Burton caught one pass for nine yards in Thursday's win over the Panthers. He played just 13 snaps, a pretty standard week for him. The third-string tight end has yet to be targeted more than twice or see more than 19 offensive snaps in any game this season. He continues to be the fallback option in the receiving game for Zach Ertz.
Burton caught both of his targets for 16 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Burton still has yet to play more than 19 offensive snaps this season, but he made his opportunities count Sunday. While it was surmised in the preseason that he might pass Brent Celek for second on the Eagles' tight-end depth chart, the fourth-year pro has yet to do so, as Celek saw 26 snaps in Week 5. Of course, neither Burton nor Celek is a reliable fantasy option unless something happens to Zach Ertz.
Burton caught his lone target for a 10-yard gain in Sunday's 27-20 loss to Kansas City. Like Week 1, Burton saw the field for just 14 plays on Sunday, three fewer than second-string tight end Brent Celek. Burton didn't get his catch until the last drive of the game, which set up an Eagles touchdown that came too late to matter much in the grand scheme of things. With Celek and Zach Ertz ahead of him, it's hard to see Burton getting much action unless injuries strike the team.
With the trade of Jordan Matthews to Buffalo, Burton has been talked about as a possibility to play the slot, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Nelson Agholor is the front-runner to step up and start in the slot, but should he disappoint again, Burton and rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins have been discussed as options. Carson Wentz praised Burton on Tuesday, saying he thought he could really trust the fourth-year TE. With that kind of endorsement from one's QB, Burton could be poised for a larger role in the Eagles' offense this season no matter what specific role he fills.
Burton signed his one-year, $2.8 million tender on Monday, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Burton had his best season as a pro in 2016, catching 37 passes for 327 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles third option at tight end. He'll remain firmly behind Zach Ertz on the depth chart but he could once again see an expanded role in the offense in 2017.
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