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Height/Weight: 6-5/250 | Birthdate: 11/10/1990 | Birthplace: Orange, CA, USA | Team: Philadelphia | College: Stanford | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 14/6 | Average Draft Position: 110.53
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Zach Ertz 'could be the X-factor' in Eagles' offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Following Sunday's practice, the Philadelphia Inquirer praised the development of Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and said he "could be the X-factor" in the offense this year. The paper noted linebacker DeMeco Ryans "had zero chance keeping up with the second-year player when he ran a zig route up the numbers on one play."

Ertz made several catches during the practice, but dropped a short throw in individual drills, the paper said. He had 36 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.


Eagles address WR need with Jordan Matthews


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) The Eagles needed a receiver with DeSean Jackson gone, and they addressed the position by drafting Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews in the second round.

Matthews will likely be No. 3 on the depth chart behind Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, and he will have minimal Fantasy value in 2014. He should, however, help Nick Foles and the Eagles offense.

Matthews is a good receiver, but he's not a burner, which the Eagles will miss with Jackson gone. Still, this receiving corps is starting to look solid with Maclin, Cooper, Matthews, Zach Ertz, LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles.

It should only help Folk, who depended heavily on Jackson last year. He's still a low-end No. 1 Fantasy quarterback, but he's a great one to wait for with a late-round pick.

As for Matthews, he's only worth a late-round flier in standard leagues, and he's a solid second-round pick in rookie-only formats.


Eagles will be OK even without DeSean Jackson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/6/2014) The Eagles lost DeSean Jackson this offseason, and Fantasy owners are concerned their offense could struggle without a deep threat down the field. It's possible, but there's still plenty of talent for Fantasy owners to tap into even though Jackson is gone.

For an in-depth look at some of the top Eagles players -- Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Zach Ertz -- check out this blog I wrote in looking at their preseason outlooks. A lot can change between now and the start of the season, but here is one view on the Eagles heading into this year.

If you disagree, feel free to discuss any differences with me on Twitter @jameyeisenberg


Zach Ertz headed for "huge role"


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/5/2014) Eagles coach Chip Kelly seems to believe that gigantic tight end Zach Ertz "can have a huge role" in 2014, helping the team replace receiver DeSean Jackson. The Philadelphia Inquirer noted that several Pro Bowl caliber tight ends made a huge jump from Year 1 to Year 2, including the likes of Antonio Gates, Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. The paper believes he'll see a jump in playing time, especially if he can improve his blocking. 

"He's got the ability to be a flexed-out guy," Eagles GM Howie Roseman said. "He can play with his hand down. He can play in the slot. He can line up outside. He's a hard guy to cover because he's got really good feet, [and] obviously he's big."


Zach Ertz looking to take next step


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz had some big games down the stretch of his rookie season, catching two touchdown passes against the Cardinals and making six grabs for 57 yards and a score at Minnesota. Ertz is preparing for a bigger 2014 role. 

“I want to be more of a complete tight end," he told the team's website. "I don’t want there to be a situation where I have to come off the field because it’s a running play or a passing play and the coaches feel they have to get me off the field. That’s what I’m working for this year.”

Ertz finished with 36 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns while sharing time with Brent Celek and James Casey. The website said the Eagles plan to move Ertz around the formation "quite a bit" and use his ability "to get down the field."


Eagles using Broncos' offense as a model


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Eagles quarterback Nick Foles won't lack for targets in 2014. Receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin are under contract, joining receiver DeSean Jackson, tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek and of course running back LeSean McCoy.

Askef if there will be enough passes to go around, general manager Howie Roseman told Birds 24/7 that he's trying to follow Denver's model.

"When you look at how many offensive plays that you have over the course of the season, there’s a lot of opportunities to spread the ball around, get people involved," Roseman said. "I don’t think you have to look further than when you look at the Denver Broncos and how many options they have in their passing game and how big of an advantage that is when you have guys all around the field and you can get different personnel groups and that’s what we’re looking to do. We're looking to be an explosive, dynamic offense and when you talk about the skills that he has, Jeremy, certainly he adds to that group."

Maclin was the latest to sign when he inked a one-year deal Saturday.


Zach Ertz scores in first playoff game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2014) Eagles rookie tight end Zach Ertz stepped up for an injured Brent Celek as he found the end zone during Saturday's Wild Card playoff loss to the Saints.

