Former Nebraska Cornhusker running back Rex Burkhead was impressive his NFL preseason debut with the Cincinnati Bengals last night. Burkhead rushed for 52 yards on 9 carries.
Burkhead is fighting for a spot on the teams roster, and showed the Bengals his value on Thursday. His first carry took place a few minutes into the third quarter, and the former Husker looked strong. Rex will likely make the squad as a special teams contributor and third on the Bengals running back depth chart behind Benjarvis Green-Ellis and second round draft pick Giovani Bernard.
While it is unlikely that Rex Burkhead will see much game time at running back for Cincinnati this year, he can still be an important piece for the Bengals. Burkhead’s most valuable assets may be his work ethic and leadership skills. He was the heart and soul of Nebraska’s offense the past few seasons, and was also a great mentor to young players on the Husker offense. If nothing else, Burkhead will push teammates to work harder. He will also be a fan favorite in the community.
Other former Huskers were in preseason action last night. Running back Roy Helu had 13 carries for 57 yards in a 22-21 for the Washington Redskins win over the Titans. Former Nebraska defensive back Dejon Gomes led the Redskins with 6 tackles. Helu and Gomes have established themselves as commodities for the Redskins over the past few seasons.
More former Husker will be take part in preseason games tonight. Ndamukong Suh’s Lions take on The New York Jets and Alphonzo Dennard’s Patriots a take on Michael Vick and the Eagles.