TE Trey Burton - Chicago Bears
|6-2, 224||Born: 10-29-1991||College: Florida||Drafted: ---|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Trey Burton's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs MIN (6 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
This was a very typical game for Trey Burton over the second half of the season. With no Allen Robinson and with Taylor Gabriel leaving the game early, the Bears turned to their tight end when they elected to throw the ball. Once again, Burton's role continues to be a check down type tight end as he is being targeted on short hitch routes designed to find gaps in the zone defenses. We are seeing very little of the Burton we saw earlier this year where he is running routes longer than 10 yards.
2018 Week 16 vs SF (5 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)
Trey Burton has largely adapted to this offense in that he is a short underneath possession type tight end as the team has scaled back his deep routes to almost zero at this point in the season. In this game, Burton was effective in moving the chains on primarily five-yard hitch routes as while he caught five passes, his longest was for eight yards and his shortest was for four yards. He was a nice complimentary piece to this offense, but at this point the upside we saw earlier this season just is not there as the offense has shifted philosophy's to a short high percentage passing game.
2018 Week 15 vs GB (7 / 4 / 36 / 1 rec)
The Bears utilized the excellent matchup that Trey Burton had with a speed advantage over the Packers linebackers who are better run defenders than coverage linebackers. Burton saw seven targets in this game and for most of the game he was running slants and in-routes, but in the fourth quarter, the Bears called an excellent corner route to the outside which fooled the defense and left Burton wide open for his first touchdown since Week 9. Burton is going to continue to be utilized as a possession type player on a week-to-week basis so his upside remains limited, but it was good to see him get into the end-zone this past week.
2018 Week 14 vs LAR (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Burton's struggles continue as he just not found a consistent role in this offense. Trubisky did throw a deep pass to Burton but overthrew him in what would have been a deep gain of 20 yards or more. Burton was open but was overthrown by about 5 yards by Trubisky.
2018 Week 13 vs NYG (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Burton once again was a non-factor for the Bears this week as he saw just one target. He still was on the field for 82% of the plays, but this week Chase Daniel was not looking past his third read and at this point, Burton is not a primary receiver in this offense.
2018 Week 12 vs DET (7 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Burton did see an uptick in targets this week as the Bears tried to use him in the underneath role giving Chase Daniel another option to check the ball down to. Burton has yet to show the speed that we saw against the Patriots more than a month ago.
2018 Week 11 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Trey Burton had a tough matchup this week going up against Harrison Smith for most of the game. Burton saw two targets in this game and would have had a 20-yard catch, but the play was called back for holding leaving his final stat line with just one target, one reception, and nine yards. This is a trend for Burton as the Bears have so many weapons that they've been utilizing him to draw coverage away from the play instead of as a primary receiver as he has just eight targets in his last three games.
2018 Week 10 vs DET (4 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
The Bears used Trey Burton primarily as a decoy this week often using him and the attention that he draws from opposing defense to draw the safety or linebacker away from the ultimate target. Burton was able to turn an in-route upfield for 26 yards on a broken defensive play in which linebacker Jarrad Davis who was supposed to defend Burton underneath to help DeShawn Shead in man coverage, but neither of those things happened as Shead was unable to keep up with Burton off the line and Davis was too shallow which caused Burton to be wide open on the play.
2018 Week 9 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 28 / 1 rec)
The volatility of Trey Burton continues as Burton was targeted just three times in this game. Burton was able to find the end zone on a play in which he just outran his defender to the flat on a run-pass option. Burton showed off his matchup problem on a 26-yard reception in which he used his speed to get behind the linebackers on a fly route and ended up completing the catch in between the safety and linebacker after taking a big hit by the deep safety.
2018 Week 8 vs NYJ (4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Burton continues to be up and down for the Bears after coming off of his best performance of the year, the tight end was not heavily utilized in the Bears game plan this week with just four targets. Burton did make a nice catch on a 5-yard hitch in which he was able to make the defender miss adding another 13 yards to the play for a gain of 18 yards. Outside of this, the Jets game planned to take Burton out of this game often keeping their safeties on him which the Bears like to go to Burton when he has a speed matchup against a linebacker.
2018 Week 7 vs NE (11 / 9 / 126 / 1 rec)
The Bears continue to utilize the philosophy of using speed to find who is in a one-on-one coverage. This week, the Patriots kept their safeties deep to take away the deep threat of the Bears offense in Taylor Gabriel, but it left a gap over the middle frequently for Burton to find space and run after the catch for significant yardage. Burton did score a touchdown for the third consecutive game in the corner of the end-zone on an out route in which Jonathan Jones fell down in the end zone.
2018 Week 6 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 23 / 1 rec)
Trey Burton may not emerge as a consistent top end receiver in this offense, but he does not need to be as the Bears have so many speed weapons to go to on a weekly basis and Burton presents another matchup problem for defenses that they have to respect. The Bears utilized Burton this week primarily as a blocker and decoy in this game. Burton was once again able to score on a fake option shovel pass that we have seen several times throughout this season and is one of the Bears favorite plays inside the red zone as it causes the defense significant matchup issues with Trubisky, Cohen and Burton and the speed that the Bears are able to put on the field.
2018 Week 4 vs TB (4 / 2 / 86 / 1 rec)
It is not very often that you see a tight end making 40+ yard catches, but Burton hauled in a 47-yard and 39-yard catch this week. He was playing with a lights out Mitchell Trubisky and took his 39 yarder in for a touchdown on the game's first drive. Trubisky took the ball 26 yards off the right end and then on the very next play launched a deep pass to a sliding Burton down the right sideline. Burton ran a wheel route and his defender fell in coverage, leaving him wide open down the side line. It was a beautifully thrown ball that only Burton could make a play on. Had Trubisky thrown it any higher or further out in front of Burton, the safety could have come over and made a play. The 47-yard pass helped to setup the 20-yard Bellamy touchdown and was a long catch and run by Burton. He found the opening in the zone and had he kept running down the sideline rather than cut it inside he could have gained more yards and possibly scored. Burton is thriving as the top receiving option at tight end in Chicago after playing behind Zach Ertz in Philadelphia.
2018 Week 3 vs ARI (5 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
It is very rare that a tight end not named Gronkowski or Kelce leads their team in receiving yards. However, that is exactly what happened this week for the Bears and Burton. The Bears offense really struggled to move the ball, especially in the first half, and no receiver really stepped up to bail out Trubisky. Burton led the team with his 55 yards and had 1 catch go for 25 that helped set up the team's first field goal of the day. Do not expect Burton to lead the team in receiving yards again this season unless Trubisky continues to struggle to move the ball.
2018 Week 2 vs SEA (4 / 4 / 20 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
After not being much of a factor in Week 1, Trey Burton is starting to be utilized in a different variety of formats. He scored a touchdown on a triple-option play in which he took a shovel pass up the middle for a touchdown. Burton who is a former college quarterback lined up at the position in this game in which he faked a handoff to Tarik Cohen and ran the ball for a two-yard gain. Burton's value comes from his ability to create matchup problems and it's a great sign moving forward that the Bears are using him this way.
2018 Week 1 vs GB (6 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Burton was a disappointment in this game as he and Trubisky just could not get on the same page for most of this game. While he had six targets, he and Trubisky just were not in sync for most of the game this week.
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