Ertz caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles with 4:54 remaining in the game before Shayne Graham drilled the game-winner for the Saints as time expired. He caught three of the four passes thrown his way for 22 yards and a touchdown in a 26-24 defeat.

Eagles tight ends make big impact Week 17


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Eagles tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz made their presence felt Week 17 at Dallas. Celek caught three passes for 71 yards, including a 35-yarder and a 14-yard touchdown. Ertz hauled in three receptions for 43 yards.

Each tight end was targeted five times, tied for the team lead with receiver Jason Avant. Celek has scored in consecutive weeks entering Saturday's playoff game vs. New Orleans.


Eagles get myriad offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2013) The Eagles received many offensive contributions in their 54-11 win over Chicago. Among those, running back Chris Polk ran twice for 12 yards and a touchdown and had an 8-yard reception. It was Polk's second score in the past three weeks.

Tight end Zach Ertz caught a 27-yard pass, while receiver Jason Avant hauled in all three of his targets for 26 yards. Wideout Brad Smith had a 2-yard carry. They'll all visit Dallas in Week 17.


Zach Ertz poses Week 16 dilemma


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2013) In two of the past three weeks, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has produced TE1 numbers. He caught five passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns Week 13 vs. Arizona, and six catches for 57 yards and a score last week at Minnesota.

So why wouldn't you plug and play a tight end like that? For starters, Ertz continues to split snaps with Brent Celek. Week 15 was the first time Ertz got more time than Celek. Ertz's big games occurred with Nick Foles throwing an average of 41 times. Philly figures to attack Chicago on the ground, meaning fewer targets for Ertz.

Ertz is just as likely to put up a dud. He had zero catches Week 14 and Week 10. In four of his past seven games, Ertz caught two or fewer passes for no more than 31 yards. 

A 6-5, 250-pounder who's just 23, Ertz is an intriguing Dynasty prospect. Don't play him in Fantasy's championship week unless you're in a two-tight end league.


Zach Ertz finds the end zone Week 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz scored a touchdown Week 15 against the Vikings.

Ertz was Foles' second most popular target, picking up six catches for 57 yards. He was targeted nine times. Ertz also managed to score on a 3 yard catch in the third quarter. It was Ertz's fourth touchdown of the year. He'll take on the Bears Week 16.


Several Eagles make minor plays in win over Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Running back Bryce Brown contributed the most among the minor players for the Eagles in their defeat of Detroit on Sunday. He managed 19 yards on six carries and added a catch for 13 yards.

Tight end Brent Celek had two catches for 29 yards. Fellow tight end Zach Ertz was blanked.


Zach Ertz fine for clash against Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is ready to roll for the game Sunday against visiting Detroit. He had been deemed probable with a shoulder injury.

Four Eagles ready to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) Eagles TE Zach Ertz, DT Bennie Logan, DT Damion Square and WR Jeff Maehl are probable Week 14 against the Lions.

Ertz has been limited by a shoulder injury, but practiced in full all week. Logan, Square and Maehl were all able to participate in full practice Friday. 


Zach Ertz scores twice in Week 13


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2013) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught five passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 24-21 victory over the Cardinals. Ertz was targeted six times. 

Ertz caught a six-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a 24-yard pass in the third. The 68 yards were a season high, and Ertz now has three touchdowns in his last four games. 

Brent Celek, the Eagles' other tight end, caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in the game. The Cardinals came into the game having allowed 11 touchdowns to tight ends this season, the most in the NFL. 

The Eagles face the Lions in Week 14.


Zach Ertz and Brent Celek limit each others' Fantasy value


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/27/2013) Eagles tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek have spent most of the season cannibalizing each others' value. Ertz has one touchdown and one game of 50 or more receiving yards. Celek has three touchdowns and two games of 50 or more yards.

Coming out of the bye, there's always a chance that the Eagles may have tweaked their tight end strategy, but we won't know what the tweaks were until after the game. This deep into the season, though, it's pretty safe to assume that neither tight end will have much value while the other is around.

Ertz and Celek can be left on the bench in most formats.

Zach Ertz gets a couple grabs


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/17/2013) After being shut out Week 10 at Green Bay, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz had two catches for 31 yards Week 11 against Washington. He was targeted three times.

Ertz is averaging 1.9 catches in 11 games this season. He has only once had more than three catches in a game, grabbing five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown Week 9 at Oakland.


