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Burton Scores Eagles' 11th Return TD



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eagles registered their 11th non-offensive touchdown of the season in the third quarter when tight end James Casey blocked his second punt of the season which was recovered by fellow tight end Trey Burton and returned 27 yards for a touchdown.

The score put the Eagles ahead 24-16 with 12:21 left in the third quarter.

"You never know who's going to come free on the punt block like that. It's rare that somebody comes free, but Coach (Dave) Fipp does a great job of scheming the other team's punt protection and getting guys free. And he always talks about you've got to expect that you're going to come free. It doesn't happen a lot, but when it does happen, you've got to be ready," Casey said.

"You see it around the league when you're watching film, sometimes guys do come free but they're maybe a half-step behind. When you go in there, you expect to get it, and you've got really good guys around you that are putting pressure on their punt team, they can forget about me a couple of times."

Burton became the 10th Eagle to score on a return this season, which is an NFL record. The 11 return touchdowns are a franchise record and tied for the third most in league history. The Eagles have scored a team-record three touchdowns on blocked punt returns this season - one by Brad Smith in San Francisco (that was blocked by Burton), one by Chris Maragos against the Rams and the one Sunday by Burton, a rookie free agent out of Florida.

"We talk about the emphasis of special teams and it's huge in this league," head coach Chip Kelly said. "I felt that came in it was going to be a huge emphasis for us. To have 10 different guys score for us on returns ... Trey has been a guy who came in here, he was an undrafted free agent - unique kid, real mature, never really acted like a rookie from day one and for all those guys. James Casey had a big block on it. There are a bunch of guys there that really understand what we want to get accomplished from a special teams standpoint. I think that gives us an advantage all year long."

Casey's first blocked punt this season resulted in Maragos' touchdown against St. Louis. Casey, who entered the game ranked second on the team with 12 special teams tackles, followed up the blocked punt with a tackle on the ensuing kickoff return.

The Eagles set another franchise record on Sunday as Donnie Jones landed his 34th punt inside the 20-yard line.

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