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Zach Ertz | Tight End

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (23) / 11/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
College: Stanford
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Zach Ertz (knee) is listed as probable for Week 3.
Ertz didn't miss any practice time despite being added to the injury report Thursday. Start him as you normally would. Sep 19 - 7:01 PM

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Zach Ertz is on the Week 3 injury report with a knee issue, but practicing in full.

It's not a concern for Ertz's Week 3 status, where he's shaping up as a top-five option thanks to injuries to Vernon Davis and Jordan Cameron. Ertz has played 67 percent of the Eagles' snaps through his first two games, and could see his role grow even more.
Sep 18 - 3:45 PM

Zach Ertz played on 52-of-68 snaps in Monday night's win over the Colts.

Ertz played 41 percent of the snaps as a rookie, 60 percent in Week 1 and now 76 percent in Week 2. It obviously helped that the Eagles trailed for just about the entire game, but featuring Ertz is not rocket science. He's turned 10 targets into a 7-163-1 line so far, showing unique body control and agility at 6'5/250. Ertz's target count should only keep growing.
Sep 16 - 9:55 AM

Zach Ertz caught 4-of-6 targets for 81 yards in the Eagles' Week 2 win over the Colts on Monday night.

Outside of Darren Sproles, Ertz was the Eagles' leading receiver. But after playing 60 percent of the snaps in Week 1, we'd bet that number dipped in Week 2. He just wasn't on the field enough despite making highlight-reel catches when he did touch the ball. Ertz had a big catch on a 3rd-and-11 when he went up and got the ball to set up LeSean McCoy's one-yard touchdown. He's a back-end TE1 thanks to his playmaking ability, but we want to see more usage.
Sep 16 - 12:16 AM

Zach Ertz played 52-of-87 (60 percent) of the offensive snaps in the Eagles' Week 1 win over Jacksonville.

Ertz started in the slot, but moved around the formation. He saw just five targets, but turned them into three catches for 77 yards and one touchdown. The Jaguars were one of the worst teams when it came to defending tight ends in 2013, but Ertz is a red-zone dominator who has six touchdowns in his last ten games. Playing 60 percent of the snaps is an increase on his 41-percent usage as a rookie. Fire Ertz up as a TE1 for Week 2 against the Colts.
Sep 8 - 9:14 AM

Zach Ertz caught three passes for 77 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 1 win over the Jaguars.

The breakout is on. Ertz only saw five targets in a predictably "spread the wealth" passing attack, but he dominated the seam while lining up both as an in-line tight end and in the slot. Most importantly, he got some reps in "11" personnel while Brent Celek stood on the sideline -- and scored his touchdown out of that formation. A red-zone dominator with gobs of upside, Ertz will be a fine TE1 at Indy next week.
Sep 7 - 4:44 PM

Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said Zach Ertz is "one of the best route-runners I've ever seen."

Long-tabbed as one of the key pieces of the post-DeSean Jackson era in Philly, Ertz has done nothing to squash the hype in camp. Veteran reporter Paul Domowitch goes as far as to mention Ertz in the same breath as Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten and Rob Gronkowski. "Ertz has that kind of ability, that kind of upside," Domowitch says. Although in-line blocking stud Brent Celek remains the starter, the Eagles are going to feature a ton of "12" looks that get Ertz mismatches against linebackers. He'll be a featured player in the red-zone and remains one of our favorite middle-round TE1s.
Aug 27 - 10:16 AM

Zach Ertz caught 2-of-2 targets for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason game.

Brent Celek stole Ertz's thunder with two highlight-reel grabs, but according to Pro Football Focus' Nathan Jahnke, Ertz was on the field for 31 of Philadelphia's first 49 snaps. Ertz spent ample time in the slot. Celek could occasionally cramp Ertz's style, but we still think Ertz is an intriguing back-end TE1. He has eight catches for 110 yards and a touchdown through three preseason games.
Aug 21 - 10:46 PM

Nick Foles compared Zach Ertz to Rob Gronkowski for Ertz's ability to "stretch the defense," "make tough catches," and "thrive on athleticism."

