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.
Burton is a key special teams contributor who also caught a career-high 37 passes last season, but it's still highly unlikely any team would be willing to surrender a second-round pick for his services. He thus figures to be back with the Eagles at a salary around $2.8 million -- a number that could be reduced if the two sides work out a long-term extension. Burton is clearly second to Zach Ertz in the team's pecking order at tight end.
Burton caught five of six targets for 39 yards during Sunday's season finale against the Cowboys.
Philadelphia turned to their tight ends to win this game considering it's top two receivers both belonged to the position. However, it was starter Zach Ertz that stole the show -- not Burton -- to the tune of 13 catches for 139 yards and two scores. No matter, Burton still logged season highs across the board in 2016 with 37 catches for 327 yards and one touchdown. While he likely won't enter the 2017 campaign as anything more than second on the depth chart, his fantasy stock is undoubtedly on the rise.
Burton caught two of six targets for two yards in Sunday's loss to Baltimore.
Sunday was a small step back for Burton, who had totaled 12 receptions and 118 yards in the two weeks prior. Still there is a good amount to like. For one, Burton was the third-most targeted Eagle on Sunday and, sans many good options behind Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz, that is likely to continue down the stretch. Secondly, though the former jack-of-all-trades Gator has not scored since Week 2, it hasn't been due to a lack of trying. Burton has been targeted in the red zone four times in the past three games.
|P4||8/31/17||@ NYJ||7:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|6||10/12/17||@ CAR||8:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/19/17||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
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