Burton is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Andrew Walker of Colts.com reports.
Analysis: It'll be an interesting offseason in Indianapolis, where Marcus Brady was promoted from QBs coach to offensive coordinator after the Eagles hired Nick Sirianni. With QB Philip Rivers retiring and WR T.Y. Hilton headed for free agency, the Colts could aim for a youth movement on the offensive side of the ball. Burton had three receiving touchdowns and two rushing TDs in 2020, but he averaged only 2.2 catches for 19.2 yards per game, working in a timeshare with Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox. Both Burton and Alie-Cox are scheduled for free agency, while the Colts can clear up more than $4 million in cap space if Doyle is released. It's anyone's guess what the Indianapolis TE group will look like next season.
Jan 28, 2021 8:32 AM EST
Burton caught three of four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: Burton was back in the No. 2 tight end role in Week 16, as he played 49 percent of the team's snaps on offense, second to position mate Jack Doyle (55 percent). Nevertheless, the 29-year-old is stuck in a cold spell with just five receptions for 37 yards over the last four contests. He'll look to get back on track in the Week 17 matchup against the Jaguars.
Dec 28, 2020 10:04 AM EST
Burton caught one of two targets for eight yards in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Burton finished third among Colts' tight ends with just 19 snaps on offense (35 percent). The position group hasn't had much success lately, however, as Burton, Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox have all finished with fewer than 50 receiving yards in four straight games.
Dec 22, 2020 3:04 PM EST
Burton (knee) was a full participant during Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Burton was absent from Wednesday's session with the knee issue, but as evidenced by this news, he appears on track for Sunday's game against Houston. Although the veteran played 25 of 61 offensive snaps in last week's win over Las Vegas, it was a bit surprising to see Burton go without a target in the contest. Burton will continue to be a hit-or-miss option at tight end in fantasy in his No. 2 role behind Jack Doyle for Week 15.
Dec 17, 2020 3:26 PM EST
Burton (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Though Burton logged 25 of a possible 61 offensive snaps in this past Sunday's 44-27 win over the Raiders, he wasn't targeted in the contest. Following two straight fantasy duds, Burton -- who scored TDs in both Week 11 and Week 12 -- profiles as a hit-or-miss option Sunday against the Texans, that is if he's available.
Dec 16, 2020 1:01 PM EST
Burton fielded 25 offensive snaps without receiving a target during Sunday's 44-27 win against Las Vegas.
Analysis: Burton's nine-game catch streak was snapped during Indianapolis' Week 14 win, and he's now been held without a touchdown in back-to-back contests after reaching the end zone Weeks 11 and 12. The Florida product remains dependent on the TD to deliver fantasy value, as he has just one outing of more than three receptions and 45 yards over his 10 appearances in 2020.
Dec 15, 2020 6:41 PM EST
Burton had an 11-yard reception on three targets in Sunday's 26-20 win over the Raiders.
Analysis: Burton failed to extend his touchdown streak to three games. He played just 25 snaps on offense, falling behind both Mo Alie-Cox (44) and Jack Doyle (38). Working in Burton's favor is nine red-zone targets over eight games, while Doyle and Alie-Cox have combined for seven in that stretch. Even with fewer snaps on a weekly basis, Burton appears to have more fantasy upside by virtue of his high-value targets.
Dec 8, 2020 3:15 PM EST
Burton recorded three receptions on six targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Titans.
Analysis: Burton continued to out-produce both Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox and was also the Colts third-most targeted player. His production came early on, as he delivered a 12-yard reception on the team's first drive to move into the red zone. Three plays later, he hauled in 12-yard touchdown for his fifth total touchdown on the campaign. Philip Rivers continues to spread targets to a wide array of pass-catchers, leaving Burton's volume unreliable on a weekly basis.
Nov 29, 2020 3:30 PM EST
Burton had three receptions for 25 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown, on five targets in Sunday's win over Green Bay.
Analysis: While Burton scored a touchdown, he got less playing time among the team's three tight ends. Burton played on 24 of the offense's 84 snaps while Jack Doyle played on 45 snaps and Mo Alie-Cox played on 43 snaps. Burton did have more targets than the other two, however (Doyle had a TD catch on two targets, and Alie-Cox had two targets). Burton has four touchdowns as a red zone threat, but it's hard to depend on any tight end's production with all three active in the passing game.
Nov 23, 2020 2:54 PM EST
Burton had three receptions for 14 yards on three targets in Thursday's win over Tennessee.
Analysis: Burton was thought to have a larger role with Jack Doyle out with a concussion, but he played on 37 of the offense's 70 snaps - which has been around the rate he's played each game. Despite starting at TE, he played less snaps and went out on fewer routes than Mo Alie-Cox. Burton did have a red zone target, however. Indy's usage of the tight ends in the passing game has fluctuated each game, making Burton an unpredictable fantasy option despite scoring three touchdowns in six games.
Nov 16, 2020 2:48 PM EST
Burton is expected to handle an increased role at tight end during Thursday's game against the Titans with Jack Doyle (concussion) unavailable, Kevin Bowen of 1075thefan.com reports.
