Zach Ertz

Arizona Cardinals
Tight End #86
Arizona Cardinals
Tight End #86
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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

Posts four catches

Ertz caught four of six targets for 46 yards in Sunday's 34-10 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Ertz trailed only Christian Kirk for Arizona's lead in all major receiving categories. However, with the Cardinals offense short-handed, there wasn't much production to go around overall. Still, in four games since arriving via trade, Ertz has managed at least three catches each week, offering a decent complement within the passing game. Looking ahead to Week 11's matchup versus the Seahawks, Ertz and company would welcome both star quarterback Kyler Murray (ankle) and wideout DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) back to the fold, potentially elevating the offense's upside.

Nov 14, 2021 5:20 PM EST

Meager Week 9 line

Ertz caught three of five targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 31-17 win at San Francisco.

Analysis: Since the Cardinals acquired Ertz from the Eagles in mid-October, he's made three appearances with the team, earning either four or five targets on each occasion. In the first two, he was on the receiving end of passes from Kyler Murray, but with the latter out Week 9 due to a sprained ankle, veteran Colt McCoy was directing the offense. The result was Ertz' worst receiving line as a Card, and McCoy again may be under center Sunday against the Panthers due to Murray's injury.

Nov 9, 2021 8:57 PM EST

Four receptions in Week 8

Ertz recorded four catches (on four targets) for 42 yards during Thursday's 24-21 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Ertz' most significant play, a 20-yard catch and run, set up the Cardinals at the Packers' two-yard line for their second TD of the contest. Otherwise, his other three grabs all went for fewer than 10 yards. Through two games with Arizona, Ertz has combined for a 7-108-1 line on nine targets, which is better than all but one two-game stretch with the Eagles on the campaign. The trade from Philadelphia to the desert appears to have revitalized the 30-year-old tight end, who will look to keep it up next Sunday at San Francisco.

Oct 31, 2021 6:14 PM EST

Scores in Arizona debut

Ertz caught three of five targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-5 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Making his Cardinals debut, Ertz tied A.J. Green for the team lead in receiving yards with most of his damage coming on a 47-yard TD toss from Kyler Murray in the third quarter. The tight end figures to see consistent usage with his new club as he steps in for Maxx Williams (knee), and Ertz will look to continue building chemistry with Murray in Week 8 against the Packers.

Oct 24, 2021 8:34 PM EST

Could have extensive role in debut

Ertz is set to serve as the Cardinals' top tight end Sunday against the Texans with Darrell Daniels (hamstring) inactive for the contest.

Analysis: Ertz just arrived in Arizona nine days ago via trade with the Eagles in the wake of Maxx Williams' season-ending knee injury, and he'll be thrust into a major role during his first game in Arizona. The veteran has had a few extra days to get acclimated to the Cardinals offense and will have a favorable matchup against a Texans Cover-2 defense that's allowed a 35-397-5 line to tight ends over the first six contests.

Oct 24, 2021 12:42 PM EST

Not playing Sunday

Ertz is inactive for Sunday's game in Cleveland, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Ertz wasn't eligible to be active anyway following his trade from Philadelphia to Arizona on Friday due to playing Thursday against the Buccaneers. He'll look forward to making his Cardinals debut next Sunday versus the Texans, though it remains to be seen how much he'll be utilized in his initial outings with the team. In the meantime, the Cards' Week 6 tight ends will be Darrell Daniels, Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis.

Oct 17, 2021 11:56 AM EST

Shipped to Arizona

Ertz was traded from the Eagles to the Cardinals on Friday in exchange for cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Ertz caught four of six targets for 29 yards and a touchdown during the Eagles' loss to the Buccaneers on Thursday with Dallas Goedert (COVID-19) sidelined, but he's now been sent out west. Ertz was in search of a new contract with Philadelphia and has yet to discuss any deal with Arizona. The move comes after the starting tight end Maxx Williams went down with a potential season-ending injury, so it fills an immediate need for the Cardinals. Ertz caught 18 of 31 targets for 189 yards and two touchdowns in six games for Philadelphia this season, and he should make his debut for Arizona against Houston in Week 7 since he's already played this week.

Oct 15, 2021 8:20 AM EST

Finds end zone in start

Ertz brought in four of six targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 28-22 loss to the Buccaneers on Thursday night.

Analysis: Ertz paced the Eagles in receptions and was on the receiving end of a five-yard scoring toss from Jalen Hurts in the first quarter. The veteran tight end's touchdown was his first of the season and only his second since 2019, as he served as the top tight end in the absence of Dallas Goedert (reserve/COVID-19). Ertz does have at least four catches in three of his past four contests, giving some deep-league fantasy value going into a Week 7 road battle against the Raiders irrespective of Goedert's status for that contest.

Oct 14, 2021 9:54 PM EST

Top tight end in Goedert's absence

Ertz will serve as the Eagles' clear top tight end in Thursday's game against the Buccaneers with Dallas Goedert (illness) still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Goedert tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, leaving him little time to clear the necessary protocols and be available Thursday. Indeed, the Eagles didn't activate Goedert before Thursday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline to do so. Ertz thus figures to be far more active as a receiver than he previously has been this season. Through five contests, he's earned between 50 and 62 percent of the offensive snaps and two and eight targets on each occasion, while Goedert's respective ranges have been 55-74 percent and 2-5 targets. Philly regularly uses two tight-end sets, so Jack Stoll and the elevated Noah Togiai should get on the field, but most of Ertz' and Goedert's combined average of 8.8 targets per game likely will go to Ertz.

