Zach Ertz

Arizona Cardinals
Tight End #86
Arizona Cardinals
Tight End #86
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Zach Ertz News

Finalizing three-year contract

Ertz is finalizing a three-year contract with the Cardinals on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Ertz had a disappointing start to the 2021 campaign with the Eagles but thrived after he was traded to Arizona in mid-October. Across 11 appearances with the Cardinals, he secured 56 of 81 targets for 574 yards and three touchdowns. Once the 31-year-old's contract is finalized, he should remain among the highest-paid tight ends in the league.

Mar 13, 2022 3:13 PM EST

Racks up 74 receptions in 2021

Ertz posted 74 catches (on 112 targets) for 763 yards and five touchdowns in 17 games between the Eagles and Cardinals during the 2021 campaign.

Analysis: One day removed from the Eagles' Week 6 loss to the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football, the only team Ertz ever knew shipped him to the desert after eight-plus mostly fruitful campaigns. At the time of his arrival in Arizona, he only had an 18-189-2 line on 31 targets through six games, so his final marks are telling for his increasing importance as the months wore on. The biggest catalyst in Ertz's revival was an injured DeAndre Hopkins, who missed eight of the final 10 games (including playoffs) with hamstring and knee issues. Kyler Murray turned to Ertz often, especially during a four-game stretch Weeks 15-18, when he earned 43 targets and eventually matched the franchise record for catches by a tight end in a single season with 56. After Sunday's wild-card loss to the Rams, Ertz told Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site that he "would love to be a part" of the team moving forward, but the upcoming unrestricted free agent likely will be fielding multiple offers from other organizations as of mid-March.

Jan 18, 2022 8:18 PM EST

Leads team pass catchers

Ertz caught seven passes for 84 yards on 10 targets against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: Ertz was the only Arizona pass catcher who could get anything going Sunday, even in what was a favorable matchup for the Arizona passing game. Despite his unceremonious exit from Philadelphia earlier this year, Ertz clearly has a good bit left in the tank, and even as an in-season pickup he almost immediately became one of the most important parts of the Arizona offense. In his 11 games with Arizona the tight end caught 56 passes for 574 yards and three touchdowns on 81 targets. He'll likely be a central component of the Arizona offense in their playoff gameplan.

Jan 9, 2022 6:05 PM EST

Posts seven more catches Sunday

Ertz gathered in seven of nine passes for 41 yards during Sunday's 25-22 win at Dallas.

Analysis: Ertz continues to be heavily involved in the offense since DeAndre Hopkins (knee) was lost for the rest of the regular season following Week 14. Over the past three games, Ertz has been targeted 33 times, resulting in a 21-169-0 receiving line. Ertz also led all Cardinals skill-position players not named Murray by logging 69 of 76 offensive snaps Sunday. Considering the workload, Ertz remains a viable option for Week 18, especially against a Seahawks defense that has given up 10 total touchdowns (tied for third most in the NFL) and 7.9 yards per target (ninth most) to tight ends this season.

Jan 3, 2022 2:46 PM EST

Logs full practice Thursday

Ertz (hamstring) was a full practice participant Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: After following an LP/LP/FP practice regimen last week, Ertz logged his first uncapped session on his second opportunity during Week 17 prep. With his health not in question ahead of Sunday's game in Dallas, he's poised for another massive workload, as he's coming off double-digit targets in the first two contests since DeAndre Hopkins (knee) was lost for the rest of the regular season. In those pair of appearances, Ertz combined for 14 catches (on 24 targets) for 128 yards.

Dec 30, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Still limited by hamstring injury

Ertz (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ertz has tended to hamstring injuries in both of his locales this season, with the current one showing up for a third straight week. Still, he hasn't missed a game and increased his snap share in each of the past five games from 76 to 97 percent. Ertz has gobbled up 28 of 42 targets for 268 yards and two touchdowns during that span, so he should be set for a decent amount of work over the final two contests of the campaign, especially with DeAndre Hopkins (knee) on IR and running backs James Conner (heel) and Chase Edmonds (back) both banged up at the moment.

Dec 29, 2021 1:24 PM EST

Sees season-high 13 targets

Ertz reeled in eight of 13 targets for 71 yards during Saturday's 22-16 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Since the Cardinals lost DeAndre Hopkins (knee) for the rest of the regular season after Week 14, Kyler Murray has targeted Ertz a whopping 24 times over the last two contests. But the increase in volume has yielded tepid results in the game log, as Ertz has combined for 14 catches for 145 yards and no touchdowns. He actually hasn't reached the end zone, either, since Week 11 -- a span of four outings -- and has yet to get to the century mark in receiving yards in eight appearances with Arizona. In any case, Ertz will look to take advantage of his new standing as Murray's favorite in a showdown at Dallas on Sunday, Jan. 2.

Dec 25, 2021 9:02 PM EST

Set to play Saturday

Ertz (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Saturday's contest versus the Colts, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ertz kicked off Week 16 prep with back-to-back limited listings on Cardinals injury reports, only to cap it with a full showing at Thursday's practice. He's thus set to take on an Indianapolis defense that has allowed the most total yards (949) and fifth-most touchdowns (eight, tied with three other teams) to tight ends this season.

Dec 23, 2021 1:26 PM EST

Stays limited Wednesday

Ertz (hamstring) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: This marks the third practice report in a row dating back to last week in which the Cardinals have listed Ertz as limited due to a hamstring issue. He wasn't worse for wear this past Sunday at Detroit, gathering in six off 11 targets for 74 yards. Thursday's report will relay whether he heads into Saturday's game versus the Colts with an injury designation.