Philadelphia's tight ends not doing much in Green Bay


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Eagles tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz both failed to make an impact during Sunday's contest against the Eagles in Week 10.

Celek caught a 7-yard pass from Nick Foles in the opening play of the game. He was not targeted again for the rest of the game. Ertz finished the game without a target.

Both tight ends will be seeking a bounce-back game in Week 11 against the Redskins.

Zach Ertz, Brent Celek too risky to trust Week 10


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2013) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz could leapfrog Brent Celek as a sneaky Fantasy play, especially for those who need a bye week replacement heading into Week 10 at Green Bay.

With Nick Foles under center, Ertz was one of his primary targets in Week 9 against the Raiders. He caught five of the six passes throw his way for 42 yards and a touchdown. The veteran Celek was only targeted four times and had three grabs for 27 yards and a touchdown against Oakland.

Ertz has eight catches for 80 yards and a touchdown while Celek has been limited to only six receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown over the past three games. Opposing tight ends have scored 9.50 Fantasy points per game against the Packers this season. Tight ends have only scored twice in the last six games.

Theses two tight ends have been a bit inconsistent to trust as of late, and should only be considered in deeper Fantasy formats for Week 10.

Zach Ertz gets involved in Eagles rout


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz churned out a solid game Week 9 against the Raiders. 

Ertz was tied for the team lead with six targets. He finished the game with five receptions and 42 yards. His longest reception of the day was a 15 yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. Quarterback Nick Foles spread the ball around, targeting nine different receivers, but Ertz managed to be a consistent target. 

Ertz will take on the Packers Week 10.


Eagles tight ends combine for three catches Week 8


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Eagles tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz combined for three catches during a 15-7 loss Week 8 vs. N.Y. Giants. Celek totaled two catches for 17 yards, while Ertz had one catch for 5 yards.

Celek was targeted three times, while Ertz was targeted four times. Celek's first target on the team's opening drive was picked off because of a miscommunication with quarterback Michael Vick, who eventually left the game late in the first quarter after aggravating a hamstring injury. Half of Ertz's targets came from rookie quarterback Matt Barkley, who replaced Vick.

The Eagles are back in action Week 9 at Oakland. Barkley might have to start next week, if Vick and Nick Foles (concussion) are out.


Eagles TEs looking at good matchup Week 8


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2013) The Giants have had their troubles with opposing tight ends in 2013, which means good news for Eagles tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz heading into their Week 8 rematch with New York.

The duo combined for five catches for 85 yards and one touchdown Week 5 against the Giants. Celek had a 25-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of a 36-21 win.

Through seven games against New York, tight ends average 66.1 receiving yards and 10 Fantasy points per week, which is the sixth-highest average. Tight ends have also totaled five touchdowns.

While the matchup is favorable for the Eagles' tight ends Week 8, the duo have been cutting into each other's production, so Celek and Ertz aren't slam-dunk options. Both players are no better than No. 2 Fantasy tight ends Week 8.


Zach Ertz, Bryce Brown don't do much Week 7


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Eagles running back Bryce Brown and tight end Zach Ertz had minor contributions during a 17-3 loss Week 7 vs. Dallas. 

Brown totaled two carries for 4 yards, while Ertz had three catches for 33 yards. The Eagles are back in action Week 8 vs. N.Y. Giants.


Brent Celek, Zach Ertz combine for 23 yards


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Eagles tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz combined to make a few catches during the Week 6 road test at Tampa Bay Sunday. The starter Celek only saw one target compared to Ertz's six in the game.

Ertz went for three grabs for 13 yards and did not score. Celek caught one pass for 10 yards in the game and also didn't socre for the Eagles.

Philadelphia hasn't seen a lot of usage out of tight ends this season, but Ertz clearly made more impact Sunday. The Eagles play against Dallas Week 7.

Three Eagles players combine for five catches Week 5


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, wide receiver Jason Avant and wide receiver Riley Cooper didn't have impactful contributions during a 36-21 win Week 5 at N.Y. Giants. 

Ertz had two catches (three targets) for 38 yards, Avant had three catches (seven targets) for 33 yards and Cooper had no catches (one target).

Avant and Cooper were both targeted on failed touchdown passes Sunday. Avant was overthrown on a 9-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, while Cooper had a 31-yard touchdown pass thrown out of his reach in the second half.

The Eagles are back in action Week 6 at Tampa Bay.