Oct 14, 2021 4:05 PM EST

Likely to be clear top TE in Week 6

Ertz is expected to see an uptick in playing time Thursday against the Rams with fellow tight end Dallas Goedert (illness) unlikely to make it back from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the game, EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: Goedert was placed on the list Tuesday, after he was revealed to have tested positive for the virus. Because Goedert is vaccinated, he'll be eligible for activation within 10 days, but since he'll still need to be asymptomatic and produce two negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart, he's doubtful to gain clearance before Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. Goedert's expected absence will likely result in the Eagles running out more three-receiver sets, freeing up Ertz to absorb a large share of the tight-end snaps. While frequently sharing the field with Goedert, Ertz has hovered between 50 and 62 percent of the offensive snaps while averaging five targets through the Eagles' first five games. In addition to likely getting an uptick in snaps, Ertz should be in store for more involvement in the passing game as well, given how stout the Tampa Bay front has been against the run this season.

Oct 12, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Only one grab in win

Ertz caught one of his six targets for seven yards in Sunday's 21-18 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Ertz just couldn't connect with Jalen Hurts. The silver lining for the Stanford product is that he saw twice as many targets as Dallas Goedert on the day and has at least six in each of the last three games. The two once again played a fairly even number of snaps, with Ertz's 36 just five shy of Goedert.

Oct 12, 2021 12:43 AM EST

Season-high 60 yards in loss

Ertz caught six of eight targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 42-30 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: For the second-straight week, Ertz finished in at least a tie for second in every receiving category and has firmly re-established himself in the Philadelphia offense after a slow first two weeks. He played only 35 snaps to Dallas Goedert's 52, and while Goedert got the touchdown, it was his only red-zone target compared to three for the 30-year-old on the day. Sharing tight-end duties still caps each one's upside, but both have managed to be productive so far.

Oct 5, 2021 12:31 AM EST

Scores versus Cowboys

Ertz caught four of seven targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 41-21 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Ertz ranked second on the Eagles in all major receiving categories and added a three-yard touchdown in the third quarter to bolster his performance. That score actually marked Ertz' first end-zone trip since Week 1 of last season, but it was good to see him back involved in Philadelphia's offense, even though he flirted with disaster on a drop that nearly was intercepted for a touchdown early. While fellow tight end Dallas Goedert also led the Eagles with 66 receiving yards, Ertz nonetheless takes some momentum from Monday's showing into Week 4's meeting with the Chiefs.

Sep 27, 2021 9:40 PM EST

Set to go Monday

Ertz was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Ertz returned to practice Saturday and was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list only five days after being placed on the aforementioned list. As a result, the veteran tight end is expected to play in Monday night's divisional contest against the Cowboys.

Sep 25, 2021 8:46 AM EST

Not at practice

Ertz (reserve/COVID-19) isn't practicing Friday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: It doesn't bode well for his Week 3 availability, though the Eagles haven't ruled the tight end out for Monday's game in Dallas. Ertz was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list at the beginning of the week, and it is possible the extra day ahead of MNF aids his quest to avoid an absence.

Sep 24, 2021 10:15 AM EST

Moves to COVID-19 list

The Eagles placed Ertz (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Ertz will need to fully clear the league's protocols for COVID-19 before returning to team facilities or game action, so his status will need to be monitored ahead of next weekend's divisional matchup in Dallas. The veteran tight end hasn't done much through the first two weeks of the season, and he had just one catch for six yards on two targets during Sunday's 17-11 loss to the 49ers. If Ertz were to miss time, the most notable fantasy consequence could simply be that Dallas Goedert would project for a larger workload.

Sep 20, 2021 1:20 PM EST

Clear for Week 2

Ertz (hamstring/rest) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Ertz progressed from non-participant Wednesday to limited Thursday before capping Week 2 prep with a full session. Along the way, he was listed with the hamstring injury he picked up in the season-opening win in Atlanta and also with the word "rest," indicating the Eagles were managing his reps. In any case, Ertz will be available to work in tandem with Dallas Goedert at tight end Sunday.

Sep 17, 2021 11:53 AM EST

On track to play Sunday

Ertz (hamstring/rest) is in line to play Sunday against the 49ers, according to coach Nick Sirianni,Josh Tolentino of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: Friday's final injury report will reveal both Ertz's level of participation in Friday's practice, as well as his official Week 2 injury designation. Assuming he's a go this weekend, Ertz will continue to work in tandem with Dallas Goedert, who drew the start at tight end for the Eagles in Week 1.

Sep 17, 2021 9:57 AM EST

Practicing again Friday

Ertz (hamstring/rest) is participating at Friday's practice, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Ertz sat out Wednesday's practice before returning in a limited fashion Thursday, and his level of participation for Friday's session remains unclear. The 30-year-old's status will receive additional clarity when the official injury report is released later in the day, but he may be able to avoid an injury designation for Sunday's matchup with the 49ers after practicing two straight days.

Sep 17, 2021 8:36 AM EST

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