The Philadelphia Eagles drafted tight end Zach Ertz out of Stanford early in the 2nd round of this past year’s draft. The team already has an effective veteran tight end in Brent Celek. It’s just the icing on the cake to get another tight end that should be effective.
Ertz was utilized as the number one receiver at Stanford – usually tight ends aren’t first options for quarterbacks, but Ertz just constantly creates tremendous space between the defenders and will see the ball plenty because of this, regardless of who’s playing quarterback in Philadelphia.
Ertz adds speed, strength, explosiveness, sharp route running, and height to the Philly’s offense. New head coach Chip Kelly will attempt to bring his aspects of his college playbook into the NFL, which could possibly benefit Ertz’s play. Kelly’s playbook consists of reverses, options, and draw plays, which could open up holes in the middle for Ertz to find room in the passing game.
The young tight end in Philadelphia is similar to dominant Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. Graham is a tall and speedy nightmare for defenders because – even when defenders double him, he can rise over the top and reel in tremendous catches. If his ability is underestimated, he’ll burn defenses, like he does often. Ertz is similar in stature and type of playing style.