Burton threw a one-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's 41-33 win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl, and failed to reel in the only pass thrown his way. A passing touchdown certainly is surprising, but it's good to know Burton has that in his back pocket. While the 26-year-old caught a career-high five touchdowns during the regular season, he actually saw one fewer red-zone target in 2017 than he did the season prior. His 248 yards receiving while catching 23 of 31 targets all represent regression from 2016 as well. The soon-to-be fifth-year pro will now become an unrestricted free agent and will need to find somewhere to play outside of an elite tight end's shadow if the former Gator is to have much fantasy value next season.
Burton hauled in both of his targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-29 win over the Giants. Though Burton was able to reach the end zone for the second game in a row, he unsurprisingly saw his workload take a significant hit with the return of starting tight end Zach Ertz from a one-game absence. Burton played just 11 of the Eagles' 68 offensive snaps Sunday, a stark decline from the 48 of 91 snaps (52.7 percent) he received in the Week 14 win over the Rams. So long as Ertz stays healthy over the final two regular-season contests, Burton isn't likely to see a dramatic spike in his usage, but he should remain a red-zone factor and short-yardage target when he's on the field.
Burton caught five of six targets for 71 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 43-35 win over the Rams. Burton stepped up in the absence of Zach Ertz (concussion), finishing second on the team in receiving yardage and scoring touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the first half. The fourth-year pro also experienced an uptick in production after Ertz left last weeks game and appears to be the direct beneficiary of the latter's absence. Burton's outlook for next week's game against the Giants is somewhat murky at the moment, given the possibility that his aforementioned teammate could return and Nick Foles could be under center.
Burton (back) wasn't spotted at Friday's practice and is expected to be a game-time decision Sunday against the Bears, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Burton was a limited practice participant Wednesday, but he's trending in the wrong direction after finishing the week with back-to-back absences. Eagles coach Doug Pederson nonetheless views his No. 3 tight end as a game-time decision, and the team hasn't yet bothered to sign a replacement. Burton only played 11 snaps on offense in last week's blowout win of the Cowboys, falling behind both Zach Ertz (60) and Brent Celek (23). Burton's absence might actually be a bigger loss on special teams, where he's logged at least 16 snaps in every game this season.
Burton was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a back injury. Burton ranked third among Eagles tight ends in offensive snaps (13) in the team's Week 11 win over the Cowboys, with Zach Ertz (60) and Brent Celek (23) both seeing more action. It appears Burton's back may have presented complications despite the light workload, though his participation in practice Wednesday still makes it likely he'll be good to go for Sunday's matchup with the Bears.
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