Now that camp has started the Eagles have inched closer to live game action. Training camp is fun but game action is where we separate the men from the boys. As we near our countdown of our team review we take a look at the Eagles tight end group. This is clearly a position of strength and arguably the best position group on the team from a production and depth stand point. I’ll challenge anyone to find a better group of TE’s in the league from top to bottom.
The Eagles have 5 tight ends in camp. Joining Ertz, Celek and Burton are M.J. McFarland (UFDA, Utep) and Chris Pantale (2nd Yr, Boston College). Pantale and McFarland will not be on this team. I do like the size and range of McFarland. At 6’5″ 255 he’s got the size and speed to make some plays. He has a good change to make the practice squad if he has a nice camp. Ertz is coming off a solid year – finishing with 75 rec for 853 yards and 2 tds. He finished second on the team behind Jordan Matthews with 85 pulls. The majority of Ertz’s catches came over the last 5 weeks. Although Celek only finished with 27 catches he did have 3 TDs. I expect him to have a more prominent role in Pederson’s west coast offense. Fans drooled over the possibilities of 2 and 3 TE sets under Chip Kelly but it really never took off. I believe the Eagles will run a lot of 2 TE sets especially in the Red Zone.
The wildcard of the group is 3rd year Gator Trey Burton. Burton will be all over the field this year. At times he will be in-line, split out wide and in the back field. Without a fullback on this roster he most likely will be taken over in certain situations in that role. He will fill the role of a true H-Back. Burton has also contributed on special teams as well turning in a number of great plays. I look for all of these guys to take a step forward this year.
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