Head coach Doug Pederson had his Eagles hitting here today at the Nova Care Complex. Tight end Trey Burton continues to shine. He is taking advantage of the nice package they have put together for him as the second or third tight end, depending on the formation. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich said he liked Burton, but by now it’s got to be LOVE because of all the passes the young man has been catching.
Burton put a double move on a defensive back and was wide open going down the sidelines as he pulled in the Carson Wentz throw in a LIVE drill. He has been catching passes in each and every part of the practice. Whether they’re in 7-on-7 or a team drill, Burton is getting open and catching the football.
I could see the Eagles playing a lot of two tight end sets on first and second downs because it looks like a running formation with two 245 pounders in there as extra run blockers. Surely any defensive coordinator has to keep all of his linebackers in the game because he’s got to defend the Eagles running game. That will give Ertz and Burton chances to be matched up against the opposing team’s linebackers, when the Birds go with play action pass. Sam Bradford will put the ball in the running backs’ stomach, then pull it out and he will be throwing the ball to a wide open tight end.
With this 21 formation, two tight ends and one back, the Eagles should be able to do plenty of damage. The key will be running the ball well to set it all up. If they’re able to run the ball, it’s going to put the opposing defensive coordinator, as well as his linebackers and defensive backs in a no-win situation.
The safeties were active today in the workout. Eagles safety Rodney McLeod laid a lick on Zach Ertz after the tight end got open down the seam. McLeod made a few more tackles during the workout.
Safety Ed Reynolds II came from the other side of field, then made an open field tackle against running Kenjon Barner. The running back didn’t have time to put a move on the hard charging tackler.
I saw Chris Maragos make a nice play in the red zone work. The safety put himself in great position to pick the ball off, but tight end Chris Pantale was able to fight him for it enough to get the ball out of hands and onto ground.
Big Beau Allen broke through the offensive line and made a tackle in the backfield on Barner at the goalline. It was a touchdown saving play.