September 3, 2015 |
When the Eagles released James Casey, who served as a third tight end in addition to special-teams duties in 2014, Trey Burton knew there was a chance for him to seize that role - if he could, and if it still existed. Neither of those things was guaranteed. "This season was a little different mind-set for me," said Burton, who was a rookie last season and became a dependable, if unsung, special-teams performer. "It's all about not feeling complacent. I definitely want to make an impact on this team both offensively and special teams-wise.
September 1, 2015 |
GREEN BAY - As an undrafted rookie last year, Trey Burton showed he could be indispensable on special teams, both blocking a punt that was recovered for a touchdown and recovering a blocked punt for a touchdown. This year, Burton wants to prove he can be an important asset at tight end. He took a step in that direction Saturday night at Lambeau Field, notching a pair of touchdown passes among his four catches for 21 yards. "With one hand!" quarterback Mark Sanchez said, when asked about Burton's second scoring grab, on which he was far down the progressions, but found an opening in the end zone, over the middle.
August 28, 2015 |
Martellus Bennett, Bears: Led all tight ends with 128 targets and 90 catches. Bears new offensive coordinator Adam Gase comes from Denver where Julius Thomas emerged as a star. Jordan Cameron, Dolphins: Two years removed from an 80-catch, seven-touchdown season. He's healthy after missing six games last year with concussion symptoms. Owen Daniels, Broncos: Ask Julius Thomas (24 TDs last two years) how much fun it is to have Peyton Manning as your quarterback. No such thing as a handcuff for tight ends, but keep an eye on backup Virgil Green.
August 16, 2015 |
WITH ZACH ERTZ sidelined for the entire preseason with a "core muscle" injury that required surgery, the Eagles are left for the remainder of training camp with two healthy returning tight ends, in ninth-year veteran Brent Celek and second-year Florida product Trey Burton. Also in the equation is a trio of undrafted rookies: Eric Tomlinson, Andrew Gleichert and Justin Tukes, who will compete for the fourth-string tight end job. "We have three guys in Celek, Ertz, and Trey that we feel really confident in, but we're really trying to figure out who that fourth guy is," said Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who revealed Ertz' situation yesterday.
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 29, 2015 |
Cheltenham quarterback Brandon Mack isn't sure what position he will play in college, but he knows where he will be playing. Mack, a senior-to-be, made an oral commitment over the weekend to Temple, which also received a commitment from Kareem Gaulden, a defensive back from Lincoln High in Jersey City, N.J. Both players announced their intentions on Twitter, and a person familiar with Temple recruiting confirmed the information. Gaulden and Mack recently attended a Temple football camp.
June 28, 2015 |
Downingtown East senior tight end Cary Angeline, a four-star prospect who was recruited by topflight programs across the country, committed Friday afternoon to play at southern Cal. He took an unofficial visit to the school in April. "I liked pretty much everything about it," the 17-year-old said. "I felt at home on campus, was real comfortable with the coaches and the players. And Los Angeles is a great city. " The 6-foot-7, 230-pounder, the eighth-ranked tight end in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com, chose the Trojans over Alabama, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Penn State, among others.
June 19, 2015 |
CHIP KELLY'S Church of Sports Scientology came into Brent Celek's life just in the nick of time. The tight end was 28 going on 60 when Kelly replaced Andy Reid as the Eagles' head coach two years ago. Six seasons of playing pro football the only way he knows how - pedal to the metal, with no regard for his physical well-being - had taken its toll on his body. "I probably wouldn't be here if not for the type of stuff we do now," he said. "I was starting to break down a little bit and I needed to take care of my body a little bit better.
April 30, 2015 |
During Chip Kelly's first spring with the Eagles, he practiced a wide receiver at defensive back and a tight end at linebacker. He drafted an offensive lineman who converted from quarterback and defensive lineman. He signed a linebacker who played tight end in college and a tight end who played quarterback in college. In two years with the Eagles, Kelly's made clear the value he places on versatility. The Eagles are scheduled to pick eight times during the NFL draft from Thursday to Saturday, and when they're on the clock they will consider what else a player can do besides his listed position.