The Philadelphia Eagles finally made a conscious effort to get their tight ends involved in the game plan, and it paid off against the New York Giants. Zach Ertz had a solid day, including making an acrobatic grab down the sideline. Brent Celek also had a fantastic touchdown catch on a dime from Nick Foles in the corner of the end zone.
It was a smart time for Chip Kelly to unveil a tight end-heavy game plan. The Giants possess some of the weakest linebackers in the entire league. Kelly did his job exposing them in pass coverage with Ertz and Celek. Ertz looks like a dynamic talent.
Once he gets his feet underneath him and fully adjusts to the speed of the game, dare I say he could be a Jimmy Graham-type of weapon in the Eagles’ offense? A bold statement, to be sure, but one that could come to fruition especially in this uptempo offense that caters to an athlete like Ertz.
The tight end position was curiously missing from the offense the first four weeks. Kelly used 11 personnel a majority of the time. The change-up seemed to fool the Giants at times, as they had trouble covering the tight end for much of the afternoon.
This is a trend that needs to continue. Ertz’s talent shouldn’t be wasted sitting on the bench, especially in a year with Jeremy Maclin injured and the Eagles are searching for another playmaker besides DeSean Jackson in the passing game. They just may have found him on Sunday afternoon.