Dec 22, 2021 1:50 PM EST

Limited listing Tuesday

Ertz (hamstring) is listed as limited on Tuesday's practice estimate, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: In the first game with DeAndre Hopkins (knee) officially out for the rest of the regular season, Ertz earned a season-high 11 targets this past Sunday in Detroit, which he turned into six catches for 74 yards. Ertz also dealt with the hamstring issue prior to that contest and proceeded to suit up, but his activity still will need to be monitored to make sure he's available Saturday versus the Colts.

Dec 21, 2021 3:28 PM EST

Targeted 11 times in loss

Ertz (hamstring) caught six of 11 targets for 74 yards in Sunday's 30-12 loss to Detroit.

Analysis: Ertz was a late addition to the injury report Friday but didn't seem hampered by the hamstring injury, ranking second behind Christian Kirk in catches, targets and receiving yards. The 11 targets were a season high for the veteran tight end, who should continue to play a prominent pass-catching role in Week 16 against the Colts with top wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (knee) having been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season.

Dec 19, 2021 2:09 PM EST

Playing in Week 15

Ertz (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game at Detroit.

Analysis: A late-week addition to the Cardinals' injury report, Ertz will sidestep the hamstring issue that limited him at Friday's practice and earned him a questionable designation for this contest. Now that he's been confirmed as available for Week 15 action, he'll look to strike against a Lions defense that has allowed nearly 8.0 yards per target (seventh worst in the NFL) but only four total TDs (tied for 18th most) to tight ends in 13 games this season.

Dec 19, 2021 8:34 AM EST

Trending toward playing Sunday

Ertz (hamstring) is on track to play Sunday against the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The same applies to running back James Conner (ankle), with the duo's Week 15 status set to be confirmed before the first wave of games Sunday, given that Arizona and Detroit kick off at 1:00 ET. Ertz was added to Cardinals' injury report as 'questionable' on Friday after the tight end logged a limited practice due to a hamstring issue.

Dec 19, 2021 4:58 AM EST

Added to report with hamstring injury

Ertz (hamstring) was added to the injury report Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Detroit, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The end-of-week addition is worrisome for anyone counting on the veteran tight end in a fantasy lineup this week, though it doesn't necessarily mean his hamstring issue is serious. If Ertz doesn't end up playing, the Cardinals will be left with Demetrius Harris and Darrell Daniels at tight end.

Dec 17, 2021 1:19 PM EST

Makes five more catches Monday

Ertz gathered in five of seven targets for 42 yards during Monday's 30-23 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Ertz had some practice limitations during Week 14 prep due to a shoulder injury, but he wasn't worse for wear on game day, earning a snap share (83 percent) in line with the previous four contests (76-81 percent). Kyler Murray again spread the ball around among the Cardinals' key skill-position players, with Ertz tying for third in catches, sitting fourth in targets and finishing fifth in receiving yards on the team. Ertz has a friendly matchup on tap Sunday against a Lions defense that has allowed nearly 8.0 yards per target (seventh most in the NFL) to tight ends this season.

Dec 14, 2021 12:47 PM EST

All clear for divisional showdown

Ertz (shoulder) was not listed on the team's final injury report ahead of Monday's matchup against the Rams, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ertz was a full participant in Saturday's practice after being limited in the previous two, setting the stage for the veteran tight end to get the all clear ahead of Monday's pivotal contest. The 31-year-old had just one reception in last week's run-heavy win over the Bears, but previously had at least three catches in each of the last six contests.

Dec 11, 2021 3:12 PM EST

Limited at practice again

Ertz (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ertz seems to have picked up the injury during last Sunday's 33-22 loss to the Bears, though he handled his usual snap share (77 percent) in a run-heavy game for Arizona. Consecutive limited practices should put the tight end on track for Monday's game against the Rams, with Saturday representing his last chance at full participation before the crucial NFC West matchup.

Dec 10, 2021 4:48 PM EST

Dealing with shoulder issue

Ertz was listed as limited on Thursday's practice report due to a shoulder injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ertz now has made exactly six appearances apiece for the Eagles and Cardinals this season, and he has 31 targets in both locales. Still, he's produced more in Arizona, with a 23-279-3 receiving line versus 18-189-2 in Philly prior to his trade midseason. Ertz is tending to a shoulder injury Week 14, but he'll have a pair of sessions to bump up to full before the Cards potentially give him a designation for Monday's game against the Rams.

Dec 9, 2021 3:30 PM EST

Quiet in win

Ertz secured one of two targets for 10 yards in the Cardinals' 33-22 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: Ertz and the rest of the pass-catching corps had a very quiet afternoon, with the returning Kyler Murray only putting the ball up 15 times. The veteran tight end's downturn notwithstanding, he's already proven an excellent fit in the Cardinals' offense, posting a 22-269-3 line on 29 targets in his first five games in Arizona prior to Sunday.

Dec 5, 2021 5:10 PM EST

Dominant production

Ertz caught eight passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns on nine targets against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: The Arizona passing game appeared in peril heading into this game due to the absences of Kyler Murray (ankle) and DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring), but Ertz stepped up and abused the Seattle defense even with Colt McCoy at quarterback. It won't be as easy for Ertz to stay consistently involved when Hopkins returns, but at the very least the tight end has shown that he has enough in the tank to step up to a leading role if any of the other pass catchers are missing.

Nov 21, 2021 5:24 PM EST

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