 42 catches for 594 yards and five TDs ... Ford Texas Class 5A Player of the Year in 2009 ... Rushed for 1768 yards and 29 TDs as junior ... Earned first-team all-district honors in basketball as junior and senior, and as sophomore was part of Class 5A state championship basketball team ... Graduated from Nebraska in three and a half years with history degree ... Earned repeated scholar-athlete awards throughout 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 ... Married (wife Danielle) ... Hobbies include movies, basketball, golf and fishing.
As a true member of Bengaldom, Jack's huge win at Children's Hospital in Boston last week foreshadowed Cincinnati's massive win at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday over Boston's Patriots.
Ten days until the Bengals make final cuts and for the fourth straight year running back Cedric Peerman is on the bubble and ...
Jack Hoffman got high marks for his final assignment on the last day of first grade. Mrs. Kopecky asked her class at Atkinson West Holt Elementary what they wanted to do and to draw an accompanying picture. Like he did a few weeks before in the Nebraska spring game, Jack came up with a big finish. "Some day I want to go to a Bengals game because my best friend Rex got drafted for the Bengals."