The Philadelphia Eagles are absolutely stacked at the tight end position, owning one of the league’s most reliable targets in Brent Celek, an up and coming prospect in Zach Ertz and a very versatile H-Back in James Casey. But Philadelphia, more specifically HC Chip Kelly, who covets players who are athletic and versatile, decided to sign an undrafted rookie TE in former Florida Gator Trey Burton.
Burton, who saw time as a QB, RB, FB, TE and WR in college, has an incredibly gifted skill set for Philadelphia’s offense if he can work his way onto the roster. At 6-foot-2, 224-pounds, Burton is a bit undersized for the tight end position and will need to bulk himself up to the 240-pound area if he wishes to be successful. But his 4.6 speed makes him a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses.
Burton is a natural “hands catcher” meaning he has strong hands and fights for the football while it is in the air. He was one of the best overall athletes in this past year’s draft class and has the classic size to be that “joker tight end” teams covet.
Burton, although a great athlete, does lack strength and is not the best blocker, which could hold him back during his first few seasons in the league. He will also need to work on his quickness and explosion, along with his route running.
That being said, Burton’s skill set is something that Kelly surely covets as he can be used as a TE, RB, WR, FB/H-Back and even as a Wildcat QB, which is something Burton did during his collegiate career. Burton is a high character kid and has a very high football IQ.
Burton’s biggest task will be proving his worth to Kelly and Co., which he can do by beating Casey during camp for his role as the team’s top H-Back weapon in the offense. If Burton can do so, he could be making quite the impact from time to time this season for QB Nick Foles. If not, expect Philadelphia to attempt to stash Burton on their practice squad as a developmental project for the future.