The Philadelphia Eagles formally waived vast receiver Deontay Burnett with a non-football damage designation on Tuesday night. The trigger and severity of Burnett’s damage is at the moment unclear.
In any case, this information is a bummer. Burnett was an actual standout throughout final yr’s coaching camp. We dubbed him as one in every of our 10 “winners” late final summer time:
This dude must make the crew. Even when it means the Eagles must maintain seven receivers. Burnett makes good catches on the day by day. One may make the case he’s had a greater camp than Greg Ward. And that’s to not disparage Ward, who I like. However whereas we’re evaluating these two, Burnett is just 22 whereas Ward is 25. Burnett isn’t the largest man and doesn’t have the best athletic profile however he’s positively simply good on the sport. He will get open and makes troublesome catches when he’s coated. I actually don’t have a look at this because the case of a brand new Na Brown. Burnett had an enormous catch in Week 17 final season and he did some great things throughout his New York Jets stint:
Sadly, Burnett by no means actually acquired a lot of an opportunity to indicate what he may do. Right here’s what we wrote about him after the 2020 season:
STATS: 58 snaps, 4 targets, 3 receptions, 19 yards, 6.3 common, 0 drops, 0 TD
REVIEW: Regardless of having camp, Burnett was stored round on the follow squad as a substitute of creating the roster. He did see some restricted taking part in time after being elevated as a consequence of a number of receiver accidents.
OUTLOOK: I’m not prepared to surrender on Burnett! He’s nonetheless solely 23, which is notably youthful than Greg Ward, Travis Fulgham, John Hightower, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. The chances are most likely stacked towards him making the crew and having a significant NFL profession. I simply suppose there’s some capacity right here.
Maybe one other crew will declare Burnett on waivers or give him a camp invite when he will get wholesome. Too dangerous he presumably received’t get to impress once more on the NovaCare Complicated follow fields this summer time.