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Same Old Rex in Cincinnati

Well that didn’t take long. If you’ve been missing some glowing comments about Rex Burkhead this fall camp, this should help.

Geoff Hobson, editor of Bengals.com, has an update on Cincinnati’s race to make the roster at running back and, as Nebraska fans have come to expect, it includes some very complimentary comments about Burkhead:

Burkhead isn’t getting the play in Hard Knocks that Bernard is getting. And the anonymous camp seems just fine with him after an offseason he became one of the more recognizable faces in sport because of his fight to raise the awareness of pediatric brain cancer with his good friend Jack Hoffman.

Bernard is taking heat for driving the minivan of his girlfriend’s mother. Meanwhile, Burkhead is going to be quietly tooling around Cincinnati in his 2010 Mazda. His dad, Rick Burkhead, drove it from their Texas home and stopped in Atlanta for the game to see Rex pound it nine times for 52 yards. Then he finished off the journey in time to watch practice Saturday.

“He’s reliable. He’s always in the right spot,” quarterback Andy Dalton said of Rex Burkhead. “He knows what he’s doing. He gets the tough yardage. It’s fun to watch him.”

Reliable and fun to watch. Sounds about right.

Burkhead is competing with starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard (the first back taken in the 2013 draft), four-year NFL veteran Cedric Peerman, and former Ohio State running back Daniel “Boom” Herron.

“It’s the NFL. You expect competition and a lot of people. You compete every single day just trying to get better,” Burkhead told Bengals.com.

In his first preseason game, a 34-10 win over Atlanta, Burkhead led all running backs with 54 yards rushing and was second on the team with nine carries.

The Bengals next preseason game is Saturday at home against Tennessee.