Bears’ coach Matt Nagy loves to feature tight ends in his offense. That’s why Trey Burton is a name we could be hearing a lot of this season.
For Burton signing with the Bears this past off-season was a no-brainer.
“I’ve had a really fun time (In Chicago),” says Burton. “It’s a really easy transition for me coming to a new team.”
The transition has been an easy one because his new head coach Matt Nagy runs the same offense as his last head coach Doug Pederson ran in Philadelphia.
“It’s been a big advantage,” says Burton. “I’m not having to myself study as much. I’m able to help other people.”
“It’s really good,” says Nagy. “Matter of fact when we were doing installs I may ask him a question, ‘Hey, Trey is this how y’all have done it in Philadelphia with Doug?’ Trey knows this offense inside out. He understands leverage.
He understands how to get open.”
Nagy and the coaching staff hope Burton can transfer all of his knowledge of the offense to second-year tight end Adam Shaheen. Burton has already taken that task upon himself. He’s helping the young tight end any way he can.”
“Yea, I can just be that mentor for him. He knows already. He’s my lockermate. Whatever he has question-wise to come to me. I just be open with him, and talk about my experiences.”
Though Burton has a huge leg up as far as the playbook is concerned, one thing he has to adjust to is his workload. In Philadelphia Burton was usually the second or third option at tight end. The Bears want him to be their first option.
“I was never a guy that got that many reps,” says Burton. “You know coming from Philly being the third guy so definitely the conditioning (is important). I’m trying to put a lot of emphasis on run blocking.”
Burton not only brings knowledge of the offense, but he also brings a championship pedigree after winning Super Bowl 52. He’s ready to keep his history of winning going with new his team.
“It’s exciting. It’s really exciting! This whole city, this whole Bears organization first class so far since I’ve been here. I’m really excited!”