Deontay Burnett

Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #80
Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #80

Deontay Burnett News

Sent packing by Eagles

The Eagles waived Burnett on Tuesday, Glenn Erby of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Burnett played two games with the Eagles in 2020 due to a plethora of injuries at wide receiver. He recorded three receptions for 19 yards in that stretch. The USC product will aim for a depth role elsewhere.

Mar 23, 2021 5:54 PM EST

Stays with Philly on futures deal

Burnett signed a reserve/future contract with the Eagles on Tuesday.

Analysis: The 23-year-old had three catches for 19 yards in two appearances for Philadelphia in 2020, but he spent most of the season on the practice squad. Burnett will go through the team's offseason program and faces long odds for making the season-opening roster in 2021.

Jan 5, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The Eagles activated Burnett from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Burnett spent exactly two weeks on the practice squad COVID-19 list after being identified as a close contact of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. He'll now be eligible to resume working with teammates.

Dec 3, 2020 3:19 PM EST

Shifts to COVID-19 list

The Eagles placed Burnett on the practice squad COVID-19 list Thursday, Tim McManus of reports.

Analysis: Burnett was placed on the list because he was identified as a close contact to JJ Arcega-Whiteside, who tested positive for the virus Thursday. Burnett will now need to clear the league's protocols before he's allowed to return to the team.

Nov 19, 2020 3:27 PM EST

Headed back to practice squad

Burnett reverted back to the Eagles' practice squad Monday, according to the NFL transaction log.

Analysis: Burnett was on the field for 19 of the team's 62 offensive snaps in Week 4 against San Francisco. That was fourth-highest rate among a depleted Eagles' receiving corps. If Alshon Jeffery (knee), DeSean Jackson and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (calf) all remain sidelined, Burnett could be back up with the active roster in time for the team's Week 5 matchup at Pittsburgh.

Oct 5, 2020 8:15 PM EST

Back on active roster

Burnett returned to the Eagles' active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Burnett was on the active roster for Week 3 against the Bengals, catching three passes, but returned to the practice squad Monday. He's needed again with the Eagles' wideout injury crisis continuing, as Alshon Jeffery (foot), DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Jalen Reagor (thumb) are all out for Sunday's game against San Francisco while J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is doubtful. Burnett's 15 career catches would ordinarily mean it would be quite unlikely for him to be a significant factor Sunday, but that total actually places him second only to Greg Ward (42 career catches) among the Eagles' decimated receiver corps.

Oct 3, 2020 11:29 AM EST

Returns to practice squad

Burnett was reverted back to Philadelphia's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction report.

Analysis: Burnett played 39 of 91 offensive snaps in the injury-riddled Eagles receiving corps during Sunday's tie against the Bengals, finishing with three catches for 19 yards. Philadelphia can shuffle Burnett back up and down one more time this season, and there's a good chance he'll be back up with the team at some point this season given the underwhelming alternatives available at wide receiver.

Sep 28, 2020 5:58 PM EST

Registers 19 yards

Burnett caught three of four targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 23-23 tie against the Bengals.

Analysis: The Eagles' wide receiver corps has been hit with an injury bug again, and Burnett was one of the main beneficiaries. The 22-year-old receiver finished third among Eagles receivers in offensive snaps, playing 39 of 92 snaps (43 percent). He was one of three receivers to exit the game fully healthy, so depending on how the others recover, Burnett could log another decent workload in Week 4 against the 49ers.

Sep 28, 2020 10:44 AM EST

Moves to active roster

Burnett was called up from the practice ahead of Sunday's contest against the Bengals, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Analysis: Burnett figures to at least see some offensive snaps with both Jalen Reagor (thumb) and Alshon Jeffery (foot) both unable to play. That being said, it's hard to really speculate how much playing time that might warrant as Burnett is clearly no better than the No. 5 option on the team's wide receiver pecking order.

Sep 26, 2020 2:45 PM EST

Waived by Eagles

Burnett was waived by the Eagles on Thursday, Mike Kaye of reports.

Analysis: Burnett was reportedly impressing throughout training camp but didn't do enough to land a spot on the 53-man roster. The Eagles could bring him back when they build out their practice squad this weekend, barring he gets through waivers.

Sep 3, 2020 7:51 PM EST

Appears in two games

Burnett finished the 2019 regular season with two catches on four targets for 48 yards and caught his only target of the Wild Card loss to Seattle for a five-yard gain.

Analysis: Those were the only two games of the season for Burnett, who joined the Eagles' practice squad in mid-December before injuries necessitated his call-up. He was with the Jets in the preseason but spent the bulk of the year on the 49ers practice squad. The 22-year-old now heads into the offseason an exclusive-rights free agent and therefore will be back with the Eagles in 2020 if the club elects to extend him a qualifying offer.

