During the early part of Training Camp this year, the Eagles' coaching staff made it clear that they’ll be attempting to utilize Trey Burton not only on special teams, but he should expect an increased role at tight end.
“Trey's done a really good job coming into camp and got himself ready to go,” head coach Doug Pederson said. “He had a good offseason, had a good 10 weeks in the spring. He's a guy that we're going to have to rely on a little bit. I love the fact that we have depth at the tight end position and (we can) move him around a little bit and create some matchups. That's what you want out of guys like that. He's a versatile role player in that situation, and he's done a nice job.”
Burton went into this year's Training Camp with a firm understanding of what he needed to do to get more snaps on offense. He's not satisfied with his performance.
“I think I’ve played all right,” Burton said. “I really want to play some time on offense this year, so there are some things I need to get better at in order to earn a spot to play.”
It's hard to imagine where Burton could fit in with the Birds already having Zach Ertz and Brent Celek at TE. It looks like the team could move him around based on Pederson's comments and that perhaps indicates he'll act more like an H-back. The Eagles don't have a lot of proven weapons, esp. at WR, so this may be a way to just try to find another option, perhaps especially in the red zone.