In a shocking bit of news today, it appears Bears tight end Trey Burton is dealing with a groin injury unrelated to his offseason hernia surgery. His status for the 100th season opener is now questionable.
What could this mean for the Bears offense? Well, in the full 16-game season last year, Burton was targeted a total of 76 times and caught 54 of those passes for 569 yards and six touchdowns.
It means Mitchell Trubisky trusts him and likes to throw to the tight ends a lot. Just compare his workload to the rest of this Bears offense. Burton was fourth in targets and receptions following Tarik Cohen (71 receptions out of 91 targets), Taylor Gabriel (67 receptions out of 93 targets), and Allen Robinson (55 receptions out of 94). Burton’s six receiving touchdowns were second on the team only following Anthony Miller who led with seven.
This injury could potentially be a serious problem. Burton is a key factor in this offensive scheme. Remembering what he did against the Patriots last season, we know the Bears need a reliable tight end.
If Burton doesn’t suit up against Green Bay, the Bears will have to turn to Adam Shaheen and Ben Braunecker. Neither of these potential replacements has proven anything at this point of their respective careers.
This could also drastically change Matt Nagy’s game plan for Thursday night. Sure, the Bears have plenty of other weapons at their disposal, but who knows how they will be affected.
Let’s all hope this injury is nothing too serious and Burton gets back to full health as quickly as possible.
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