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Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 9:42am
The Eagles player who is going to make you forget about DeSean Jackson this season isn't Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper or even rookie Jordan Matthews.
The guy who is going to make you forget about Jackson isn't even a wide receiver. He's a tight end. He's Zach Ertz.
And while you might think I'm jumping the gun mentioning somebody who has played only 459 NFL snaps in the same breath with three of the most dangerous pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, Ertz has that kind of ability, that kind of upside.
"You knew when you watched him in college that he had the chance to be something special," Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said. "He's one of the best route-runners I've ever seen. He takes a lot of pride in that. He has a lot of confidence. He's hard to defeat, because he doesn't take defeat very well. He feels, 'You can't cover me.' "
Ertz was eased into the offense as a rookie last season by coach Chip Kelly. He played 36 percent of the offensive snaps in the Eagles' first eight games and 45 percent in the final eight. Finished with 36 catches - 25 for first downs - for 469 yards and four touchdowns. All four of those scoring catches came in the second half of the season. He also had a touchdown reception in the Eagles' playoff loss to New Orleans.
Domowitch is one of the Eagles better beat writers, so there's something to what he's saying. He points out that without Jackson the Eagles' passing game is expected to undergo a slight transformation this season. In preseason Week 3, the Birds had four TDs of nine plays or more - five fewer than they had all season. Domo said to look for fewer deep balls and more bubble screens and slants by the wide receivers and more screens and wheel routes by running backs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. The only thing holding back Ertz this season is teammate Brent Celek possibly taking away some targets, but Ertz still figures to be a low-end TE1 and should be drafted ahead of Celek. The writer believes both Celek and Ertz are in for increased workloads.
Posted by Scott Pagel
Monday, August 11, 2014 - 6:51pm
McCoy had a monster season in 2013, leading the league in rushing and getting a ton of carries in Kelly’s fast-paced offense. He can do it all, hit the hole, use his speed outside and catch passes. There’s no reason not to expect much of the same this season from McCoy.
The Eagles traded for Darren Sproles in the offseason so there’s a chance he’s going to steal some catches from McCoy this year. But keep in mind McCoy had 52 receptions last season and we project him for 47 this season, so not that big of a drop even with Sproles working his way in there.
McCoy is a top-three running back this season and you can argue he’s a top-three fantasy player overall. We rank him number-two in standard leagues and number-three in PPR. If you pick early in your draft and you want to target a back, McCoy will be a guy you can plug and play every week and not have concerns.