HOWIE Roseman or Chip Kelly. Either one or both. It seems like they may have really nailed this one. While I’ve had issues with some of the moves made this off-season, this is one I think could be a real stroke of genius.
Undrafted rookie TE Trey Burton is a guy who has played RB, WR, TE and QB for the Florida Gators. Better than that, he was productive doing it against solid competition. That’s probably why he performed so well at the Scouting Combine.
At first his roster bio reads like he’s a modern day version of (Abington product and former Miami Dolphin), Jim “Crash” Jensen; but after watching some video and seeing how he moves , he’s a lot closer to a young Brad Smith than a Jensen which would have been AWESOME. (Though so far all evidence says that Burton is no Kick Returner (7 ret, 105yds combined in 2012 and 2013).)
Still, I like him for two reasons :
1) Schematic versatility.
2) As ‘spot depth’. He’s a guy who can line up and execute a position if injuries hit one area hard during a game.
Odds are that if he only played one position, he’d have zero shot at making this roster and this article wouldn’t be worth my time. However given his versatility, he’s literally a Training Camp injury away from getting noteworthy reps at RB, TE, or WR.
Reps in Camp are Step One of making a roster. Step Two of course is enough production to make coaches shift their numbers crunch away from you, and to some other position. At the very least you want to be a trade option for team with injury issues.
However it goes down, I hope to see this guy get a series or two this preseason. Regardless of where he lines up.