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TE Zach Ertz - Philadelphia Eagles

6-5, 249Born: 11-10-1990College: StanfordDrafted: Round 2

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs DAL 14 2 24 0 0 2.4
19 vs ATL 59 3 32 0 0 3.2
20 vs MIN 0 8 93 0 0 9.3
21 vs NE 64 7 67 1 0 12.7
21 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 6 * * * *
21 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * * *
21 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 20 vs MIN (8 / 8 / 93 / 0 rec)

The Eagles got back to basics with aligning with Zach Ertz as their primary receiver in this game. Ertz was used heavily on underneath routes as the team took advantage of Ertz's speed against the linebackers Andrew Sendejo and Anthony Barr. Ertz's highlight catch was a double move which was an out and up against Anthony Barr that went for a 36-yard play. Ertz had the luxury of utilizing his speed for clean separation in this game as on almost all of his catches he was wide open which allowed him to run for additional yards after the catch.

2017 Week 19 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

The Falcons seemingly game planned to take Ertz out of this game as they held him to just five targets this week which in the two full-games that he had played with Nick Foles he saw 23 targets. The Falcons bracketed Ertz for a lot of this game which made it difficult for Ertz to get open. He was able to make a key first down to extend the drive for the Eagles which ultimately led to the field goal which made it 15-10 on a quick slant that defender Brian Poole fell down and the safety who was bracketing him was not able to get over in time.

2017 Week 17 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Ertz played just 14 snaps in this game and once the team took out Nick Foles they pulled Ertz. Ertz was the one bright spot in this game from a receiving standpoint as it appears that it is clear that he is the primary target in this offense with Nick Foles as the quarterback as he made a very nice 15-yard reception and another nine-yard reception both of which Foles stared Ertz down the entire time just waiting for him to get open on the play.

2017 Week 16 vs OAK (14 / 9 / 81 / 0 rec)

Nick Foles relied heavily on Ertz in this game as he was often the primary receiver as Foles often went conservative in this game. This was evident on a 4th and 3 in which Foles checked it down immediately to Ertz on a flat route to pick up the first down. Ertz was used in a variety of routes mostly underneath but his highlight catch was on a crossing route in which the throw was only five yards downfield, but Ertz was able to use his speed to turn up the field for his gain of 25 yards. Ertz led the team with 14 targets as no other receiver had more than 7.

2017 Week 15 vs NYG (9 / 6 / 56 / 1 rec)

There were a lot of questions as to whether or not Ertz was going to play this week. He was still limited in practice the majority of the week, but he managed to clear protocol and suited up for the Eagles. Ertz tied for second on the team with 9 targets and pulled in a 10-yard touchdown grab directly up the seam. Foles laid the ball just behind the linebacker and in front of the closing in safety where only Ertz could make a play on the ball. Foles looked very comfortable throwing to both Ertz and Burton as many of his throws were check downs and short passes. If he can stay healthy, Ertz is going to play a big role in the Eagles offense for the rest of the season and throughout the playoffs.

2017 Week 13 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Ertz was largely disappointing in this game as the Seahawks just chose to take him out often double teaming and their pass rush caused Ertz to stay in and block for portions of this game. Ertz left this game with a concussion on a tough hit where his head hit the ground.

2017 Week 12 vs CHI (12 / 10 / 103 / 1 rec)

Zach Ertz finally looks healthy after having been limited with a hamstring injury over the past few weeks, as he became the first 100-yard receiver for the Eagles this season. One of the best plays for Ertz showing that he was healthy that will go unreported is a play in which went for zero yards. Ertz started on the left-hand side acted as a pulling guard yet didn't block and continued to run behind his offensive line to the flat for a reception. His total running on this play was likely 30 yards all horizontally. This was important as this type of play call trusts that a player can get open in the flat and turn up the field for positive yardage and even though Chicago played it well it was encouraging the coaching staff had faith in him to run this route. Ertz was also able to find the end zone in this game on a 17-yard post route.

