Eagles tight end Trey Burton had three career catches entering Monday night before almost doubling that total in the team's 29-14 win over the Chicago Bears.
Burton, who missed the opening game with a calf injury, had five receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown. With Zach Ertz missing the game due to a rib injury, Burton appeared in 43 percent of the Eagles offensive snaps.
"I would have been used more if I hadn't cramped up at the end of the game," Burton said after Friday's practice.
Still, it was more than enough for Burton.
"I really enjoyed it and I am trying to soak it all in and trying to make the most of the opportunity," he said.
An undrafted free agent out of Florida, Burton, 24, is in his third season with the Eagles. He is among the top special-teams players on the team but now his receiving skills are being showcased.
Burton, who attended the University of Florida as a quarterback, eventually settled into being a receiver. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said on Friday if the team needed an emergency third quarterback it would be Burton. In the first game, when Burton was out, Josh Huff would have been the emergency quarterback. Burton was the emergency quarterback against Chicago.
As a senior at Venice High in Venice, Fla., he passed for 1,876 yards and 18 touchdowns and one interception.
When asked if he would feel comfortable as an emergency quarterback, Burton said, " I am ready to go and do whatever is needed."
Ertz, McKelvin still out
As expected, Ertz (ribs) and cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) are ruled out for their second straight game.
The Eagles have a bye after Sunday's game against the Steelers and Pederson expects both to be available after that.
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who suffered a broken nose and a quadriceps injury against Chicago, is listed as questionable. He had full participation in practice on Friday.
Change at the guard
If right tackle Lane Johnson is suspended for PED use, Pederson suggested that Stefen Wisniewski would likely move into the starting lineup at left guard after the Eagles bye week.
The Inquirer reported earlier this week that Johnson is expected to have a hearing on Oct. 4 and shortly after, a neutral arbitrator will render a decision. If the arbitrator upholds the suspension, Johnson will be out for the next 10 games, starting with the Oct. 9 matchup at Detroit.
Left guard Allen Barbre would move to Johnson's right tackle spot, if the suspension is upheld. Rookie guard Isaac Seumalo, who has been sidelined since suffering a preseason pectoral strain, remains out, but Pederson expects him to return after the bye.
Even if Seumalo returns, it appears as if Pederson would go with Wisniewski, who has made 77 starts in his first five seasons, including 16 last season for Jacksonville.
"With Isaac missing these last couple of weeks, going forward it would probably be Wiz moving to that [left guard] spot," Pederson said.
Wisniewski said he's just working hard, regardless of his status.
"I hadn't heard from the coaches yet so I don't want to say much about it, but if it happens I am ready for it," Wisniewski said after practice. "I have been practicing a lot at left guard and feel good there, and I will be ready if that opportunity presents itself."
Jenkins takes high road
Earlier this week, a student from Belmont University in Tennessee was expelled after making a racist post on social media that was written alongside a picture of the four Eagles raising their fist during Monday's national anthem. The four were Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive ends Steven Means and end Marcus Smith and cornerback Ron Brooks.
"Never have I had anybody face-to-face have the boldness to speak in such rude terms, and I am sure that kid would never say anything like that to somebody's face," Jenkins said. "So I kind of feel bad that he obviously made a decision that negatively affected him and in all actuality it is probably not how he feels and if he does he wouldn't act it out in any other way?."