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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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Recent News's Jimmy Kempski guesses Zach Ertz will catch 50 passes for 750 yards and eight touchdowns in his second season.
This is obviously just a shot-in-the-dark guess, but it's worth examining as a starting point. Despite playing only 41 percent of Philly's 2013 snaps, Ertz registered a 36-469-4 mark. Kempski's 15 yards per reception are a little lofty. Still, it seems reasonable at surface level, and with a major snap-rate increase for 2014. Ertz will take part in "replacing" DeSean Jackson. Mar 29 - 12:15 PM

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The Philly Inquirer expects Zach Ertz to take over as the Eagles' "primary receiving tight end" in 2014.

Whereas blocking TE Brent Celek played 77 percent of the Eagles' 2013 snaps, Ertz was limited to 41. He still registered a 25-290-5 stat line over the final nine games, which extrapolates to 45-516-9 across a full season. Ertz can get the catch and yardage totals up by simply earning more field time. He'll be a popular if somewhat lower-floor back-end TE1 pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Feb 16 - 1:04 PM

Michael Vick said he believes Zach Ertz will eventually be one of the best tight ends in the NFL.

"There are three players that I told that they would be great players in this league," Vick said. "I always told Alge Crumpler that he was going to be great, I always told Shady McCoy that he was going to be a great player in this league, and I always told Roddy White. And now I'm saying Zach Ertz." Vick's words actually came before Ertz broke out for a 25/290/5 line over the season's fine nine games. With a full offseason in the Eagles' program and Chip Kelly expected to install more "12" personnel, the arrow is pointing straight up here.
Jan 29 - 9:48 AM

Zach Ertz registered a 25-290-5 line over Philadelphia's final nine games after managing just 14 catches for 201 scoreless yards across the first eight.

Ertz will generate plenty of 2014 breakout hype. "I was utilized more in the gameplan (in the second half of the season)," explained Ertz. "One of the big things was that I was used out wide, in the slot, in the 3-point, obviously. I think the game just kind of slowed down as well." Beat writer Jimmy Kempski expects Ertz to "have a much bigger role in 2014, possibly as a starter."
Jan 10 - 12:38 PM

Zach Ertz caught three passes for 22 yards with a touchdown in Saturday's Wild Card loss to the Saints.

Ertz also had another near touchdown clang off his hands in the corner of the end zone. The second-round rookie's first NFL season ends with 36 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns, but it's important to note that he only played on obvious passing downs while Brent Celek served as the every-down tight end and James Casey was the run blocker. When Ertz was on the field, he showed serious potential as a "move" tight end. He just has to gain some polish and prove himself as a blocker to get more snaps and therefore more than the 3.5 targets per game he saw in 2013. We suspect Ertz will end up as one of the better TE2 bets in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Jan 5 - 2:08 AM

Eagles rookie TE Zach Ertz's snaps have dropped the past four games in favor of more James Casey.

As beat writer Jeff McLane explains, it's because the Eagles are running the ball more, and Casey is a superior run blocker to Ertz. Brent Celek remains the primary in-line tight end. If Ertz is going to become a consistent 2014 fantasy contributor, he'll have to improve his blocking in Chip Kelly's run-foundation offense. Ertz has TE1 potential if he can become an every-down player.
Jan 3 - 9:53 AM

Zach Ertz caught three passes for 43 yards in Week 17 against the Cowboys.

He was targeted five times in the passing game. Ertz has been used as a strict pass-catching tight end this season and continues to see fewer snaps than Brent Celek. He finishes his rookie campaign with 36 receptions, 469 yards, and four touchdowns. The Eagles take on the Saints in the first round of the playoffs.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 01:57:00 AM

Zach Ertz played on just 15-of-64 snaps in Sunday night's win over the Bears.

Ertz is a strict pass-catching tight end, so when the Eagles get a big lead or take a run-heavy approach he's not going to play very much. It's resulted in yo-yo production over the last month -- 15 total targets in Weeks 13 and 15 vs. one total target in Weeks 14 and 16. Ertz's Dynasty stock remains sky high as he's shown difference-making skills in both route running and winning at the catch point. His role will grow in 2014.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 11:55:00 AM

Zach Ertz has one catch for 27 yards in Week 16 against the Bears.

It was his only target of the night. Ertz took a step back after playing more snaps than Brent Celek last week. He'll have a chance to make more of an impact in the passing game when the Eagles visit the Cowboys in Week 17.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 01:49:00 AM

Zach Ertz played more snaps than Brent Celek for the first time all season in Week 15.

For the second time in three weeks, we're warning owners not to chase Ertz's big day. The Eagles chose to attack the Vikings through the air and abandon the run game, so Celek's blocking was not needed as much. And once the Eagles fell behind, Ertz was playing just about every snap as a "move" tight end. That's unlikely to happen in Week 16 as the Bears are best beaten on the ground.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 11:57:00 AM

Zach Ertz caught six passes for 57 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 15 loss at Minnesota.

With the Eagles abandoning the run game, Ertz was a major player. The highlight of his day was a very difficult 3-yard touchdown catch in the back of the end zone that showed his ball skills. Ertz is a solid Dynasty hold as the move tight end in an explosive offense, but he'd be a desperation TE2 in Week 16. Chip Kelly figures to attack the Bears with the run, not the pass.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 06:24:00 PM

Zach Ertz did not catch a pass in Sunday's Week 14 win over the Lions.

A week after shredding a Cardinals' defense that can't guard tight ends, Ertz predictably crashed back to earth. He was targeted just one time and couldn't haul in a fade pattern on a two-point conversion try. Ertz is a Dynasty hold, not a re-draft option despite a tasty matchup with the Vikings in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 05:19:00 PM

Zach Ertz (shoulder) is practicing in full this week.

It's a new injury for Ertz, but it's nothing serious. Though he scored two touchdowns against the Cardinals last week, Ertz is merely a low-end TE2.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 05:48:00 PM

Zach Ertz played on 38-of-78 snaps (48.7 percent) in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Ertz played on 58.3 percent of the snaps in Week 9, 54.8 in Week 10 and 45.4 in the game before the Week 12 bye. In other words, his role didn't really change as he recorded a 5/68/2 against the Cards. What did change was the gameplan as Chip Kelly set out to expose Arizona's base linebackers that are stout against run, but struggle badly in coverage. The Eagles won't be afraid to challenge the Lions outside corners in Week 14, leaving Ertz as a mere TE2.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 09:14:00 AM

Zach Ertz caught five passes for 68 yards with two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 13 win over the Cardinals.

The Cardinals get shredded by tight ends on a weekly basis and Chip Kelly knew that. So with DeSean Jackson predictably bottled up by Patrick Peterson, the Eagles consistently drew up plays for Ertz. One of them came on a fake pitch to LeSean McCoy at the goal-line that left Ertz wide open for a six-yard touchdown. The second-round rookie now has a total of 12 catches for 141 yards with three touchdowns in the last four games. He's a middling TE2 with upside heading into a Week 14 game against the Lions.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 04:34:00 PM

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Skill Players
QB1Nick Foles
2Mark Sanchez
3Matt Barkley
4G.J. Kinne
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Darren Sproles
3Bryce Brown
4Chris Polk
5Matthew Tucker
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Bryce Brown
3RB1Darren Sproles
2LeSean McCoy
FB1Emil Igwenagu
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Damaris Johnson
3Brad Smith
4B.J. Cunningham
WR21Riley Cooper
2Jeff Maehl
3Arrelious Benn
4Ifeanyi Momah
5Will Murphy
WR31Jeff Maehl
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3James Casey
K1Alex Henery