2017 Week 11 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Ertz was extremely disappointing in this game as he was largely a non-factor this week. Ertz was targeted five times but these were all short routes as Ertz still looked like he was not 100% in this game.

2017 Week 8 vs SF (6 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)

Zach Ertz was largely shut down in this game as the 49ers on the season have been one of the best against the tight end, but Ertz was able to find the end zone in this game on a route in which he worked along the back end line and was able to use his speed to outrun the defender and work with a rolling out Carson Wentz to find an opening.

2017 Week 7 vs WAS (5 / 5 / 89 / 1 rec)

The chemistry between Carson Wentz and Zach Ertz continues to be evident as the two connected on all 5 of their targets today and Ertz lead the Eagles in receiving yards. The big tight end showed he can run the shorter timing routes with his 4-yard out route for a touchdown and his ability to outrun the defense on his 46-yard deep crossing route. Ertz has been a safety blanket for Wentz from day one and he continues to be an elite tight end in the NFL. Ertz beat the coverage on his 46-yard crossing route and Wentz was able to lay the ball right over his shoulder on the run and give him room to run after the catch. Ertz will have a chance to pad his stats again next week as he takes on a very soft 49er's defense.

2017 Week 6 vs CAR (5 / 2 / 18 / 2 rec)

Zach Ertz was largely a non-factor in this game except for the two touchdowns that he caught both within the ten-yard line as those were his only catches of this game. On both the touchdowns Ertz was able to use his size against the Panthers with the first touchdown he cut in front of the defender and shielded him for an easy touchdown, and the second touchdown Wentz used Ertz' height for an easy passing touchdown as he jumped up to a point where the defender could not get to the ball.

2017 Week 5 vs ARI (12 / 6 / 61 / 1 rec)

Ertz continues to be the reliable and consistent piece in this offense as once again he led the team in targets and receptions as he had 12 targets this week. Ertz continues to be the first or second read in almost all of plays that they design especially since the team is not even looking Alshon Jeffery's way due to the tough matchups that he has encountered so far this season. Ertz was able to make a highlight reel catch for a touchdown on an in-route in which Ertz caught the ball at the four-yard line and barreled over the defensive player on a second effort for the touchdown.

2017 Week 4 vs LAC (8 / 5 / 81 / 0 rec)

Ertz continues to be the most reliable receiver on this team as he once again led the team in yardage, targets, receptions and was on the field for 76% of the plays this week. Ertz in a favorable matchup was able to capitalize as one of his highlight plays was a seam route where he simply ran past the linebacker in coverage. The one area Ertz has struggled with this season is in the red-zone as he was not targeted in the red-zone in this game.

2017 Week 3 vs NYG (10 / 8 / 55 / 1 rec)

Ertz continues to be the leading receiver on this Eagles team as he led the team in both targets and receptions in this game and scored the team's lone receiving touchdown. Ertz made up for a dropped touchdown as on the next play he went over the middle and took a big hit after catching the ball, but was able to hold onto the ball for the score.

2017 Week 2 vs KC (10 / 5 / 97 / 0 rec)

Ertz continues to see significant volume in the passing game as he is one of the most trustworthy receivers for the . Ertz highlight play this week was a 53 yard reception that should have been intercepted on an overthrown ball by Carson Wentz. The Ball bounced off of the receivers hands into ErtzÝ hands which Ertz was able to run inside the ten yard line. Ertz was on the field 83% of plays this week and should continue to see a significant workload as the team uses the athletic tight end in multiple sets including out of the slot.

2017 Week 1 vs WAS (8 / 8 / 93 / 0 rec)

Zach Ertz was able to take advantage of the tough matchup that Jeffery had in this game as Wentz targeted Ertz eight times and Ertz took advantage of this catching the ball all eight times. He remains the most consistent option in this offense as he was tied with the most snaps and most targets in this game. Ertz continues to try to get open and adjusts his route to Wentz to get open as Wentz was able to scramble out of pressure to hit Ertz several times in this game.


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