One of the most impressive performances in the Philadelphia Eagles preseason opener against the Chicago Bears came from second year tight end Zach Ertz. Ertz led the team in receptions and made a few big plays that were instrumental in the Eagles finding the endzone. Ertz made an impact as a rookie, but looks poised to have an even bigger role in 2014.
“I thought [Zach] Ertz did a good job in the passing game,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. “Still has a lot of work to do from a blocking perspective, but was a guy in the passing game that did some good things for us.”
Judging by the first preseason game, Ertz will be heavily involved in the Eagles' offense this year. Ertz came away as one of the most impressive players in the preseason opener. He made four catches for 60 yards, including back to back grabs of 18 and 34 yards to set up Philadelphia's first touchdown. He was a viable target for both Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez.
As Ertz continues to develop and show well in training camp and the preseason his opportunities will increase. As a rookie he was able to start three games and play in all 16. He caught 36 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns.
It is only preseason and the games do not count, but as far as Ertz development; it matters plenty. He and Brent Celek will provide the Eagles offense with two dangerous pass catching threats, especially in the seam. Ertz is a player to watch as the preseason continues to see how much his role in the offense grows with is solid play.
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