Zach Ertz

Philadelphia Eagles
Tight End #86
Philadelphia Eagles
Tight End #86
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Zach Ertz News

Okay with staying in Philly

Ertz is willing to play for the Eagles and plans to report for the start of training camp, according to Howard Eskin of Sports Radio 94 WIP.

Analysis: This doesn't preclude a trade, but it does suggest Ertz won't hold out or otherwise be too disgruntled if he remains with the Eagles. Outplayed by Dallas Goedert during an ineffective and injury-plagued 2020 campaign, Ertz has one season remaining on his contract and seems like a questionable fit on a rebuilding team with a new coaching staff. It's still far from a sure thing that he plays for the Eagles this season.

Jul 21, 2021 12:29 PM EST


Still on trade block

The Eagles don't plan to release Ertz but are still trying to trade him, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Whether or not it's true, the Eagles have more leverage in trade negotiations if other teams believe they're willing to hold on to Ertz, a three-time Pro Bowler coming off the worst season of an eight-year career. While his non-guaranteed $8.5 million base salary suggests a release is still possible, the Eagles might actually consider keeping the 30-year-old tight end if they can't find a decent return in a trade. Dallas Goedert may be ready for the No. 1 TE role in Philadelphia, but that doesn't mean Ertz can't still contribute in multi-TE formations. For fantasy purposes, a trade would be best for both Ertz and Goedert.

Jun 1, 2021 6:51 AM EST



Still likely to be traded?

Ertz is still a strong candidate to be traded this offseason, according to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Analysis: Given the chatter earlier this spring, it's a little surprising Ertz is still on the Eagles' roster this late in the offseason. That doesn't means he'll still be with the team for Week 1, but it does suggest trade talks haven't moved along the way the Eagles were hoping. It's also possible the team ultimately decides to keep Ertz, considering Dallas Goedert is the only other tight end on the roster with more than three NFL starts or 23 career receptions.

May 7, 2021 9:15 AM EST


Offseason move possible

The Eagles are reportedly considering trading or cutting Ertz this offseason, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: This is hardly a surprising announcement considering the Eagles difficult cap situation and the emergence of a viable replacement in Dallas Goedert. Ertz has just one year remaining on his contract and dramatically declined in 2020 while dealing with a litany of injuries, recording career-lows in just about every major statistical category. The 30-year-old could be packaged in the much rumored trade involving Carson Wentz although such a deal would likely only work for a team flush with cap space.

Feb 13, 2021 2:11 PM EST


Just 16 yards in season finale

Ertz caught three of six targets for 16 yards in Philadelphia's 20-14 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Ertz led the team in targets but wasn't able to much with them as an ineffective Jalen Hurts was benched in favor of Nate Sudfeld to start the second half. It was a fitting end to a disappointing season for the 30-year-old who enters the offseason with questions abounding as to whether he'll be back in Philadelphia next year. The Eagles can save about five million dollars in cap space by trading him and also have a younger, cheaper and very skilled replacement in Dallas Goedert. Ertz finishes the year with 36 catches for 335 yards and one touchdown in 11 games. All of those numbers a career lows.

Jan 4, 2021 10:56 PM EST



Set for top TE role Week 17

Ertz is slated to serve as the Eagles' clear No. 1 tight end Sunday against Washington with Dallas Goedert (calf) ruled out for the game, Chris McPherson of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Since Ertz returned from injured reserve Week 13 in Green Bay, he and Goedert have logged similar snap shares, but the latter has been the slightly more productive tight end, totaling 16 receptions on 24 targets to Ertz's nine and 21. Along with Goedert, the Eagles will be missing two other passing game contributors in running back Miles Sanders (knee) and receiver DeSean Jackson (ankle), so Ertz could see more looks funneled his way as a result. It's worth noting that quarterback Jalen Hurts has shown a preference to spread the ball around through his first three starts, with none of his pass catchers drawing more than eight targets in any of those games.

Jan 1, 2021 4:09 PM EST


Co-leads team in targets

Ertz caught three of his seven targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 37-17 loss to Dallas.

Analysis: Ertz saw just one look in the first half and was unable to come down with it. However, once Dallas Goedert left the game in the second half with a calf injury, the 30-year-old became a target magnet, racking up six targets in the fourth quarter to end up with a share of the team lead. If Goedert cannot return for Week 17 at home against Washington, Ertz should be a good bet for a similar load.

Dec 28, 2020 6:17 PM EST


Makes two long catches

Ertz caught two of seven targets for 69 yards during Sunday's 33-26 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Ertz finished third on the team in targets on the day but struggled to connect with Jalen Hurts on several occasions. He made the most of his two catches, however, as he delivered gains of 42 and 27 yards to lead the way in receiving yardage. Ertz had caught just four of seven targets for 39 yards over his previous two games since returning to the lineup, so while this performance wasn't his best, it was a step in the right direction with Hurts under center. The veteran will look to generate some consistency in next Sunday's tilt against the Cowboys.

Dec 20, 2020 8:08 PM EST


Frustrating year continues

Ertz caught two of his three targets for eight yards in Sunday-s 24-21 win over the Saints.

Analysis: All of Ertz's targets came in the first half. The final one appeared to be a catch along the sideline that would have gone for a first down, but it was ruled otherwise. Although he played 50 snaps total, he was not heard from again in the box score. Meanwhile, Dallas Goedert played less but garnered twice as many looks. The 30-year-old has seen just 21 targets compared to 30 for Goedert over the four full games the pair have been healthy for this year.

