With Ertz Injured, Trey Burton Could be in Line for Bigger Role vs Bears
With the announcement today that Eagles tight end Zach Ertz could miss the Bears game and is week-to-week dealing with a "rib displacement" near his collarbone - could we see more of Trey Burton in the Eagles game-plan this week?
Burton suffered a calf injury in practice last week, and missed the Browns game, but could be in line for some major playing time if Ertz can't go - which seems likely
"Probably going to have to be cleared," Pederson said about Ertz.
"It's a dangerous situation with a displaced bone. You are talking up around the neck and head area, so any type of blow again could do further damage to that. That's why it's a week-to-week deal to see how it heals and recovers."
If Burton gets his chance, he could be a big part of the offense, Ertz caught 6-of-7 targets for 58 yards in the Eagles' Week 1 win over the Browns and Burton could be in line to pick up those targets this week against the Bears.
"I think he'll take advantage of the opportunity," Barrett Brooks of Eagles pre and post-game live on Comcast Sports Net said. "He's a faster guy than Ertz, he's more athletic than Ertz, he just doesn't have the size that Ertz has."
Burton was a standout during training camp, and many team evaluators wondered how they would incorporate him into the offense that is crowded at the tight end position.
However, with Ertz potentially out, Burton might get his chance to show what he can do. The athletic tight end showed flashes in the teams third preseason game when he caught Burton caught 5-of-5 targets for 35 yards and a touchdown.
If he excels, the Eagles could have a very interesting situation moving forward with Ertz and Burton, along with Celek, giving the Eagles some good possibilities in the passing game.
"Ertz is a more complete player," Brooks explained. "But I'll tell you what, Trey Burton gives them the opportunity to do a lot of stuff - he brings a lot of different options to the game."