Trey Burton

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Burton opted out of throwing Philly Special pass

Andrew Porter
December 07, 2018 - 10:23 am

Trey Burton couldn't run the Philly Special again, or at least he couldn't throw the pass. Physically, he just couldn't do it. 

So when the Bears called the play with :03 to go in last Sunday's overtime loss to the Giants, Burton was in the Corey Clement role, not his usual touchdown pass throwing role. 

“Honestly when they put it up on the board (in practice), I got crazy anxiety,” Burton said via The Chicago Triubune. “I was kind of freaking out a little bit, just because a ton of unbelievable memories come back to mind from the Super Bowl. … I remember not really saying much and going out in practice and trying to do it, and I just couldn’t. Physically there was some type of block that wasn’t letting me do it.”

Tarik Cohen executed the pass part of the Philly Special for the Bears and the touchdown was successful. The Giants, however, won the game in overtime. 

Burton has 38 catches for 448 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games with Chicago this season. The 27-year-old tight end signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Bears this past offseason after spending his first four seasons in Philadelphia.