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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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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. Jun 28 - 6:25 PM
Source: CSN Philly

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Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said Zach Ertz has similar tools to Shannon Sharpe and Ozzie Newsome.

Sharpe and Newsome are two of eight tight ends in the Hall of Fame. Ertz is obviously nowhere near that stratosphere yet, but he has the unique size (6'5/250) and athletic traits to be a difference-maker. "He's an excellent route runner. Guys that big and run that well and have the skills and tools to be precise – body control, strength, size, leverage – I think they're different. There aren't a lot of them like that," Williams said. Ertz is going to be a major part of the Eagles' plan to replace DeSean Jackson, and is one of our favorite back-end TE1s.
Jun 19 - 12:00 PM

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Zach Ertz "seems to be devoting himself" to improving as a blocker.

Ertz's poor blocking cost him snaps to James Casey last season. Ertz is ticketed for a big role either way in 2014, but could become a near every-down player if he shores up his blocking.
Jun 10 - 6:01 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer says Zach Ertz has the best chance to "dramatically increase his numbers" with DeSean Jackson gone.

"I think Zach can have a huge role," coach Chip Kelly said. Beat writer Jeff McLane notes that the Eagles had a first-round grade on Ertz when they took him 35th overall last season, and also points to a history of Year 2 production from elite NFL tight ends. Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Jason Witten all saw massive statistical leaps as sophomores. An every-down mismatch at 6'5/250, Ertz is going to be featured this season.
May 5 - 10:12 AM

GM Howie Roseman said TE Zach Ertz is primed for a bigger role in the passing game this season.

It's not just media and fantasy pundits projecting big things for Ertz. The Eagles coaches and front office expect it as well. Ertz had 36 catches on 56 targets last season while playing 41 percent of the snaps. This year, we're expecting a ton of "12" formations out of the Eagles, something they clearly foresaw while releasing DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant. Ertz is going to be a featured, high-snap player.
May 1 - 11:38 AM

Eagles TE Zach Ertz expects to take a "massive step forward" in 2014.

Ertz lost significant playing time as a rookie to Brent Celek, but is a lock to see more passing down snaps with the loss of DeSean Jackson. If he can improve his blocking, Ertz could push for an every-down role. "I want to be more of a complete tight end," Ertz said. "I don’t want there to be a situation where I have to come off the field because it’s a running play."
Apr 25 - 5:16 PM

Philly.com'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

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