Keep in mind Gronk was Foles' tight end at the University of Arizona. Ertz ran a faster forty (4.67) than Gronk (4.68) at their Pro Days, and also had a better vertical (35 1/2") than Gronk (33 1/2), although Gronk is just over an inch taller and nine pounds heavier. Still, Foles sees them as comparable athletes and the measurables agree. All signs point to a breakout year for Ertz.
Aug 16 - 2:36 PM

Zach Ertz caught two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' second preseason game Friday night.

He worked exclusively with the ones after getting most of his catches with the twos in the preseason opener. Through two exhibition games, Ertz has six grabs for 86 yards and a TD on seven targets. On Friday night, Ertz outmuscled Patriots S Pat Chung at the goal line on his second-quarter score, barreling into the end zone. Ertz has a chance to be a red-zone monster if the Eagles commit to increasing his snaps. (They most certainly should.) Particularly if Jeremy Maclin (knee) can't stay on the field, Ertz could also emerge as the favorite for receptions in Philly. He's robbery at his current late-ninth-round ADP.
Aug 15 - 9:38 PM

According to CSN Philly, Zach Ertz stood out in this week's joint practices with the Patriots.

The Pats agreed. "He’s a great player," were the words of RE Chandler Jones. "He’s very athletic. He’s faster than I thought." S Devin McCourty said Ertz "understands how to get open against good defenses." All signs are pointing toward an Ertz breakout this season. Particularly if Jeremy Maclin (knee) can't stay on the field, Ertz could be primed to leap into elite TE1 heights.
Source: CSN Philly
Aug 14 - 6:30 PM

Zach Ertz caught 4-of-5 targets for 60 yards in the Eagles' preseason opener against the Bears.

Ertz mixed in with the Eagles' first team, but dominated with the Mark Sanchez group, making catches of 35 and 18 yards to set up backup RB Matthew Tucker's four-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter. Ertz doesn't appear to be a first-team staple yet, but playing well will earn him more action with the ones. He's a definite breakout candidate in Philly's juggernaut offense.
Aug 8 - 9:56 PM

Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia says Zach Ertz is "going to be the most utilized pass-catching weapon the Eagles have in the red zone."

At 6'5/250 with strong route-running chops and high-pointing ability, Ertz will be a weekly mismatch. We started to see some of that in the red zone last year, as he had five touchdowns across the final nine games (including playoffs). "It would not surprise me one bit if he led the team in receiving touchdowns," Kapadia wrote. Ertz brings upside at the back of the TE1 rankings. NFL Films' Greg Cosell recently suggested Ertz could catch 70-75 balls this year.
Aug 6 - 9:38 AM

Eagles OC Pat Shurmur said Zach Ertz "made the biggest improvement" among his tight ends.

Tight ends that are going to be great typically make a giant Year 2 leap, and Ertz is on that path. By getting stronger as a blocker and more comfortable in the scheme, he's expected to play more snaps as the Eagles replace the combined 120 receptions made by DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant last season. We've seen nothing to suggest the offseason buzz Ertz earned as a breakout player was unwarranted, and he's an excellent back-end TE1 with upside.
Aug 1 - 9:17 AM

The Eagles showcased several formations featuring two tight ends during OTAs.

It's a sign Chip Kelly wants to get Zach Ertz more involved in the offense. Rookie Jordan Matthews is also expected to play a major role in the slot, so Ertz's playing time could ultimately come at the expense of Brent Celek. CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher expects the Eagles to use two tight-end packages as their base offense early in the season, with Matthews easing into the No. 3 role.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 28 - 6:25 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Nick Foles
2Mark Sanchez
3Matt Barkley
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Darren Sproles
3Chris Polk
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Chris Polk
3RB1Darren Sproles
2LeSean McCoy
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Jordan Matthews
3Josh Huff
WR21Riley Cooper
2Brad Smith
3Jeff Maehl
4Cobi Hamilton
WR31Jordan Matthews
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3James Casey
4Trey Burton
K1Cody Parkey