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An Eagles, Trey Burton reunion makes too much sense

17 April 2020 Eagles News


Just like that, a familiar face is back on the free agent market. The Chicago Bears have decided to release tight end, Trey Burton.

Burton moved to Chicago after a successful year with the Eagles in 2017. Known for being one of their tight ends and not THE tight end, Burton was signed with the expectation in an expanded role he’d thrive.

Injuries and lack of production were at fault for his release with Chicago. He never really got a good footing in the Bears offense. However, that doesn’t mean he’d not be able to come back and succeed.

Throw back to 2017, Burton caught 23 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns. Although those statistics do not seem to great, he was a bigger contributor than you think.

The Eagles are known for the use of the tight end position. Using a 12 personnel package, the Eagles like to create mismatches with their tight ends and get them the ball. When Burton was with the Eagles, it was no different. The trio of him, Zach Ertz and Brent Celek was a major reason why the Eagles had so much offensive success.

Burton still has a lot left in the tank. Without the pressure of becoming a legit  pass catching tight end could benefit him. He’ll go back to playing football and having fun. Moving back to the Eagles is absolutely the right move for him.

For the Eagles, it makes perfect sense too. They’ve got little production and use out of Richard Rodgers these last two years. Burton takes his job and runs with it. In 12 personnel 54% of the time, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to thrive back where he belongs.

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