Zach Ertz
Zach Ertz
28-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Philadelphia Eagles
Injury Undisclosed
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ertz's catch and yardage stats have been stable and similar for three consecutive seasons, but last year was the first time the Eagles unlocked Ertz near the goal line as he was one of five tight ends with double-digit end-zone targets (10). The timing makes sense, as Carson Wentz 2.0 was a major upgrade from the rookie-year version. Wentz and Ertz also have a mind-meld that's unusual. It's obvious these two have spent a ton of time working together, developing the unspoken chemistry you see on Sunday. And if Nick Foles is required to play at all, that's not a concern for Ertz. The reliable tight end posted an 18-192-1 line in the playoffs, superb production on just 22 targets, when Foles replaced the injured Wentz. At 6-5, 250, Ertz, who turns 28 in November, is a safe place to park your money. Even on a Philadelphia team that spreads it around versus forcing the ball to its name players, expect Ertz to keep most of last year's touchdowns. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $42.5 million extension with the Eagles in January of 2016.
Plays through injuries down stretch
TEPhiladelphia Eagles
January 27, 2019
Ertz (undisclosed) did not play in Sunday's Pro Bowl, Daniel Gallen of reports.
Considering Ertz never missed a game and ultimately logged a career-high 91.6 percent of the snaps in 2018, it's safe to say none of his alleged injuries are severe. The tight end nonetheless told reporters he wasn't playing at 100 percent down the stretch. Ertz declined to specify his injury, so it's possible general wear and tear from an 18-game season led to his absence. In any event, Ertz has plenty of time to rest in advance of a 2019 campaign for which the Eagles will return most key players on offense. He has three seasons remaining on a five-year, $42.5 million extension that now looks like a major bargain for the team.
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How do Zach Ertz's 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
% Team Air Yards
% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
7.2 Yds
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Avg Yds After Catch
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How often does Zach Ertz run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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Zach Ertz
573 routes   156 targets
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47 routes   11 targets
235 routes   44 targets
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Zach Ertz's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 5"
250 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.76 sec
Shuttle Time
4.47 sec
Cone Drill
7.08 sec
Vertical Jump
30.5 in
Broad Jump
111 in
Bench Press
24 reps
Hand Length
9.75 in
Arm Length
31.75 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Ertz has increased his receptions three years running, but he's never been big on touchdowns. Last year's four spikes tied for a career high. The low touchdown count wasn't for a lack of trying; he saw 17 red-zone targets but only caught six and turned three into scores. He also had the lowest YPC of his career, and now there's a bit more competition for the ball, as the additions of veteran wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith was offset by the August trade of Jordan Matthews to the Bills. Pass-catching back Darren Sproles is still around to fight with Ertz for short targets, but development from Carson Wentz could provide more overall production to go around. Ertz gets the check mark for durability; he's only missed three games in his four-year pro career. And he's always been seen as an intuitive and intelligent player, dating to his days at Stanford. We're comfortable projecting Ertz for another 70-plus catches and a yardage total around 800, but if he were going to become a big touchdown scorer, it probably would have happened by now. There's no shame in this being as good as it gets for Ertz -- he's the type of player you can draft with a good sense of what's likely to come, and that's a reassuring thing. Just don't start dreaming of a new level to climb.
After sharing the tight end job for two years with Brent Celek, the younger, more talented Ertz emerged last season as the top tight end option in the Philadelphia passing game, finishing sixth at the position in targets. He was limited early in the year by a groin injury, but as he got healthier, his output got better, and he finished with two touchdowns and two 100-yard games (narrowly missing a third) in the last five weeks. Unfortunately, those were his only scores and triple-digit games of the season. He was often targeted downfield, but his 20-plus catches (11), YPC and YPT were middling. However, Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense is gone, and in its place is new coach Doug Pederson's version of the West Coast Offense. Pederson oversaw Kansas City's offense the last three seasons, the last two of which saw tight end Travis Kelce excel. Except, in some ways, Kelce excelled in spite of a conservative Chiefs offense that limited his use downfield and in the red zone. Celek is still around, too, and will be used in two TE sets, but shouldn't take too many targets from Ertz. How it all shakes out and what it means for Ertz fantasy value remains to be seen. Kelce finished 8th in tight end fantasy scoring last season; Ertz was 10th. So, the room for growth looks small.
No question Ertz has more upside than 30-year-old Brent Celek, but Ertz still can't get on the field enough to break out. Ertz played just half of the Eagles' snaps last season (up from 40.8 percent as a rookie) while the sure-handed Celek, who is also valued for his blocking, played 69.3 percent of snaps. After splitting targets in 2013, Ertz had nearly 40 more than Celek last season, but that was only enough to barely make him a top-15 fantasy tight end, as he caught just three of 12 red-zone targets for one score. At 6-5, 250, with 4.76 speed, Ertz has the physical tools to be a playmaker, but he might not realize it until he improves as a blocker to keep Celek sidelined. A blocking tight end might be even more needed this year with the additions of workhorse running back DeMarco Murray and injury-prone quarterback Sam Bradford. And even with Jeremy Maclin's departure, targets likely won't be more plentiful. Jordan Matthews will soak up a lot of Maclin's 143 targets from last year, as will rookie Nelson Agholor and a backfield of Murray, Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews.
A second-round draft pick last season, Ertz lived up to his billing, garnering slightly more targets than veteran Brent Celek (56-51). Ertz proved too quick for linebackers, and when teams covered him with defensive backs, the physical receiver used his 6-5, 250, frame to outwork them for the ball. A good route runner with nice hands, Ertz was limited to 428 snaps last year (Celek had 791) mostly because of his unrefined blocking. While he likely will improve that skill, he was drafted to catch passes, and this season he should have even more opportunities. Even if Celek has another 50 targets, Ertz could pad his targets with a large share of the 126 DeSean Jackson had last season. Jeremy Maclin is back after missing last season with a knee injury, and the Eagles drafted wideout Jordan Matthews in the second round, but the team hopes Ertz will become a primary receiver in the passing game. He likely will be split wide often this season after being used in tight and in the slot last year, as coach Chip Kelly looks to create mismatches in the passing game. Improved play from quarterback Nick Foles will help, too.
A second-round pick in this year's draft, Ertz finds himself behind Brent Celek and probably James Casey as well. Not known for his blocking, Ertz has enough athleticism to be a threat down the seam. As with most rookie tight ends, he's a long shot to be anything more than an occasional contributor in the offense, however.
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Limited in divisional defeat
TEPhiladelphia Eagles
January 13, 2019
Ertz brought in five of eight targets for 50 yards in the Eagles' 20-14 divisional-round playoff loss to the Saints on Sunday.
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Five catches in playoff win
TEPhiladelphia Eagles
January 6, 2019
Ertz caught five of seven targets for 52 yards in Sunday's 16-15 wild-card-round win over Chicago.
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Makes three catches
TEPhiladelphia Eagles
December 30, 2018
Ertz caught three of four targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 24-0 win over the Redskins.
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Breaks NFL record in win
TEPhiladelphia Eagles
December 23, 2018
Ertz caught 12 of 16 passing attempts for 110 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 32-30 win over the Texans.
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Handles every rep Thursday
TEPhiladelphia Eagles
December 20, 2018
Ertz (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.
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