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Zach Ertz | Tight End

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
College: Stanford
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Eagles OC Pat Shurmur declined to say if TE Zach Ertz (groin surgery) will be ready for Week 1.
"I don't know," Shurmur said when asked if the opener was still a realistic target. "I'm assuming so. Behind the scenes he's taking care of his obligations. It'll be a matter of him getting back out there practicing." Ertz hasn’t practiced since August 14. He has 19 days to get cleared, putting his status in doubt. Brent Celek projects to open the season as the Eagles starting tight end. Aug 26 - 6:48 PM
Source: CSN Philly

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Groin surgeon Dr. William Meyers told Eagles coach Chip Kelly that Zach Ertz (groin surgery) will likely miss "couple of weeks and thinks he'll be fine by the opener."

"The biggest thing for us in this situation, to be honest with you, is that it's something that we wanted to get cleaned up," Kelly said. "So the reps weren't really important. I think in the long term he's going to be a lot better for it. We just wanted to get it out of the way." Still, this is a blow to Ertz's chances of improving on last year's 50.3 percent snap share. It's interesting to note that beat reporter Jeff McLane added Ertz has "suffered various bumps and bruises through the first ten days (of training camp)."
Aug 14 - 2:55 PM

The Philadelphia Daily News confirms Zach Ertz will undergo a "procedure" to repair his torn groin.

Beat writer Les Bowen calls Ertz's injury a "minor groin tear." It still sounds similar to a sports hernia situation, wherein players typically miss at least four weeks and sometimes more. Ertz should be red-flagged as a fantasy pick. He has failed to beat out Brent Celek for the Eagles' starting tight end job and now may open the season on the shelf. Chip Kelly does claim Ertz will be ready for Week 1. We're skeptical, but will be monitoring the situation closely for the next month-plus.
Aug 14 - 1:40 PM

Zach Ertz will miss the entire preseason with a "core muscle injury" in his groin.

Ertz went down earlier this week and visited a sports-hernia surgeon to "clean up" the issue, suggesting Ertz may need or has already had surgery. Sports-hernia operations typically sideline players 6-8 weeks, so if Ertz had the operation, returning before Week 1 would be optimistic. The Eagles love Brent Celek as their starting tight end, and Ertz would have needed a big preseason to surpass him. The missed time really hurts Ertz's fantasy outlook. Being that Ertz needs a bump in playing time to reach his ceiling, he'll enter Week 1 as more of a clear-cut TE2.
Aug 14 - 11:43 AM

Eagles OC Pat Shurmur said TE Zach Ertz has improved his blocking.

"I think Ertz is a more efficient blocker," Shurmur said. "We’ve seen the improvements he’s worked on in the offseason." Ertz has played with the second team in training camp, suggesting Chip Kelly still isn’t sold on his blocking. He projects to see an increase from the 603 snaps he played last year, but needs to overtake Brent Celek to reach his ceiling. Ertz is the No. 6 tight end in Rotoworld’s preseason rankings.
Aug 12 - 6:12 PM

Zach Ertz has continuously worked with the Eagles' second-team offense at training camp.

Ertz remains behind veteran Brent Celek, who is one of coach Chip Kelly's favorites due to his ability to block. That's the area of Ertz's game that needs improvement, and it's going to hold him back until he becomes competent enough to get Kelly's trust. According to Eagles beat writers, Ertz has been a standout player in the passing game at camp, but this remains a true competition. Ertz needs to pass Celek and get a bump in playing time to reach his ceiling.
Aug 5 - 9:22 AM

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher expects Zach Ertz to make a "sizable jump in snaps" this season.

Ertz played 40.5 percent of the snaps as a rookie in 2013 and only progressed to 50.3 percent last year. Too often he was watching from the sideline as superior blocker Brent Celek held the edge in Chip Kelly's scheme. Celek returns for his ninth season in Philly, but Ertz is expected to surpass him on the back of improvement in the blocking department. We know the Eagles need him on the field as a receiver now that Jeremy Maclin is gone -- especially in red zone. Ertz will break out if he gets roughly 75 percent of the snaps.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 30 - 12:14 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski feels "fairly certain" that Zach Ertz will put up "big-time numbers" this season.

