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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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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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Nick Foles
2Mark Sanchez
3Matt Barkley
4G.J. Kinne
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Darren Sproles
3Chris Polk
4Matthew Tucker
5Kenjon Barner
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Chris Polk
3RB1Darren Sproles
2LeSean McCoy
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Jordan Matthews
3Josh Huff
4Ifeanyi Momah
5Will Murphy
WR21Riley Cooper
2Brad Smith
3Damaris Johnson
4Jeff Maehl
5Arrelious Benn
WR31Jordan Matthews
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3James Casey
4Trey Burton
K1Alex Henery
2Cody Parkey