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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%: 89/53 | Average Draft Position: 94.90
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Eagles reducing Zach Ertz's snaps to get running game going


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Zach Ertz is the Eagles' most dangerous pass-catching tight end, but he's also the least accomplished blocker, according to Philly.com. To get the running game untracked, the Eagles played tight end Brent Celek on 57 of 73 snaps in the Week 6 win over the Giants. Ertz played 30 snaps.

Celek is one of the league's best blocking tight ends. It's no coincidence LeSean McCoy broke out for 149 yards on 22 carries Sunday night.

"We were running the ball well the whole game," Ertz told the website. "That's not my strength right now. But in the end, hopefully it will be. And I'm going to keep working hard at that."

Ertz has 19 catches for 306 yards and two touchdowns. He leads the team in third-down catches (10) and third-down catches for first downs (10).


Zach Ertz scores for first time since Week 1


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught three of five targets for 47 yards against the Giants, including a 15-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It was Ertz's first score since the season opener.

Ertz has failed to clear 50 yards since Week 2, but remains a dangerous red-zone threat. He's on a bye Week 7.


Zach Ertz coming back to Earth


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Through two games, Zach Ertz looked exactly like the star-in-the-making everyone hoped for in the offseason. After another pedestrian performance in Week 5, however, the young Eagles tight end is much tougher to pin down.

Ertz has managed 96 passing yards over the last three games combined, a far cry from the 163 yards he racked up in the first pair of games. A big shift has been the lack of big plays -- he is averaging just 10.7 yards per reception over the last three, compared to 23.3 prior.

At this point, the first two games look a bit more like the outlier, especially since the Eagles' passing game has lacked for big plays recently. Ertz certainly has the talent to make an impact, but consistency remains an issue for the second-year pro. Focus on playing him when the matchup is in his favor, rather than penciling him into the lineup every week.  


Zach Ertz tallies 39 yards in Week 5 win vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught three of six targets for 39 yards in his team's 34-28 win over the Rams in Week 5.

Ertz hasn't scored since reaching the end zone in Week 1, and he's been held to under 45 yards in each of the last three weeks after totaling 163 yards in his first two games. The Eagles host the Giants in Week 6.


Zach Ertz coughs it up


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz turned in his second straight subpar performance in the Week 4 loss at San Francisco. Ertz caught four of six targets for 43 yards and lost a critical fumble.

Early in the third quarter, Nick Foles threw short to Ertz, who was hit by safety Antoine Bethea. The ball popped straight into the hands of cornerback Perrish Cox for a turnover.

Ertz, who began the year with two strong outings, plays the Rams in Week 5.


Which way will Zach Ertz go?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/25/2014) After a couple big-yardage performances to begin the season, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught only two passes for 14 yards against Washington last week, giving reason to wonder if he's really the breakthrough star so many of us perceived him to be.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard seem undeterred, ranking him among their top six tight ends for this week, but I have my doubts. For starters, their Week 4 opponent, San Francisco, has done a good job of limiting tight ends this week. The 49ers did allow seven catches and a touchdown to the Bears' Martellus Bennett in Week 2, but for a pathetic 5.3 yards per catch. Over their three games, the 49ers have allowed the sixth-fewest Fantasy points per game to tight ends.

But even more than that, rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews' emergence last week gives quarterback Nick Foles somewhere else to look when Ertz is on the field -- which, by the way, isn't all that much. He played only 52 percent of the Eagles' snaps in Week 3, according to FootballOutsiders.com, 40th-most among tight ends. He's played 62.3 percent of their snaps this season.

Maybe that's not so surprising given the design of the Eagles offense, but looking back at Ertz's first two games, he didn't have all that many targets. His production depended on him averaging more than 20 yards per catch, which is unrealistic for a tight end. It doesn't mean you can't start him in Fantasy -- only so many options at the position, after all -- but it does make him less than automatic for me.


Zach Ertz does little in shootout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was held in check Sunday, in a 37-34 win over Washington in Week 3.

