Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is in store for a huge year in 2017.
Ertz is heading into his fifth year as a member of the Eagles. Since being drafted, his total receiving yards and receptions have increased each year. The Stanford Cardinal has accomplished this while never having a consistent quarterback throwing to him. Until now.
The 2017 season will be a huge change for Ertz. In recent years, Ertz has turned his game on during the latter portion of the Eagles season, but never at the beginning. Also, his game has been hindered by becoming a top target when none of the other receivers on the team are available. Without a No. 1 receiver on the team, Ertz has no choice to become the top option for the team. This puts tremendous pressure on the offense and causes the Eagles to lose games.
Ertz’s surrounding receiving group has changed drastically from what is was last year. He will now have Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith as weapons alongside him in addition to Jordan Matthews.
The Eagles have found their franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz and last season Ertz had career highs in receptions and touchdowns (T-1st with 4). With the recently built chemistry between the two, Ertz and Wentz should have no problem connecting with each other during this offseason as they build their chemistry further.
As an already established top target for Wentz, Ertz will have an easier time getting open. The new acquisitions in Jeffery and Smith will make opposing defenses have to make safeties drop back and help their corners. This will leave Ertz in one-on-one coverage against a linebacker.
If all goes well, Ertz could be a Top-5 tight end in the league next year and boast a 1,000-yard season while he’s at it.