Dec 14, 2020 11:35 PM EST


Two catches in return

Ertz caught two of his four targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 30-16 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: After missing five games on IR, Ertz played 27 snaps to Dallas Goedert's 52. While an uptick in playing time can be expected over the rest of the season for the three-time Pro-Bowl tight end, he may struggle to produce. He has logged more than 42 receiving yards in a game just once in seven tries this year and scored just once.

Dec 7, 2020 11:13 PM EST


Ready to return Sunday

Ertz (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game at Green Bay.

Analysis: The Eagles opened Ertz's practice window on Nov. 16, but they used more than two weeks to bring him back to the active roster. After logging limited sessions both Wednesday and Thursday, he practiced in full Friday, officially clearing him to return to action. On Sunday, Ertz will be taking on a Packers defense that has allowed 8.1 yards per target (sixth most in the NFL) to tight ends this season.

Dec 4, 2020 12:57 PM EST


Should play Sunday

Coach Doug Pederson expressed optimism Ertz (ankle) will be able to play Sunday against the Packers, EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: The 30-year-old was activated off injured reserve this week and was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday, so he appears on track to return to the field this weekend. According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, Pederson also said the team has "to be smart" about Ertz's usage if he's cleared, given it would be his first game action since Week 6. Dallas Goedert should continue operating as the team's No. 1 tight end for now.

Dec 4, 2020 7:52 AM EST


Logs another limited practice

Ertz (ankle) was listed as limited on Thursday's injury report.

Analysis: The Eagles activated Ertz from injured reserve Wednesday, and he's followed it up with back-to-back limited sessions. He's seemingly on the cusp of making his first appearance since sustaining a high-ankle sprain Oct. 18 against the Ravens, but his status should continue to be watched to make sure Philly clears him to return Sunday at Green Bay.

Dec 3, 2020 1:35 PM EST


Gets in limited practice

Ertz (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Activated from IR on Wednesday, Ertz appears to be easing into things as he seeks his first appearance since Week 6. Prior to that point, he wasn't exactly clicking within the Eagles offense, hauling in 24 of 45 targets for 178 yards and one TD in six games. Ertz will look to ramp up his activity level as the week goes on.

Dec 2, 2020 1:23 PM EST


Activated from IR

Ertz (ankle) has been activated off IR by the Eagles.

Analysis: Before suffering a high-ankle sprain on Oct. 18, Ertz had caught 24 of his 45 targets for 178 yards and a TD in six games. In his absence, Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers headed the Eagles' tight end corps, but now that he's back, Ertz will push to reclaim his status as the team's top option at the position once he's fully up to speed.

Dec 2, 2020 9:49 AM EST


Won't suit up Monday

Ertz (ankle) will not be activated from IR for Monday's game against the Seahawks, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Eagles never appeared very optimistic about the chances of Ertz suiting up in Seattle, so this news only confirms the expected. The veteran tight end's next chance to play will come Week 13 in Green Bay. In the meantime, Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers will lock down Philadelphia's tight end position.

Nov 30, 2020 9:18 AM EST


Not expected to play Monday

Ertz (ankle) is not expected to play Monday against the Seahawks, Geoff Mosher of 97.5 The Fanatic Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: There was some optimism earlier in the week Ertz could be activated off injured reserve, but coach Doug Peterson essentially suggested the wait for the veteran tight end would continue into Week 13. Expect another round of Dallas Goedert and Richard Rodgers splitting the tight end reps with Ertz sidelined another week.

Nov 28, 2020 7:55 AM EST


Appears likely to return Week 12

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said that Ertz (ankle) is "trending in the right direction" to play Monday against the Seahawks, Geoff Mosher of 97.5 The Fanatic Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Since being designated to return from injured reserve Nov. 18, Ertz has experienced no reported setbacks in his recovery from the left high-ankle sprain he sustained Week 6. Assuming he continues to make progress while practicing for a second straight week, Ertz should be on track to put an end to a four-game absence Monday. Before getting hurt, Ertz was regularly handling heavy snap shares for the Eagles, but he took a major step back from a production standpoint, hauling in only 24 of 45 targets for 178 yards and a touchdown in six games. If Ertz is activated for Week 12, the Eagles could ease him back into the fold with a more modest workload than normal.

Nov 25, 2020 8:46 AM EST


Unlikely to play this week

Ertz (ankle) is unlikely to be activated for Sunday's game against the Browns, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Analysis: Ertz returned to practice earlier this week, but it appears he still has a few steps to complete in the recovery process before being activated from injured reserve. The Eagles will confirm Ertz's status for Week 11 at some point in the next day or two.

Nov 20, 2020 7:54 AM EST


Returns to practice

Ertz (ankle) is practicing Wednesday, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.

Analysis: The Eagles designated Ertz to return from injured reserve, opening a 21-day window for the team to make a decision between bringing him back to the active roster or ruling him out for the rest of the season. Ertz's practice participation suggests it will be the former, though it isn't certain he'll be activated before Sunday's game in Cleveland. The veteran tight end suffered a high-ankle sprain Week 6, leaving Richard Rodgers in a three-down role for a Week 7 win over the Giants. Dallas Goedert then returned from his own ankle injury for Week 8, logging 84 and 93 percent of snaps the past two games. Ertz's return figures to impact Goedert's playing time, though it was the 25-year-old who was more productive back in September when both tight ends were healthy.

Nov 18, 2020 11:29 AM EST


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