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Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz

Tight End #86
ADP:Round: 4, Pick: 4
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 249 lb.
College:Stanford
Age:29
Born:October 10, 1990
Drafted:2013 / Rd. 2 (35)
Draft Team:PHI

Zach Ertz: Eagles exercise 2021 option

Philadelphia picked of Ertz's contract option for 2021 Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The news isn't a major surpise as the 29-year-old is set to earn $8 million and $8.5 million over the next two seasons, but the move officially puts him on the books for 2021. Ertz sustained a cracked rib and lacerated kidney Week 16 and missed the regular-season finale, but he returned to play 61 offensive snaps in the wild-card loss to the Seahawks. He finished the season with 88 catches for 916 yards and six touchdowns in 2019, and he'll enter next season as a top target for quarterback Carson Wentz.

March 27, 2020 7:02 AM EST

Zach Ertz: Won't be healthy for some time

Ertz told Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday that it'll take some time to get back to 100 percent. "They said it's probably going to take another month to feel back to myself after everything that went on," Ertz added.

Analysis: Ertz was referencing the cracked rib and lacerated kidney that's inhibited him since picking them up Week 16. The issues combined to keep Ertz sidelined in the regular-season finale, and he wasn't medically cleared to play through the latter concern until Saturday. He proceeded to play 88 percent of the offensive snaps during Sunday's wild-card loss to the Seahawks, gathering in two of four passes for 44 yards in the process. With plenty of time to recover, Ertz no doubt will be healthy by the time the offseason program kicks off in the spring. His future with the Eagles seemingly is in some question, though, as the 29-year-old is due $12.5 million in 2020, and the team has talented second-year TE Dallas Goedert waiting in the wings.

January 6, 2020 5:29 PM EST

Zach Ertz: Pair of grabs in final loss

Ertz (ribs) secured two of four targets for 44 yards in the Eagles' 17-9 wild-card loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.

Analysis: Ertz battled back from both ribs and kidney injuries to play in the contest, but he ultimately was only able to make a modest impact. The fact Carson Wentz (concussion) was knocked out of the contest early certainly didn't help Ertz's cause, and backup Josh McCown turned much more often to Ertz's position mate Dallas Goedert. Ertz finished the regular season with the second-highest reception (88), receiving yardage (916) and touchdown (six) totals of his career across 15 games, and he'll look to make a similar impact again in 2020 while sharing the position with the emerging Dallas Goedert.

January 5, 2020 5:28 PM EST

Zach Ertz: Suiting up for wild-card round

Ertz (ribs) is listed as active Sunday against the Seahawks.

Analysis: In Week 16, Ertz played through a cracked rib and lacerated kidney, which combined to force a hospital visit after the game. Thus, it's no surprise he didn't suit up for Philly's regular-season finale. Per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ertz didn't get cleared for contact until Saturday, but his ability to log limited practices all week put him into a position to return. While Ertz will be available to an Eagles offense short of experience in the skill positions, he may be relegated to a decoy with second-year tight end Dallas Goedert, who averaged 7.9 targets per game over the last seven, also on hand.

January 5, 2020 12:13 PM EST

Zach Ertz: Expects to be cleared to play

Ertz (ribs) is expected to be cleared to play in Sunday's Wild Card matchup with the Seahawks, Derrick Gunn of NBCS Philly reports.

Analysis: Ertz suffered a lacerated kidney and broken ribs in Week 16, but has apparently recovered enough to give it a go Sunday. Coach Doug Pederson expressed optimism regarding his status at Friday's news conference, so he has seemingly been trending in this direction. Still, there has been no officially announcement made by the team yet.

January 4, 2020 11:42 AM EST

Zach Ertz: Listed as questionable

Ertz (ribs/back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Seahawks after practicing in a limited fashion this week.

Analysis: As of Friday, Ertz had yet to to be cleared for contact, with coach Doug Pederson noting that the Eagles are awaiting word "on a few doctor results (Saturday). If things go favorable, (Ertz) will play and if they don't, he won't." If the tight end isn't cleared to suit up, or ends up being limited Sunday, added looks would be available for the capable Dallas Goedert.

