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Trey Burton Notches First Touchdown Grab

Posted Sep 19, 2016

CHICAGO – When tight end Zach Ertz was ruled out by head coach Doug Pederson on Friday, the spotlight immediately turned to Trey Burton. Primarily a special teams player over his first two seasons, Burton was called upon to step up on offense for the Eagles on Monday night, and that’s exactly what he did, catching five passes for 49 yards and notching his first career NFL receiving touchdown.

“Great block by (Brent) Celek and (Matt) Tobin,” Burton said about the 2-yard scoring play. “They did an unbelievable job and I basically just walked in, but it’s great man. It was something I was looking forward to and just dreaming about and mentally preparing for all day long and all week long, really.”

Burton was inactive for the Eagles’ Week 1 win over Cleveland due to a calf injury, but with Ertz dealing with a rib displacement, the former Florida Gator knew that he’d have his number called on Monday night.

“I figured I’d play a little bit, but you never know how the game goes and what packages and plays coach is going to call,” Burton said. “Ertz wasn’t here and you see him all the time making plays, so someone had to step up and that’s what I had to do.”

Burton’s big offensive performance was a carryover from all the work he’s put in during summer and the early parts of the fall. He’s made play after play on the practice field, and he knows that Monday’s game is just another step toward becoming the complete player that he wants to be.

“I think I did all right, but I think there are a lot of things I need to continue to improve to have a solid role in the offense," said Burton, who previously scored a touchdown on a blocked punt return as a rookie in 2014. "I think we played well at points, but there were other times where we had penalties and things that we have to get fixed, but overall I thought we did pretty good.

“It’s hard to win in the NFL. Everybody knows that. We’re just happy with where we’re at right now.”

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