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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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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. Jun 30 - 12:14 PM
Source: CSN Philly

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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

Coach Chip Kelly called TE Zach Ertz a "multi-position player."

Ertz was one of our favorite breakout candidates last summer, but ended up playing about 50 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps. They did spike in Weeks 16-17, when Ertz was in on 122-of-169 plays (72.2 percent). The Eagles need to feature him in the pass game, and may have to do so to make up for the loss of Jeremy Maclin. Still only 24, Ertz is heading into his third season.
Mar 15 - 9:40 AM

Zach Ertz caught four passes for 56 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Giants.

One of our favorite preseason breakout candidates at tight end, Ertz was not utilized in a fantasy friendly fashion. Chip Kelly treated him as a complementary piece instead of a featured player, limiting snaps to certain packages and not getting red-zone looks. We still saw major ability in the supremely athletic Ertz, who had a 15-catch game in Week 15 and finishes with 58-702-3. His 2015 offseason progress in the scheme will be well worth watching as he heads into his third NFL season.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:18:00 PM

Zach Ertz secured 15-of-18 targets for 115 yards in Saturday's Week 16 loss to Washington.

The 15 catches are a franchise record, while the 18 targets were by far his most of the season. Unfortunately, Ertz only had one red-zone look. It's an overdue breakout from Ertz, who had been playing limited snaps behind Brent Celek. Ertz will be back on the TE1 radar in Week 17 against a Giants defense that struggles with tight ends.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 09:10:00 PM

Zach Ertz caught three passes for 32 yards in Sunday night's Week 15 loss to the Cowboys.

He was targeted four times. Ertz continued to play limited snaps behind Brent Celek, who lost a costly fumble late in the fourth quarter. He's averaging just 24 receiving yards over the last three games. Ertz will be a TE2 against Washington in Week 16.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 01:13:00 AM

Zach Ertz caught 2-of-3 targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' Week 14 loss to the Seahawks.

Ertz's third score of the season was his first in seven games. Ertz got a step on K.J. Wright in the third quarter, and turned it into a 35-yard touchdown. We know all about Ertz's raw ability, but he isn't playing enough snaps to be in the top-18 discussion at tight end.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 08:10:00 PM

Zach Ertz was held without a catch in Week 13 against the Cowboys.

Ertz couldn't come down with a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter on his only target. His upside remains limited by Brent Celek, who finished with one catch for seven yards. Ertz will be just a TE2 in Week 14 against Seattle.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 09:20:00 PM