Analysis: Burton has drawn at least four targets in each of the five games he's appeared in with Indianapolis. With Mo Alie-Cox (knee) also listed as questionable, it's possible that he gets the opportunity to serve as the Colts' lone available starter at tight end. It might be more likely that Burton and Alie-Cox both suit up and split reps at the position, but such an eventuality would still allow each to handle a heightened role compared to the usual three-man split with Doyle.
Nov 11, 2020 3:36 PM EST
Burton caught one of his four targets for six receiving yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: Burton had recorded rushing touchdowns in consecutive outings entering Sunday afternoon's matchup, but the Colts elected against handing the tight end another rush attempt against Wink Martindale's defense. The Florida product enjoyed a brief stretch Weeks 5 and 6 in which he racked up nine receptions for 91 yards and one touchdown, but Burton hasn't exceeded 16 receiving yards in any of his other three appearances this season. He may be able to have more of an impact during an upcoming Thursday night game against the Titans, with starting tight end Jack Doyle (concussion) expected to miss the contest.
Nov 9, 2020 5:13 PM EST
Burton caught three of four targets for nine yards and scored a two-yard rushing touchdown in Sunday's 41-21 win over the Lions.
Analysis: Burton's locked in a fierce competition for playing time at tight end with Jack Doyle, who caught a touchdown in this one, and Mo Alie-Cox. While it's hard to predict which of the three will shine as a receiver in any given week, Burton has carved out some value as a goal-line rushing option. For the second time in as many games, Burton's number was called on a direct snap from in close and he converted a short touchdown, so he could continue to be employed as a short-yardage rushing option in Week 9 against Baltimore and beyond.
Nov 2, 2020 1:21 PM EST
Burton caught four of five targets for 58 yards and a touchdown while adding a one-yard rushing score during Sunday's 31-27 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Burton got his team on the board with a one-yard rushing score in the second quarter and scored a 10-yard receiving touchdown just a few minutes later. He finished second on the team in receiving yards while tying for third in receptions and fourth in targets. He's enjoyed a healthy 16 targets through three games this season and will look to continue his ascent in Week 8 against the Lions, though the team's upcoming bye could allow teammate Mo Alie-Cox (knee) to return from an injury.
Oct 18, 2020 4:19 PM EST
Burton caught five of six targets for 33 yards during Sunday's 32-23 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Burton surprisingly received the second-most targets on the team, and although he managed just 6.6 yards per catch, he clearly had the attention of Philip Rivers. He also received five targets in his season debut a week ago and seems to be carving himself out a role in the offense. Burton will look to continue his ascent next Sunday in a favorable matchup against the Bengals.
Oct 11, 2020 8:02 PM EST
Burton had two receptions for 16 yards on five targets in Sunday's win over Chicago.
Analysis: With injuries at wide receiver (Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman on IR), the Colts utilized three tight ends in the passing game against the Bears. Mo Alie-Cox was a starter in a two-TE set with Jack Doyle. Alie-Cox played 33 of the offense's 72 snaps with Doyle playing 45 snaps and Burton playing 36 snaps. It was encouraging to see Burton lead the trio in targets in his first game back from a calf injury. However, the use of three tight ends in the offense likely limits his upside.
Oct 5, 2020 3:16 PM EST
Burton (calf) was activated from injured reserve Saturday and will play in Sunday's game against the Bears.
Analysis: It'll be interesting to see how the Colts deploy Burton with the emergence of Mo Alie-Cox alongside nominal starter Jack Doyle. A three-headed TE attack isn't out of the question either considering the numerous injuries to Colts pass catchers such as Parris Campbell (knee) and Michael Pittman (leg), but the more likely outcome is Burton simply easing back into the offense after missing the first three weeks of the season. Expect the snap counts to vary for each of the trio week to week.
Oct 3, 2020 8:45 AM EST
Coach Frank Reich has not disclosed whether the Colts plan to activate Burton (calf) off IR before Sunday's game against the Bears, Jim Ayelloof The Indianapolis Star reports.
Analysis: The Colts have until Saturday to make the call on Burton, who resumed practicing this week. Even if he is activated, the presence of fellow tight ends Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox likely ensures that Burton can be eased back into the team's pass-catching mix. Down the road though, he'll look to rekindle the strong chemistry he developed with Philip Rivers during training camp.
Oct 2, 2020 2:14 PM EST
Burton (calf) will return to practice Wednesday, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Analysis: Now that Burton is set the practice, the Colts have a 21-day window to decide whether to return the tight end to their active roster or allow him revert to IR for the rest of the season. With Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox also in the mix, however, Burton's path to targets out of the gate would be unclear if he does end up being activated by the team.
Sep 30, 2020 9:32 AM EST
Coach Frank Reich said Burton (calf) will be back at practice this week, Kevin Bowen of 107.5 The Fan Indianapolis reports.
Analysis: The 28-year-old has been sidelined by a calf injury since late August and was moved to injured reserve ahead of Week 1. Burton is eligible to be activated after spending the three-week minimum on injured reserve, but he may not be game ready for the Week 4 matchup with the Bears after being sidelined for the past month.
Sep 28, 2020 1:45 PM EST
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