Trey Burton Becoming Matchup Problem Bears Believed They Had

October 24, 2018 - 3:36 pm
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Having held the Lombardi Trophy as a Super Bowl champion, experienced the thrills of a parade down city streets and received a ring to cherish forever in his Philadelphia tenure, Bears tight end Trey Burton doesn't handle losing well.

Burton played a key part in the Bears' game against the Patriots this past Sunday, posting career-highs with nine receptions and 126 yards. He found the end zone for a fourth time in six games this season.

But...

"We lost, so it doesn't matter," Burton said.

The veteran presence of the 26-year-old Burton has been important for this Bears team as it strives to make winning the expectation. Many players in the Bears' locker room have primarily experienced losing in their young NFL careers. They were immediately drawn to Burton and his winning pedigree upon his arrival this past March.

Burton signed with the Bears on a four-year, $32-million deal with the organization believing he could bring the right demeanor to the team. But first and foremost, the Bears saw his abilities fitting their offense.

Buried as the third tight end in Philadelphia, Burton is viewed as a top target in Chicago. His four touchdowns are second among all tight ends in the NFL. Establishing comfort in the Bears offense has gone smoothly, as Burton said the similarities between the Bears' schemes and the Eagles' meant no learning curve.

The greatest challenge Burton faced was establishing himself as a go-to target for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

"With Trey, it was becoming a security blanket for Mitch (against the Patriots)," coach Matt Nagy said. "He had good matchups, he was getting open. With this offense, we have a lot of different people that can get the ball and can get open. Trey happened to have the game (Sunday). 

"He was getting over the middle of the field. The ball was getting out quick to him. You can see they had a nice little connection going. So we want to keep that thing going."

Jets coach Todd Bowles knows to expect more from Burton now that he has been fully established in this Bears offense.

"He's got speed, number one, and then you got playmakers around him," Bowles said. "So, when you have playmakers around him and a playmaker that can get you the ball, the ball finds you."

Burton emerged from the Eagles' practice squad and ultimately earned a role with the Philadelphia offense in 2016. He posted 37 receptions on 60 targets that season. It shouldn't take him too much longer to set more career marks with the Bears.

Burton's 11 targets Sunday were also a career-high and the byproduct of his connection with Trubisky continuing to grow. As the Patriots attacked the pocket constantly, Burton found seams in the secondary that benefited Trubisky and the offense.

Following the breakout game, Burton couldn't enjoy the individual success because his team lost. He's hoping to be a big reason why the Bears are consistently winning games soon enough. It's what brought him to Chicago in the first place.

"I'm really confident in myself and my abilities," Burton said. "I know I can do this. I know I can continue to do it.

"I just envisioned being out there and doing whatever I can to help the team win."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.​