Burton hauled on his only target for seven yards in Sunday's loss to the Redskins.
With Zach Ertz now fully back, Burton saw only nine offensive snaps to Ertz's 46. Burton saw 70-percent of the Eagles' special teams snaps, which points to a diminished role on offense. He simply isn't on the fantasy radar with Ertz seeing such a dominant share of snaps at tight end.
Burton hauled in two of six passes for 19 yards during Sunday's win against the Steelers.
Inactive in Week 1, Burton has taken on an increased role the past two games in Zach Ertz's (rib) absence, totaling seven catches (on 13 targets) for 68 yards and one touchdown during that stretch. The Eagles' bye week has arrived, though, and head coach Doug Pederson told NJ.com on Monday that he expects Ertz to be available in their next contest at Detroit on Oct. 9. If Ertz is indeed cleared to suit up, Burton could again find himself on the inactive list.
Burton caught five passes on seven targets for 49 yards and a touchdown while Ertz was sidelined Monday against the Bears, and stands to have ample opportunity to make a fantasy impact once again this weekend. Although Sunday's matchup against the Steelers poses Philadelphia's biggest test yet, coach Doug Pederson expressed his confidence in Burton, saying, "what he showed us all offseason put him in a position where when Zach went down, he wasn't just going to fill in, we are going to go to him." While veteran tight end Brent Celek should see his usual complement of snaps Sunday, Burton has far more upside as a pass catcher, as Celek has just one reception for 11 yards this season.
Burton left Monday's game against Chicago in the fourth quarter due to muscle cramps.
While officially considered questionable to return, Burton probably wouldn't have re-entered even if he was fine, as the Eagles were merely running out the clock with a comfortable lead. Prior to his exit, Burton took full advantage of Zach Ertz's (ribs) absence, catching five passes for 49 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. Brent Celek got the start and played the majority of offensive snaps, but he only drew one target while spending most of his night blocking. Assuming Monday's injury is nothing more than cramping, Burton should serve as Philadelphia's primary pass-catching tight end until Ertz returns.
With teammate Zach Ertz (ribs/shoulder) unlikely to play,
Valued primarily for his work on special teams, Burton has just three catches in 31 career regular-season appearances. Nonetheless, he could draw some targets Monday night, as Ertz's likely absence leaves a major hole in the Philadelphia offense. No. 2 tight end Brent Celek is best known for his blocking and already has a significant role, which means Burton may be asked to do a lot of the things normally assigned to Ertz.
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