NO ERTZ, NO BIGGIE! EAGLES CONFIDENT IN BACK-UP TE TREY BURTON

By Peter Gleason

No Zach Ertz, no biggie!

Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich made it clear today that he has confidence in backup tight end Trey Burton as a replacement for the injured Ertz, and that he could be a big part of the game plan this Sunday vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers:

“Trey did exactly what we thought he was going to do — make some plays. What he showed us all offseason put him in a position where when Zach went down, he wasn’t just going to fill in, we are going to go in him.”

The Eagles went to Burton last Monday, as the tight end finished with five catches for 49 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears, the first game this season he was active after missing Week 1 with a hamstring injury.

Burton could have had two touchdowns, but quarterback Carson Wentz just missed him in the back of the end zone on a play that should have been completed.

Despite the play falling incomplete, Wentz went back to Burton later him the game, hitting him on a screen-play in the fourth quarter for what turned into an easy touchdown — the first of Burton’s career.

“Carson has a ton of confidence in him,” Reich said.

The Eagles will once again be featuring Burton, as it is very unlikely that Ertz will play. Although veteran Brent Celek will likely see more playing time than Burton, he is the not receiving threat that the third-year player is, which means that Burton will likely be running the routes that Ertz would have if he wasn’t injured.

“We’ll balance it out,” Reich said. “We feel like we have a good stable of guys. The way it is in the NFL, it spreads around.”

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