January 3, 2020 12:39 PM EST

Zach Ertz: Not cleared for contact

Coach Doug Pederson said Friday that Ertz (ribs/back) has yet to be cleared for contact, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old should work as a limited participant for the third straight practice as the team is expecting to receive test results Saturday. Pederson also said , "If things go favorable he'll play. If they don't he won't." Ertz likely will be listed questionable when the Eagles release their official injury report later Friday, but his status is unlikely to receive a worthwhile update for the wild-card matchup until Saturday.

January 3, 2020 7:21 AM EST

Zach Ertz: Logs another limited session

Ertz (ribs/back) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday.

Analysis: We'll look for added clarity with regard to the tight end's status Friday, but it was reported Wednesday that he hasn't yet been cleared for contact. If Ertz gets the green light on that front in advance of the Eagles' final practice of the week, his outlook for Sunday's game against the Seahawks would brighten, but given that it's the postseason, he'll no doubt do anything in his power to be available this weekend.

January 2, 2020 2:05 PM EST

Zach Ertz: Listed as limited on practice estimate

Ertz (ribs/back) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice estimate.

Analysis: The Eagles conducted a walk-through Wednesday, so what Ertz does Thursday should be more relevant with regard to his status for Sunday's playoff game against the Seahawks. The tight end hopes to tough things out this weekend, but Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal previously relayed that at this stage of the week, Ertz is not yet medically cleared for contact.

January 1, 2020 12:42 PM EST

Zach Ertz: Not cleared for contact

Ertz (ribs) hasn't been cleared for contact, but he may participate in Wednesday's walkthrough practice, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.

Analysis: The Eagles hope to have Ertz available for Sunday's playoff game against Seattle, though he'll likely be fighting through pain if he's able to suit up. The tight end is recovering from a cracked rib and a kidney laceration, having already missed a must-win game Week 17 against the Giants. Another absence would translate to expanded roles for both Dallas Goedert and Joshua Perkins.

January 1, 2020 7:47 AM EST

Zach Ertz: Hoping to return for wild-card game

Coach Doug Pederson confirmed that Ertz (ribs/back/kidney) has a chance to return for Sunday's playoff game against the Seahawks, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Pederson refused to elaborate, neither confirming nor denying recent reports that suggest Ertz is recovering from a lacerated kidney as well as a cracked rib. The tight end played through his injuries in a Week 16 win over Dallas, but he wasn't able to suit up Week 17 against the Giants. Dallas Goedert and Joshua Perkins took on larger roles in Ertz's absence, with the former playing 100 percent of offensive snaps while the latter handled 78 percent (career highs for both). The two tight ends combined for 16 targets, which translates to 40 percent of the team total. It isn't clear if they'll have that same opportunity in the playoffs, as Pederson expects Ertz to manage some level of practice participation later this week, per Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

December 30, 2019 9:40 AM EST

Zach Ertz: Has chance to play wild-card round

Ertz (rib/back), who won't play in Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Giants, could be available for the wild-card round if the Eagles clinch a playoff spot in Week 17, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport relays that in addition to playing through a cracked rib in the Eagles' crucial Week 16 win over the Cowboys, Ertz also suffered a lacerated kidney that hospitalized him after the game. The tight end was also listed with a more minor back issue on the Eagles' official injury report this week, and the trio of injuries unsurprisingly kept him from practicing with the team Wednesday through Friday. It's far from a lock that Ertz will be ready to play by next weekend, and he would likely be less than 100 percent healthy if he does, but the Eagles aren't preparing to shut him down yet.

December 29, 2019 6:57 AM EST

Zach Ertz: Sidelined for Week 17

The Eagles ruled Ertz (ribs/back) out for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Ertz wasn't able to practice in any capacity this week while nursing a fractured rib and a back injury, effectively sealing his fate for the regular-season finale. Philadelphia will thus look to clinch the NFC East title without the services of two of its top targets in Ertz and wideout Nelson Agholor (knee), who will be sidelined for a fourth straight game. Tight end Dallas Goedert, receiver Greg Ward and running backs Miles Sanders and Boston Scott likely profile as quarterback Carson Wentz's top weapons in the passing game Week 17.

