Trey Burton had his breakout game as a Chicago Bear in Week 7’s loss to the New England Patriots. He registered nine catches for 126 yards and a touchdown by creating consistent separation from Patriots defenders, proving why GM Ryan Pace made him a top priority in the offseason.
But just how good can Burton be? Is he on the level of players like Travis Kelce and Rob Gronkowski from an offensive weapon standpoint?
Not yet, writes Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman.
Bears tight end Trey Burton always had the potential to be one of the NFL’s great tight ends. We’re now starting to see it . . . He is fast, is an excellent route-runner and can catch almost anything . . . He’s not on the same level as Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce or Zach Ertz. But he’s getting there.
Burton was everything the Bears hoped he’d be last Sunday and he’s building a special chemistry with second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who targeted Burton 11 times against the Patriots.
Burton played second-fiddle to Zach Ertz during his tenure in Philadelphia but was productive any time he had a chance to play. He scored five touchdowns on only 23 receptions in 2017 and was considered a potential star if he could find his way to a team that needed a starter.
Only six games into this season, Burton is just two yards shy of setting a new career high in receiving and is one touchdown short of his career-best, too. He’s on pace for 867 yards and 11 touchdowns, numbers that would certainly vault him into the elite tight end category.
Burton was signed to a four-year, $32 million deal in March. He’s earning every penny.
Maybe Jon Gruden knows what he’s doing after all
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