Jan 16, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Starts in team debut Week 17

Burnett was listed as one of the Eagles' three starting receivers Week 17 in the team's 34-17 win over the Giants, finishing with two receptions for 48 yards on four targets.

Analysis: Though he received the starting nod in first game with the Eagles since being promoted from the practice squad, Burnett essentially split the No. 3 receiver job with J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, with two playing 15 and 17 percent of the offensive snaps, respectively. Despite the light workload, Burnett still led the Eagles wideouts in yardage and finished second in receptions behind Greg Ward (six), while Arcega-Whiteside and Robert Davis combined to record zero catches on two targets. Burnett did the bulk of his damage on the first play of the fourth quarter, reeling in a 41-yard pass that helped set up a field goal. With Nelson Agholor (knee) seemingly trending toward another absence in Sunday's wild-card game against the Seahawks and with both Arcega-Whiteside and Davis having failed to take advantage of expanded reps in recent weeks, Burnett could benefit from a jump in playing time during the playoffs.

Jan 2, 2020 6:33 AM EST

Promoted to active roster

Burnett joined the Eagles' active roster Tuesday.

Analysis: Burnett makes the jump from the team's practice squad as their already-beleaguered receiving corps picked up another injury in Sunday's win over the Cowboys when J.J. Arcega-Whiteside reinjured his foot. With Nelson Agholor (knee) likely out again Week 17, Burnett could see time behind Greg Ward, Arcega-Whiteside and Robert Davis.

Dec 24, 2019 11:31 AM EST

Signs with Eagles' practice squad

Burnett signed a contract with the Eagles' practice squad Thursday.

Analysis: Burnett's chance on the practice squad comes following moves to promote Robert Davis to the active roster and place Alshon Jeffery (foot) on injured reserve. The Eagles' receiving corps has dealt with a plethora of injuries this season, so Burnett could have an opportunity to bump to the 53-man roster down the stretch should a depth role open up.

Dec 12, 2019 8:17 AM EST

Joins 49ers' practice squad

Burnett has signed with the 49ers' practice squad, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Burnett worked out with a plethora of receivers, but ultimately got the job. He will now work with the 49ers' receiving corps at practice, but will some injuries on the 53-man roster in order to ultimately get called up. The 22-year-old suited up for five games with the Jets in 2018.

Oct 15, 2019 4:33 PM EST

Scores TD in preseason Week 2

Burnett caught two of three targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 22-10 win over Atlanta in Week 2 of preseason.

Analysis: Burnett looks to be playing his way onto the Jets' roster, and he bolstered his case with a nine-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter. New York's receiving corps has a clear-cut top three in Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder, but Burnett could be the guy called upon to step up should any member of that trio suffer an injury.

Aug 16, 2019 8:30 AM EST

Four catches to open preseason

Burnett caught all four of his targets for 12 yards in Thursday's 31-22 preseason opening loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Burnett did his damage near the line of scrimmage, but at least he was getting open. While the second-year receiver out of USC is known for his chemistry with starting quarterback Sam Darnold, all four of his catches in this one came courtesy of backup Trevor Siemian.

Aug 9, 2019 8:18 AM EST

Signs contract tender with Jets

Burnett signed his exclusive-rights tender with the Jets on Thursday.

Analysis: Burnett appeared in five games as an undrafted rookie in 2018 and could continue to work his way up the depth chart with the Jets. As things sit he appears on the fringe of the roster and will need a quality camp and some special teams contributions to earn himself a Week 1 spot.

Mar 28, 2019 3:36 PM EST

Receives contract tender

Burnett, an exclusive-rights free agent, has been tendered by the Jets, Randy Lange of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Burnett appeared in five games for the Jets last season, seeing all 128 of his snaps on offense and ultimately catching 10 of 15 targets for 143 yards, including three catches of at least 20 yards. He has to sit out of football is he doesn't sign the tender, so the USC product and former collegiate teammate of QB Sam Darnold is effectively set to compete for a depth role in the Jets' underwhelming receiving corps this offseason.

Mar 7, 2019 12:28 PM EST

Catches five to cap rookie season

Burnett caught all five of his targets for 73 yards in Sunday's 38-3 loss to New England. He finishes his rookie campaign with 10 catches for 143 yards.

Analysis: Burnett racked up just more than half of his season production in this game, so it will serve as a nice start to his audition for a depth role with the Jets next season. Called up from the practice squad after latching on as an undrafted free agent, Burnett's biggest selling point is his chemistry with quarterback Sam Darnold from their days at USC.

Dec 30, 2018 4:22 PM EST

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