Published Monday, May 13, 2013 AT 3:31 PM / Updated at 5:32 PM
Rex Burkhead signs with Bengals
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Monday; terms weren’t immediately disclosed. A sixth-round pick in the most recent NFL Draft, Burkhead will spend the summer pitched in a battle to make the roster as a third/fourth running back and special teams player.

“Just the quickness in line, the ability to stick his foot in the ground and go from Point A to Point B,” Marvin Lewis told reporters after practice Friday. ”Just the things you saw from him on tape. His abilities as a receiver. I think he’ll be a guy also who will really uplift us on special teams and compete to be one of our core guys.”

Burkhead will have to block, catch the ball off playaction and turn quickly upfield. I’ve written before that Burkhead’s biggest talent as a back was his ability to get three yards when a team needs two. He’ll need to exploit that talent in Cincy.

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