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Trey Burton, Brent Celek Step Up With Zach Ertz Out At TE

Posted Dec 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Zach Ertz tried to get himself right for Sunday’s game against the Rams, taking part in the pregame warmups, hoping to feel right after suffering a concussion a week earlier in Seattle. It didn’t happen, as Ertz was declared inactive 90 minutes before kickoff.

But as happened when the Eagles played Denver last month at Lincoln Financial Field and Ertz was out with a hamstring injury, Brent Celek and Trey Burton filled in beautifully.

The two combined for three touchdown receptions in the first half as the Eagles converted their first three chances in the red zone.

"It wasn't anything we saw from the Rams, we just had opportunities to make plays and we did," said Burton, who finished with four receptions for 55 yards and the pair of scores. "We would have loved to have had Zach out there but he wasn't able to go, so Brent and I stepped in. That's what we do here."

Celek struck first, catching a pass in the flat and reaching the right corner of the end zone to complete the 5-yard touchdown play. It was Wentz’s second shot to Celek on the drive, as Celek drew a pass interference penalty against Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree to set up the offense at the Los Angeles 1-yard line.

The touchdown grab was Celek’s first since 2015, the November 26 loss in Detroit, to be exact.

Then it was Burton’s turn. He and Wentz hooked up on a 20-yard touchdown pass as Wentz threw the ball to Burton, who was double covered. Burton made the catch in the end zone to give the Eagles a 14-7 advantage.

Later in the half, it was Burton again from Wentz on a jump-ball throw as Burton broke open, and he caught the ball in the end zone for the score.

The tight ends, Ertz included, have 85 catches for 977 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.

"We all have been in the offense for a long time and we all know that we can make plays when we are called upon to do so," Burton said. "We all have confidence in each other."

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