PLAYER
Michael Burton
FB #46
Height:
6-0
Weight:
247
College:
Rutgers
Hometown:
Long Valley, NJ
Experience:
2
Rushing
YearTeamGAttAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDLng1st1st%20+40+FUM
TOTAL 44 6 0.1 9 1.5 0.2 0 7 2 33.3 0 0 0
2017 CHI 13 2 0.2 7 3.5 0.5 0 7 1 50 0 0 0
2016 DET 15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 DET 16 4 0.3 2 0.5 0.1 0 2 1 25 0 0 0
Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 44 7 47 6.7 1.1 12 1 0 0 3 0
2017 CHI 13 1 8 8 0.6 8 0 0 0 0 0
2016 DET 15 0 0 -- -- -- 0 0 0 0 0
2015 DET 16 6 39 6.5 2.4 12 1 0 0 3 0
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 44 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2017 CHI 13 1 0 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2016 DET 15 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2015 DET 16 4 3 1 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

Bruising fullback who joined the Lions in 2015 as the first of the position to be drafted by the team since FB Jerome Felton in 2008 following a successful college career at Rutgers.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (168th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

PRO
Bruising fullback who joined the Lions in 2015 as the first of the position to be drafted by the team since FB Jerome Felton in 2008 following a successful college career at Rutgers.

2016: Helped block for three of five total touchdowns in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11) including three by Lions running backs.

  • Helped the offense rush for a total of 137 yards in Week 2 against Tennessee (9/18).
  • Appeared in the backfield as an extra blocker. Helped the offense pass for three touchdowns in the first half against the Eagles (10/9).
  • Contributed on special teams and offense in Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16). Helped teammate RB Zach Zenner rush for a career-high 58 rushing yards.
  • Saw action on special teams and in the backfield in a Week 9 victory at Minnesota, helping the offense gain a total of 311 yards (11/6).
  • Part of an offensive backfield that rushed for 114 yards against the Bears in Week 14, including 87 total rushing yards in the second half (12/11).

2015: Started at fullback in his NFL rookie debut in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13).

  • Received his first career carry, which went for two yards and a first down, in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20).
  • Started at fullback in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27).
  • Caught his first career pass for three yards in Week 4 at Seattle (10/5). Also had one carry for zero yards.
  • Started in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11) and caught one pass for six yards.
  • Paved the way for the running backs as the team ran for a season-high 155 yards in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18).
  • Carried the ball one time for no gain in Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25).
  • Rushed one time for no gain in Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15).
  • Saw action at fullback and paved the way for the running backs as they rushed for 109 yards in Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22).
  • Played in his first Thanksgiving Day game and helped block for rookie RB Ameer Abdullah as he set career-highs for rush attempts (16) and rushing yards (63) in Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/26).
  • Recorded one special teams tackle in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3).
  • Caught one pass for 12 yards in Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13).
  • Caught a career-high two passes for 10 yards, including his first career touchdown, in Week 15 at New Orleans (12/21).
  • Saw action at fullback and on special teams in Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27).

COLLEGE
Entered the college football ranks as a walk-on in 2010 and was redshirted his freshman year before emerging as a force in the Scarlet Knights backfield. Played in 42 career games (27 starts) and finished with 22 carries for 116 yards, as well as 47 receptions for 401 yards and three touchdowns.

2014: Carried the Rutgers ground attack as the lead backfield blocker as he appeared in all 13 games (10 starts), hauling in at least one catch in 11 of the 13 games. Earned the Paul Robeson Award as a senior, which is presented annually to an individual whose performance, leadership and dedication on and off the field during his career has had the greatest impact on Rutgers football.

  • Was one of 27 players in the Rutgers program to be named to the Big Ten All-Academic Team in 2014.
  • Helped the offense rush for 340 yards in the Quick Lane Bowl victory over North Carolina in Detroit (12/26), the highest rushing total for Rutgers since 2007. Also converted a fake punt in the game.
  • Blocked for an offense that racked up 284 rushing yards against Navy, including a key block on a fourth-down run that led to a touchdown.
  • Collected two receptions in Senior Day win over Indiana (11/15).

2013: Started 10 of the 13 games he saw action in and ended the year with 61 rushing yards and 149 receiving yards, including two touchdowns.

  • Hauled in touchdown passes against South Florida (12/7) and Temple (11/2).
  • Rushed twice and registered two receptions in home opener start against Norfolk State (9/7).
  • Named to the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Football Team.

2012: Earned starts at fullback in the first four games of the season before suffering a season-ending leg injury in the win at Arkansas (9/22).

2011: Worked his way into the starting lineup in three of the final four games of 2011 after moving from running back to fullback during spring drills.

  • Saw his first-career carry vs. West Virginia, totaling 13 yards on three attempts.
  • Scored his first-career touchdown as a Scarlet Knight in the first start of his career in the 27-12 win at Army (11/12).

2010: Redshirted in 2010.

PERSONAL
Four-year starter for head coach Kevin Hennelly at West Morris Central (N.J.) High School. Named first-team all-state, all-group III and Morris County Player of the Year by the Star-Ledger. Set 10 school season records and career records, including a school single-season record 1,769 yards on 200 carries and 20 touchdowns as a senior.

  • Owns his high school’s career rushing mark with 3,332 yards, as well as single-season all-purpose yards (2,376) and career all-purpose yards (4,498).
  • Father, Peter, was a standout running back at Susquehanna University and sister, Lyndsay, was a women’s basketball All-America selection in 2010 at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Majored in communications at Rutgers.

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