Ertz was targeted just three times in the game, and caught only two passes, his lowest total of the season. He managed just 14 yards, with a long reception of 10 yards in the win.

Ertz has been a solid contributor through three games, as he heads into Week 4 against the 49ers with nine receptions for 177 yards and a touchdown. 


Zach Ertz active for Week 3


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is active, as expected, for Week 3 against Washington. Ertz was listed on the injury report with a knee injury, but was listed on the injury report as probable to play after getting through practice. 

Zach Ertz ready to go in Week 3


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (knee) was a full participant throughout the week in practice, and is officially considered probable for Week 3 against Washington. 

Zach Ertz keeps making big plays


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Tight end Zach Ertz has turned into the Eagles' big-play receiver. He averaged 21.5 yards on his four catches Week 2 at Indianapolis after averaging 25.7 yards per reception Week 1.

Ertz didn't find the end zone Monday night like he did in the opener, but he again showed off his huge catch radius and his 24-yard reception set up the winning field goal. He drew six targets, third-most on the team, and finished with 81 receiving yards. Ertz plays the Redskins in Week 3.

Zach Ertz has breakout performance in win


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz lived up to lofty expectations when he caught three of five targets for 77 yards including a 25-yard touchdown haul vs. the Jaguars in Week 1 action. 

Ertz should continue to be a matchup problem for opponents this season including next week at the Colts.


Zach Ertz buzz hitting new heights


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Expectations continue to skyrocket for Eagles second-year tight end Zach Ertz. Tight ends coach Ted Williams was the latest to chime in, calling Ertz "one of the best route-runners I've ever seen."

"He takes a lot of pride in that," Williams added to Philly.com. "He has a lot of confidence. He's hard to defeat, because he doesn't take defeat very well. He feels, 'You can't cover me.'"

The website noted Ertz caught four touchdowns in the second half of last season and claimed he's poised to break out this year. Ertz and fellow tight end Brent Celek will have "a much bigger role in the passing game," the report said.

Ertz said he's taking every rep "personally."

"If somebody beats me, I'm going to take that personally. I want to be great," he said. "That's my goal each and every day I step out onto the field. I want to prove to myself and everybody else how good I can be, and I'm willing to work as hard as I need to achieve that goal."


Zach Ertz gets in the end zone Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz had another impressive showing as he continued to pose a threat in the red zone Friday night against New England in preseason action.

Ertz hauled in a 4-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles in the second quarter. He caught both of his targeted passes for 26 yards and a touchdown with the first-team offense.

Zach Ertz features heavily in first preseason game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was a favorite target in the first preseason game Friday against the Bears.

Ertz, who played most of the first half with two different quarterbacks, and was targeted five times, good for second on the team. He hauled in four of those passes for 60 yards, including a long reception of 34 yards.

Ertz was useful in his rookie season, but is expected to take on a larger role this season. 


Report: Zach Ertz to be Eagles' top red-zone receiver


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Second-year tight end Zach Ertz will be the Eagles' "most utilized pass-catching weapon in the red zone," reports Birds 24/7. Ertz caught five touchdowns in the last nine games last year, and the website would not be surprised if he led the team in receiving scores.

"He attacks the ball in the air, can box defenders out and is a precise route runner," the report said of Ertz, a 6-5, 250-pounder.

Zach Ertz makes biggest jump among Eagles tight ends


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Eagles offensive coordiantor Pat Shurmur said the tight end group has really improved, especially second-year pro Zach Ertz.

"When you look at each guy, Brent Celek is very veteran, but he's in great shape. He looks terrific. James Casey kind of does everything we ask him to do, whether it's run block, pass block. He's really good even out of the back ield at times," Shurmur said.

"Then Ertz has probably made the biggest improvement because he's the youngest guy. I think we can use any combination of one, two or three of them at any time. Really, we train our guys. Receivers and tight ends, they're all just skill players to us."

The Philadelphia Inquirer expects the tight ends, specifically Ertz, to benefit from the departures of receivers DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant.


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.