December 27, 2019 12:30 PM EST

Zach Ertz: Not spotted at practice

Ertz (ribs/back) was not spotted at Friday's practice, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Head coach Doug Pederson said Friday morning that Ertz would take part in practice, but he was apparently not feeling good enough to take the field. An official update on Ertz's status will come when the Eagles' final injury report of the week is released.

December 27, 2019 8:45 AM EST

Zach Ertz: Will practice Friday

Ertz (ribs/back) will practice Friday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: It won't be clear until after practice how involved Ertz will be, but any participation at all would be an upgrade over the previous two days, when he was listed as a non-participant.

December 27, 2019 7:25 AM EST

Zach Ertz: Dealing with rib, back injuries

Ertz was held out of practice Thursday due to rib and back injuries, Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: After missing some time in the first half of the Eagles' Week 16 win against the Cowboys, Ertz returned to action but made little impact as a receiver the rest of the way, finishing with four catches (on six targets) for 28 yards. On Monday, it was revealed that the tight end suffered a broken rib, which was the sole reason for his absence from practice Wednesday. One day later, the back issue was tacked on the injury report, further clouding Ertz's status. Pederson noted Thursday that Ertz will require clearance to play in the regular-season finale versus the Giants. A win in that contest sews up the NFC East for the Eagles, and an active Ertz will be welcome news for a banged-up receiving corps. Friday's injury report will reveal his odds to suit up this weekend, but fellow TE Dallas Goedert figures to be the biggest beneficiary, whether or not Ertz plays.

December 26, 2019 5:02 PM EST

Zach Ertz: Not practicing Thursday

Ertz (ribs) won't practice Thursday, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: On the plus side, coach Doug Pederson noted that Ertz "is progressing and getting better," which sets the stage for Friday to be a pivotal day with regard to the tight end's chances of playing Sunday against the Giants.

December 26, 2019 8:03 AM EST

Zach Ertz: DNP on estimated report

The Eagles listed Ertz (ribs) as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report.

Analysis: Ertz's listing doesn't come as a major surprise after he reportedly played through a fractured rib in the Eagles' Week 16 win over the Cowboys. With Philadelphia needing a victory over the Redskins on Sunday to secure a postseason spot, Ertz is pushing hard to play in Week 17, though it's unclear if he'll get the green light from doctors and athletic trainers, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. No. 2 tight end Dallas Goedert would take on even heavier volume in the passing game if Ertz is ultimately forced to sit out this weekend.

December 25, 2019 11:47 AM EST

Zach Ertz: Status uncertain for Week 17

Offensive coordinator Mike Groh said Tuesday that it's "too early" to know if Ertz (ribs) will factor into the Week 17 game plan, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

Analysis: Ertz sustained a fractured rib in the first quarter of this past Sunday's win against the Cowboys. While he returned to the field in time for a two-minute drill before halftime and closed out the contest, he managed just four catches for 28 yards and no TDs on six targets. In an Eagles receiving corps devoid of most of its top options at wide receiver, Ertz and Dallas Goedert have been among Carson Wentz's favorite regular targets the past few weeks. Ertz could set the tone for his availability for the season finale by being listed as LP or even FP on the team's first Week 17 injury report Wednesday.

December 24, 2019 12:38 PM EST

Zach Ertz: Tending to fractured rib

Ertz sustained a fractured rib in Sunday's 17-9 win over the Cowboys and will undergo further testing Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After taking a hard shot to the ribs in the first quarter, Ertz gutted it out through the painful injury, playing 82 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps en route to making four catches for 28 yards on six targets. The adrenaline might have helped Ertz carry on in the crucial win, but the Eagles will await the results of his follow-up tests before determining his fate for the Dec. 29 regular-season finale versus the Giants. If Ertz can't play next weekend or if his playing time is limited due to the injury, Dallas Goedert would step in as the Eagles' top tight end and would likely see heavy volume in the passing game, given the team's lack of established options at wide receiver.

December 23, 2019 10:20 AM EST

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