Five targets. Five receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Indianapolis, more proof that tight end Trey Burton is going to have a featured role in the Eagles' offense this season.
Once an undrafted rookie trying to make the transition from a Do-Everything player at the University of Florida, Burton has accepted coaching from Justin Peelle, has learned from the veterans around him and has become a tight end - whom the Eagles plan to do a lot with - with a lot of upside in the NFL.
"He does so many things well," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "I remember early in the spring I was watching tape of a practice and I saw Trey line up at wide receiver and run a route and he looked so smooth and precise. He was very natural. I couldn't tell at first if it was a wide receiver or a tight end running the route. That's how impressive he was. You can do a lot of things with a player like that."
We had a news story on Burton earlier this summer that stated he would have a role, and based on Saturday night's game against the Colts it appears to be true. Burton, who along with Brent Celek and Zach Ertz give the Eagles the kind of versatile, move-them-anywhere tight ends to use liberally. There will be many times when the Eagles have two tights on the field together this season and there will even be times when all three are in at the same time, forcing defenses to make decisions.