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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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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

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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

Zach Ertz (oblique) is probable for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day Week 13 game against the Cowboys.

Ertz briefly left Week 12 but later returned to post a 4-30 line against the Titans. He's merely a TE2 with some TE1 upside against Dallas' tight end-friendly defense.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 01:49:00 PM

Zach Ertz (oblique) is practicing in full for Week 13.

Ertz will be ready to go for the Eagles' Thanksgiving trip to Dallas. Although the Cowboys are allowing the third-most fantasy points to tight ends, Ertz is just a TE2 as he battles his way through a disappointing season.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 01:31:00 PM

Zach Ertz caught four passes for 30 yards in Sunday's Week 12 win over the Titans.

After making an 8-yard catch in the first quarter, Ertz went to the locker room for further testing on an oblique injury. Everything came back clean and he returned to action after missing only a couple possessions. Ertz remains a complementary player, as evidenced by Brent Celek getting seven targets and James Casey stealing a touchdown. Even in a plus matchup against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Ertz is only a TE2.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 05:09:00 PM

Zach Ertz left Sunday's Week 12 game against the Titans with an oblique injury, but will return.

At the end of an 8-yard catch midway through the first quarter, Ertz appeared to pull a muscle. He walked to the locker room under his own power for further testing and was deemed questionable to return. He returned after missing roughly two series.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 01:50:00 PM

Chip Kelly reiterated that he runs a "one-tight-end offense."

"Brent Celek's doing a helluva job. It'd be very [unjust] if I told Brent he has to sit because I want to put someone else on the field. Brent's an outstanding blocker, I think he may be the best blocking tight end in the league," Kelly said. That quote sums up the situation for Zach Ertz, who is only a package player despite unique pass-catching ability. Owners should not be expecting a sudden surge from Ertz's current average of 4.8 targets per game.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 10:11:00 AM

Zach Ertz caught four passes for 55 yards in Sunday's Week 11 loss at Green Bay.

Ertz flashed his unique skill set while reaching behind him on a crossing route for nice gain late. However, his impact all came in garbage time as the Eagles got absolutely ripped. A complementary player in this Chip Kelly scheme, Ertz is now losing targets to emerging Jordan Matthews. He's a low-floor fantasy play, even in a plus Week 12 matchup against the Titans.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Mark Sanchez
3Matt Barkley
4G.J. Kinne
5Tim Tebow
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3Darren Sproles
4Matthew Tucker
5Kenjon Barner
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Darren Sproles
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Miles Austin
3Jeff Maehl
4Will Murphy
WR21Riley Cooper
2Josh Huff
3Seyi Ajirotutu
4Quron Pratt
WR31Josh Huff
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3Trey Burton
K1Cody Parkey