August 7, 2015 |
Coach Derek Lewis knew that Trey Burton could excel at tight end for Florida, but in 2010 he couldn't persuade the freshman to trade six spots for one. Burton shuffled from wide receiver to running back to fullback to slot receiver to stand-up tight end, and even started at quarterback against Florida State. Against Kentucky, Burton set a school record with six touchdowns, five on the ground and one in the air. As the only first-year starter that season, he led Florida with 12 touchdowns, more than a fourth of the team's season total.
August 6, 2015 |
IF THIS WERE just about the pass-catching skills of Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, there would not be an issue. It's basically agreed that Ertz has the hands, speed and route-running techniques to be an impact player in the NFL. Yesterday, at the Eagles' open training session at Lincoln Financial Field, Ertz made a couple of catches that elicited cheers from fans getting their first look at the 2015 Birds. Still, there is a reason why, entering his third NFL season, Ertz has yet to have the breakout year that's been predicted since he was drafted in the second round in 2013 out of Stanford University.
June 17, 2014 |
ONCE THE SEVENTH and final round of the NFL draft concludes each spring, it's typically interesting to learn which undrafted free agents the Eagles are bringing in for training camp. There's usually a good story or two among them, perhaps a kicker with a unique nickname or a former star running back who overcame extreme medical odds to earn a pro contract. But of the 15 undrafted rookies the Eagles signed after last month's draft, there is perhaps none a more intriguing prospect in Chip Kelly's system than Trey Burton, the multifaceted tight end from the University of Florida.
September 7, 2014 |
The draft had just ended, and Trey Burton was fielding calls like most of the rookies who just missed out on being selected. He knew the Eagles were interested. The feeling was mutual. But the post-draft scramble for undrafted rookies is a free-for-all, and while Burton's multiposition four years at Florida might have lowered his draft stock, it would certainly make him an appealing addition to any training camp. The Eagles had more in mind than just a camp body, though, and Burton envisioned as much, because of his familiarity with Chip Kelly's offense.
October 12, 1987 |
It was last fall, on the trip back to West Chester from his official recruiting visit to the University of Pittsburgh, that Eric Seaman almost caused a major pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. His mother, Barbara, was asleep in the back seat. His father, Norton, was concentrating on the monotonous stretch of highway when Eric asked what Norton thought of Pitt. "I liked it," said Norton Seaman cautiously. "So did I," said Eric. "That's where I'm going. " "Dad was so excited," recalled Eric Seaman, "that he almost drove off the road.
April 27, 2013
Day 1 LANE JOHNSON First round, fourth overall Position: Tackle College: Oklahoma Size: 6-foot-6, 303 pounds Hometown: Groveton, Texas Skinny: A former high school and junior college quarterback, Johnson moved to tackle only two years ago. He played both left and right tackle for the Sooners and said he is comfortable on either side. But he is likely to be the starter at right tackle. He started at tackle his final two college games then rose up the draft chart after the Senior Bowl and the combine.
January 19, 1987 |
In the end, the University of Pittsburgh won out. After visiting the school Jan. 10 and 11, West Chester East football star Eric Seaman made a verbal commitment to attend. Under college rules, he is allowed to sign a letter of intent after Feb. 11. Seaman, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end and defensive end for the Vikings, was named to The Inquirer's all-area team for the season. Although he had visited Notre Dame and was scheduled to visit Syracuse and Rutgers, Seaman said that the minute he stepped on Pitt's campus, he knew it would be his choice.
August 14, 2013 |
IF CLAY HARBOR weren't such a positive, upbeat guy, he might think the Eagles were trying to tell him something. Something not very good. The fourth-year tight end caught a career-high 25 passes last season, then watched as the team added not one, but two highly touted tight ends in the offseason - free agent James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz. Then, during OTAs in May, the coaches asked Harbor to take some reps at outside linebacker. The experiment lasted only a day, and coach Chip Kelly said it was nothing more than food for thought in the event of an emergency, but still.
September 18, 1988 |
Haddon Township football coach Bill Hoover hopes his team will turn the corner to respectability this season. After finishing with a 3-5-1 record last season in the Colonial Conference - Haddon Township's fifth straight year without a winning season - Hoover is looking for his Hawks to reach the .500 level this season. Haddon Township had six straight winning seasons between 1977 and 1982. But only a 4-4-1 record in 1986 has relieved the string of losing seasons in recent years.
August 28, 2014 |
THE GUY WHO is going to make you forget about DeSean Jackson this season isn't Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper or even rookie Jordan Matthews. The guy who is going to make you forget about Jackson isn't even a wide receiver. He's a tight end. He's Zach Ertz. He's not Jimmy Graham. Yet. He'a not Jason Witten or Rob Gronkowski. Yet. And while you might think I'm jumping the gun mentioning somebody who has played only 459 NFL snaps in the same breath with three of the most dangerous pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, Ertz has that kind of ability, that kind of upside.