Burton recorded three receptions on six targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Titans.
Burton continued to out-produce both Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox and was also the Colts' third-most targeted pass-catcher. His production came early on when he delivered a 12-yard reception on the team's first drive to move into the red zone. Three plays later, he hauled in a 12-yard touchdown for his fifth score of the campaign. Philip Rivers continues to spread targets to a wide array of pass-catchers, leaving Burton's volume unreliable on a weekly basis.
Burton had three receptions for 25 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown, on five targets in Sunday's win over Green Bay.
While Burton scored a touchdown, he got less playing time among the team's three tight ends. Burton played on 24 of the offense's 84 snaps while Jack Doyle played on 45 snaps and Mo Alie-Cox played on 43 snaps. However, Burton did have more targets than the other two (Doyle had a TD catch on two targets, and Alie-Cox had two targets). Burton has four touchdowns as a red-zone threat, but it's hard to depend on any tight end's production with all three active in the passing game.
Burton had three receptions for 14 yards on three targets in Thursday's win over Tennessee.
Burton was thought to have a larger role with Jack Doyle out with a concussion, but he played on 37 of the offense's 70 snaps, which has been around the rate he's played each game. Despite starting at TE, he played less snaps and went out on fewer routes than Mo Alie-Cox. Burton did have a red-zone target, however. Indy's usage of the tight ends in the passing game has fluctuated each game, making Burton an unpredictable fantasy option despite scoring three touchdowns in six games.
Burton is expected to handle an increased role at tight end during Thursday's game against the Titans with Jack Doyle (concussion) ruled out for the contest, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Burton has drawn at least four targets in each of the five games he's appeared in this season. With Mo Alie-Cox (knee) also listed as questionable, Burton could have an even clearer path to handling the bulk of the snaps at tight end. At this point, Alie-Cox is probably more likely than not to play, but Doyle's absence should at least create a less messy timeshare between the two available options.
Burton caught one of his four targets for six receiving yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to Baltimore.
Burton had recorded rushing touchdowns in consecutive outings entering Sunday afternoon's matchup, but the Colts elected against handing the tight end another rush attempt against Wink Martindale's defense. The Florida product enjoyed a brief stretch Weeks 5 and 6 in which he racked up nine receptions for 91 yards and one receiving touchdown, but Burton hasn't exceeded 16 receiving yards in any of his other three appearances this season. He may be able to have more of an impact during an upcoming Thursday night game against the Titans, with starting tight end Jack Doyle (concussion) expected to miss the contest.
Burton caught three of four targets for nine yards and scored a two-yard rushing touchdown in Sunday's 41-21 win over the Lions.
Burton is locked in a fierce competition for playing time at tight end with Jack Doyle, who caught a touchdown in this one, and Mo Alie-Cox. While it's hard to predict which of the three will shine as a receiver in any given week, Burton has carved out some value as a goal-line rushing option. For the second time in as many games, Burton's number was called on a direct snap from in close and he converted a short touchdown, so he could continue to be employed as a short-yardage rushing option Week 9 against Baltimore and beyond.
Burton caught four of five targets for 58 yards and a touchdown while adding a one-yard rushing score during Sunday's 31-27 win over the Bengals.
Burton got his team on the board with a one-yard rushing score in the second quarter and scored a 10-yard receiving touchdown just a few minutes later. He finished second on the team in receiving yards while tying for third in receptions and fourth in targets. He's enjoyed a healthy 16 targets through three games this season and will look to continue his ascent in Week 8 against the Lions, though the team's upcoming bye could allow teammate Mo Alie-Cox (knee) to return from an injury.
Burton caught five of six targets for 33 yards during Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Browns.
Burton surprisingly received the second-most targets on the team, and although he managed just 6.6 yards per catch, he clearly had the attention of Philip Rivers. He also received five targets in his season debut a week ago and seems to be carving himself out a role in the offense. Burton will look to continue his ascent next Sunday in a favorable matchup against the Bengals.
Burton had two receptions for 16 yards on five targets in Sunday's win over Chicago.
With injuries at wide receiver -- Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman are on IR -- the Colts utilized three tight ends in the passing game against the Bears. Mo Alie-Cox was a starter in a two-TE set with Jack Doyle. Alie-Cox played 33 of the offense's 72 snaps with Doyle playing 45 snaps and Burton playing 36 snaps. It was encouraging to see Burton lead the trio in targets in his first game back from a calf injury. However, the use of three tight ends in the offense likely limits his upside.
Burton (calf) was activated from injured reserve Saturday and will play in Sunday's game against the Bears.
It'll be interesting to see how the Colts deploy Burton with the emergence of Mo Alie-Cox alongside nominal starter Jack Doyle. A three-headed TE attack isn't out of the question either considering the numerous injuries to Colts pass catchers such as Parris Campbell (knee) and Michael Pittman (leg), but the more likely outcome is Burton simply easing back into the offense after missing the first three weeks of the season. Expect the snap counts to vary for each of the trio week to week.