That's as long as coach Chip Kelly gives Ertz a sizable bump in playing time. Kempski named Ertz the player who impressed him most at Eagles OTAs and minicamp. The hype is starting to build for the second year in a row, though it feels real this time around. Ertz is arguably the team's best pure pass catcher, and he and Sam Bradford were said to be developing a real chemistry this spring.
Jun 19 - 8:35 AM

Zach Ertz said he sat down with Tony Gonzalez during the offseason to help him become a better tight end.

"I kind of just cold texted him one day, asking if he would be willing to meet with me, sit down and have lunch with me and luckily for me he was willing," Ertz said. "We talked about little things — the nuances of how to run a certain route, what’s advantageous against certain coverages." Learning from the greatest tight end of all time can do nothing but help Ertz. Reports out of offseason workouts have Ertz and Sam Bradford developing early chemistry. In St. Louis, Bradford loved attacking the middle of the field with his slot receivers and tight ends.
Jun 17 - 9:31 AM

Sam Bradford and Zach Ertz connecting on the field has been a "common sight" at Eagles OTAs.

The connections have come in limited team reps as Bradford (ACL) isn't yet participating in 11-on-11 work. But Ertz will welcome a quarterback change after dealing with a lot of wild throws the last two years. Developing early chemistry with the highly accurate Bradford can only be a good thing. Ertz has a shot at ranking second on the team in targets behind Jordan Matthews.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 15 - 9:14 AM

24.7 percent of throws to Zach Ertz last season were uncatchable, according to Football Outsiders.

That was the seventh-highest uncatchable rate among tight ends. Ertz still finished with 58-702-3 as fantasy's No. 14 tight end, but it could have been so much more as he consistently ran free. The arrival of accurate Sam Bradford along with Ertz's expected snap-count leap gives him serious 2015 upside.
Jun 2 - 9:48 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer mentions third-year TE Zach Ertz as a candidate to "end up leading the Eagles in receiving" this season.

Beat writer Jeff McLane acknowledges this is contingent upon Ertz earning more playing time after he played only 50 percent of Philly's 2014 offensive snaps. The Eagles' wideout corps is largely unproven, and Ertz's pass-catching chops were never in doubt. At very least, Ertz needs to become a bigger part of the Eagles' red-zone offense after scoring only three TDs in 2014.
May 24 - 1:47 PM

Zach Ertz spent two weeks this offseason working with former Cowboys OL coach Hudson Houck on his blocking.

Houck is one of the greatest offensive line coaches in NFL history. Ertz has also spent time on strength training and mixed martial arts. After he only played 50.3 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps last season, the Philly Inquirer believes there's "ample" reason to believe Ertz will truly break out as a third-year tight end. Between Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy, the Eagles have 180 targets to replace.
Apr 19 - 8:42 PM

Eagles coach Chip Kelly believes Zach Ertz is capable of making a "big jump" in 2015.

"I still think there's a big jump that can happen between year two and three," were Kelly's exact words. Ertz was one of the league's more hyped players last season, but was "limited" to a 58/702/3 receiving line as he played just 50.3 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps. "Limited" because Ertz's line was still extremely solid for a second-year tight end. Kelly has already suggested Ertz could be in for more targets this season. His arrow continues to point up in an offense low on pass-catching talent.
Mar 25 - 5:04 PM

Eagles coach Chip Kelly suggested Zach Ertz and Darren Sproles could see more looks in the absence of Jeremy Maclin.

Considering the Eagles didn't do a thing to upgrade their receiving corps, Kelly will have to use his tight ends and running backs a bit more liberally. Ertz has breakout potential written all over him, though his upside is somewhat offset by the presence of veteran Brent Celek. Sproles' role as a hybrid receiver/scat back shouldn't change much even with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews occupying the same backfield. Maclin, who fled for Kansas City earlier this offseason, accounted for 22.1 percent of Philadelphia's catches and 28.8 percent of the team's receiving yards in 2014. He leaves behind a ton of opportunity.
Mar 23 - 10:07 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Mark Sanchez
3Matt Barkley
4Tim Tebow
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3Darren Sproles
4Kenjon Barner
5Raheem Mostert
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Darren Sproles
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Josh Huff
3Miles Austin
4Seyi Ajirotutu
5Quron Pratt
WR21Nelson Agholor
2Riley Cooper
3Jeff Maehl
4Rasheed Bailey
WR31Riley Cooper
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3Trey Burton
4Eric Tomlinson
5Andrew Gleichert
K1Cody Parkey