GREEN BAY - As an undrafted rookie last year, Trey Burton showed he could be indispensable on special teams, both blocking a punt that was recovered for a touchdown and recovering a blocked punt for a touchdown.
This year, Burton wants to prove he can be an important asset at tight end. He took a step in that direction Saturday night at Lambeau Field, notching a pair of touchdown passes among his four catches for 21 yards.
"With one hand!" quarterback Mark Sanchez said, when asked about Burton's second scoring grab, on which he was far down the progressions, but found an opening in the end zone, over the middle. Sanchez, enjoying good protection, had time to wait.
"I think he's ready to make a jump and help the team, not just on special teams, but as an offensive player, as well," Sanchez said.
"He did a good job [on that TD] of finding a window [in the zone defense] to get open. That's exactly the way we designed the play," Sanchez said. "Hat's off to him for finding that zone and really making a pretty good catch. Down in that tight area like that, [the quarterback must] really put it on guys. He made a really good grab."
"It's extremely important," that he be known as more than a special-teamer, Burton said, "but I really do enjoy playing 'teams' and I don't take that for granted by any means. It's extremely important. We had the best unit in the league last year."
Burton called the TDs "really easy catches."
The Eagles need to be at 75 players by 4 p.m. tomorrow. Toward that end, they released a dozen players from the 90-man roster yesterday. Six of them had joined the team during training camp as replacements for other cut or injured players.
Gone are: Corner Marc Anthony, safety Brandan Bishop, center Mike Coccia, offensive linemen Kevin Graf and Jared Wheeler, defensive ends Alfy Hill and Jeremy Towns, wide receivers G.J. Kinne, Mike Johnson and Josh Reese, linebacker Dasman McCullum and tight end Justin Tukes.
Graf and Kinne spent 2014 on the Eagles' practice squad, Kinne also on that unit in 2013, as a quarterback. He has athleticism, as he tries to change positions, but also has a lot to learn about the nuances of wide receiving.
The team can IR corner JaCorey Shepherd, after right ACL surgery, and it has yet to make official the waived/injured designation for Emmanuel Acho. That would leave one real roster decision by tomorrow. Normally this would be when you might release the extra kicker/punter, but Kip Smith might be needed, given Cody Parkey's apparently minor groin problem.
The roster needs to be at the regular-season limit of 53 by Saturday at 4 p.m.
Good Brandon Graham pressure on Brett Hundley, helping force Walter Thurmond's 28-yard pick-six . . . Chip Kelly said on those two early two-point conversion attempts that failed, with Tim Tebow, "we were just seeing what going for two was like." . . . DeMarco Murray was noticeable picking up blitzes Saturday night . . . The Eagles were 5-for-5 in the red zone.