Coach Frank Reich has not disclosed whether the Colts plan to activate Burton (calf) off IR before Sunday's game against the Bears, Jim Ayello of The Indianapolis Star reports.
The Colts have until Saturday to make the call on Burton, who resumed practicing this week. Even if he is activated, the presence of fellow tight ends Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox likely ensures that Burton can be eased back into the team's pass-catching mix. Down the road, though, he'll look to rekindle the strong chemistry he developed with Philip Rivers during training camp.
Burton (calf) will return to practice Wednesday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Now that Burton is set the practice, the Colts will have a 21-day window to decide whether to add the tight end to their active roster or allow him to revert to IR for the rest of the season. With Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox also in the mix, however, Burton's path to targets out of the gate would be unclear if he does end up being activated by the team.
Coach Frank Reich said Monday that Burton (calf) will be back at practice this week, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
The 28-year-old has been sidelined by a calf injury since late August and was moved to injured reserve ahead of Week 1. Burton is eligible to be activated after spending the three-week minimum on injured reserve, but he may not be game ready for the Week 4 matchup with the Bears after being sidelined for the past month.
The Colts placed Burton (calf) on injured reserve Monday.
Burton sustained a calf injury Aug. 29, after which coach Frank Reich said it's an issue that takes "generally more than two weeks" to recover from. Now more than a week in the future, Burton will be given the rest of the month to get healthy before the Colts can consider activating him from IR. Since he won't suit up until Oct. 4 at Chicago at the earliest, Jack Doyle (neck), Mo Alie-Cox and Noah Togiai will compose the team's options at tight end in the meantime.
Head coach Frank Reich may place Burton (calf) on injured reserve to begin the year, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
The Colts don't expect Burton to play in the first couple of games this year, and with the new IR rules, he could be placed on IR and return after just three weeks. That may be the most practical outcome for the team's roster construction, as it claimed Noah Togiai off waivers to add depth to its tight-end room that now has four occupants. Burton will continue to be evaluated in the upcoming days before the Colts make a final decision, but he's not expected to play in the season opener versus Jacksonville at the very least.
Burton is expected to miss at least the first couple of games of the coming season, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.
With Burton not in the mix to start the season, added targets will be available for Jack Doyle, as well as Mo Alie-Cox and Xavier Grimble to a lesser degree. At this point, Week 3's matchup against the Jets seems to be the soonest we'll see Burton suit up for a game with the Colts.
Burton is still being evaluated, but it sounds like he's probably going to miss some time due to the calf injury he suffered during Saturday's scrimmage, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
With that in mind, coach Frank Reich noted Monday that calf injuries typically "can range in a number of weeks," adding that the team is "still kind of waiting on it to settle down for a day or two to really get a better gauge to how long it may be" for the tight end. Reich went on to say "I can tell you those types of things are generally more than two weeks if you get it and get it good, but we will just have to see how it settles down here over the next couple of days." The bottom line here is that unless Burton's calf issue improves quicker than most, his Week 1 status is uncertain. On the plus side, the Colts welcomed fellow tight end Jack Doyle (neck) back to practice Monday.
Burton will undergo a MRI after suffering a calf injury in Saturday's practice, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Coach Frank Reich seemed to think the injury would only require "a little bit of time" to heal, which seems somewhat sketchy considering Burton is still slated for a MRI, but for now the injury is being classified as a calf strain. Jack Doyle has been participating in practice off and on over the past few weeks due to a neck injury, so the Colts are perilously thin when it comes to quality depth at the TE position.
Burton was removed from Saturday's practice after suffering a lower-body injury, Stephen Holder of The Athletic reports.
The team has yet to reveal what type of injury Burton might have suffered, but he was unable to put any weight on his leg and was helped off the field. The Colts were already without Jack Doyle (neck), who has been missing practices sporadically with a neck injury, leaving just unproven names such as Mo Alie-Cox, Xavier Grimble and Andrew Vollert to shoulder most of the starting TE reps.
Burton acknowledged Tuesday that he'll likely play fewer snaps for the Colts than he did during his two seasons with the Bears, Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni expect Burton to be a significant part of their offense, with the 28-year-old perhaps replacing Jack Doyle in obvious passing situations. Burton handled an 80 percent snap share in 2018 for the Bears before dropping to 57 percent during his injury-plagued 2019 campaign, eventually undergoing hip labrum surgery in December. Burton was held out of Tuesday's practice for maintenance reasons, but since there hasn't been any reports of a setback with his hip, he appears on track for a limited role Week 1 at Jacksonville.
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|5||Sun 10/11||@ CLE||L 23-32||5||33||6.6||10||0|
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