Michael Burton
Burton with the Bears in 2018
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-02-01) February 1, 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth: Long Valley, New Jersey
Career information
College: Rutgers
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 168
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2015 2016)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing yards     11
Rushing average     1.4
Rushing touchdowns     0
Receptions     9
Receiving yards     53
Receiving touchdowns     1

Michael Burton (born February 1, 1992) is an American football fullback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Rutgers.

Early yearsEdit

Burton attended and played high school football West Morris Central High School in Washington Township, New Jersey.[1]

College careerEdit

Burton played college football at Rutgers from 2011 to 2014.[2] In the 2011 season, he had 10 carries for 44 rushing yards to go along with 10 receptions for 68 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.[3] In the 2012 season, he had three receptions for 34 receiving yards in four games.[4] In the 2013 season, he had 19 receptions for 149 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.[5] In his final collegiate season in 2014, he had 15 receptions for 150 receiving yards.[6]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11 in 242 lb 4.74 s 1.65 s 2.75 s 4.34 s 7.20 s 33 in 09 ft 07 in 25 rep

Detroit LionsEdit

Burton was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (168th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[8]

On May 12, 2015, the Detroit Lions signed Burton to a four-year, $2.46 million contract with a signing bonus of $184,356.[9]

He entered training camp competing with Emil Igwenagu to be the Detroit Lions' starting fullback. He won the job and was named their starting fullback to begin the regular season.[10] He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Lions' season-opener against the San Diego Chargers.[11] The next game, Burton had his first career carry for a two-yard gain in a 16–26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.[12] On October 5, 2015, he made his first career catch on a three-yard pass from Matt Stafford and finished the 10–13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks with one carry for no yards and one catch for three yards.[13] On December 21, 2015, Burton caught his first career touchdown on a four-yard pass from Stafford and finished the 35–27 win over the New Orleans Saints with two receptions for ten yards and one touchdown.[14]

He finished his rookie season with four carries for two rushing yards and six receptions for 39 receiving yards and a touchdown, while starting seven games and appearing in all 16.[15][16]

Burton entered his second season as the Lions' de facto starter at fullback. Although he appeared in 15 games, he wasn't credited with an official start in any of them and also did not receive any carries or receptions throughout his second year.[15][17]

On May 30, 2017, Burton was waived by the Lions.[18]

Chicago BearsEdit

On May 31, 2017, Burton was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears.[19]

On September 10, 2017, in his Bears debut, Burton had one rush for seven yards in the 23–17 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field.[20] On the 2017 season, he had four carries for nine rushing yards to go along with two receptions for eight receiving yards.[21]

In 2018, Burton played in eight games with one start, mostly working as a blocking back.[22]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

On May 13, 2019, Burton signed with the New Orleans Saints.[23]


  1. "Former Rutgers FB Michael Burton returns home to host 1st football camp" (in en-US).
  2. "Michael Burton College Stats" (in en).
  3. "Michael Burton 2011 Game Log" (in en).
  4. "Michael Burton 2012 Game Log" (in en).
  5. "Michael Burton 2013 Game Log" (in en).
  6. "Michael Burton 2014 Game Log" (in en).
  7. "Michael Burton | Rutgers, FB : 2015 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  8. "2015 NFL Draft Listing" (in en).
  9. "Long Valley's Burton inks four-year deal worth $2.46 million with Detroit".
  10. " Detroit Lion's Depth Chart: 08/31/2015".
  11. "Detroit Lions at San Diego Chargers - September 13th, 2015" (in en).
  12. "Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - September 20th, 2015" (in en).
  13. "Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks - October 5th, 2015" (in en).
  14. "Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints - December 21st, 2015" (in en).
  15. 15.0 15.1 "NFL Player Profile: Michael Burton".
  16. "Michael Burton 2015 Game Log" (in en).
  17. "Michael Burton 2016 Game Log" (in en).
  18. "Lions sign free agents RB Matt Asiata and G Connor Bozick". May 30, 2017.
  19. Mayer, Larry (May 31, 2017). "Bears add FB Burton, waive TE House".
  20. "Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears - September 10th, 2017". Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  21. "Michael Burton 2017 Game Log" (in en).
  22. Mayer, Larry (February 5, 2019). "Bears 2018 position review: Running back". Chicago Bears. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  23. "Saints Announce Roster Moves Following Rookie Minicamp". May 13, 2019.


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