Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz Will Be Starting Week 1

By Bob Francis
Zach Ertz
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In Late April, Zach Ertz became the first offensive, skill position player drafted by Chip Kelly’s new look Philadelphia Eagles. The 35th player drafted, Ertz immediately became an impact prospect for the Philadelphia faithful. Not without notice, Zach was added by Kelly to his already high powered offense to give another deep threat to an already potent mixture. Would it be a surprise to see Ertz replace and overtake a seven year veteran of the NFL for the starting role?  Not at all.

With a new coach at the helm in Philadelphia and another season looming in the near future, many decisions still need to be made.  Player decisions are at the forefront, and tight end has a major story developing to keep an eye on.  Brent Celek has had the tight end position locked up in Philadelphia for some time now, but younger, faster counterpart Ertz may be the end of his reign. Celek ranks second in both yards and receptions all-time as an Eagle, but that may not mean much with a new offensive system and coaching staff taking over.

Ertz has the advantage of having played against and seen first-hand the Kelly offense when at Stanford.  His build, speed and skill set fit seamlessly into the makeup of running the high speed, intense offense which will be seen in Philadelphia this year. Celek, on the other hand, is more of a blocking tight end, scoring only once in 2012.  Ertz would seem to have been selected by Kelly with a purpose.  His downfield ability is much different from his incumbent counterpart and fits perfectly into the new spread attack.  It would seem with the comparisons beginning on draft day, Celek’s days are numbered as the mainstay at tight end in Philadelphia. Ertz should be ready for Week 1 in Washington to take over the future of the position for the Eagles.  

Bob Francis is a Philadelphia Eagles contributor for  Follow him on Twitter @rfrancisjr, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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