Zach Ertz had his breakout game Sunday. The rookie tight end had five catches for 70 yards, including two touchdowns as he torched the Arizona Cardinals linebackers on a regular basis. Philadelphia Eagles veteran tight end Brent Celek also got in on the action as he caught a touchdown pass, and the tight end position accounted for all three of the Eagles’ touchdowns.
It is the first time since 1989 that Eagles tight ends accounted for three touchdown passes. Chip Kelly came to Philly with a reputation of being a tight end-heavy coach who used the big targets as weapons in the passing game. While the tight end hasn’t been as heavily utilized as fans thought it would be this season, it was certainly on full display yesterday. Ertz in particular was the focal point in the passing game and gave the Cardinals’ defense fits all game.
If Ertz can become into a major weapon in the passing game, that would be huge for the Eagles. The tight end, especially big and athletic ones, are becoming a major trend for successful offenses around the league. Guys like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham are monsters in the passing game that are simply impossible for opposing safeties and tight ends to match up in one-on-one situations. Ertz can have that kind of impact for Philadelphia.
He is on his way. We have seen the first glimpses. Give the kid time, and he may just be the next great tight end in a long line of them.