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Michael Vick thinks Zach Ertz is destined for greatness
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 11:52am

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

Back in early October, Eagles QB Michael Vick made a bold prediction regarding rookie tight end Zach Ertz.

“There are three players that I told that they would be great players in this league: I always told Alge Crumpler that he was going to be great, I always told Shady McCoy that he was going to be a great player in this league, and I always told Roddy White. And now I’m saying Zach Ertz. And I think in time, he will be one of the best tight ends in this game.”

Ertz had all of five NFL catches at that point. Still working through a learning curve — steepened by his inability to participate in the offseason program because of graduation rules — the Stanford product played a limited role initially. He was featured more as the year went on and ended with 36 catches for 469 yards with four touchdowns. While we still have a ways to go before determining whether Vick’s intuition is correct, it’s fair to say that there are encouraging signs.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz averaged 2.8-32-.56 over the final nine games of the season (including the Eagles' sole playoff game) and that included two goose eggs in Week 10 and Week 14. That equates to 6.6 fantasy points per game, which is what Martellus Bennett averaged as the #10 TE in fantasy football. Brent Celek is signed through 2016 and he's a far better run blocker than Ertz. James Casey is signed through 2015, and he ate into Ertz's snaps when the Eagles tried to run more. Ertz has top 5 fantasy TE potential, but his run blocking is holding him back.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013, 11:26pm

Jeff McLane, Twitter - [Full Article]

Eagles TE James Casey left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Brent Celek is inching up the TE rankings.

Beat: Brent Celek going to be a 'big part' of passing game
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 12:14pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

It's been clear from watching Chip Kelly's offense operate this summer that the 6-4, 255-pound Brent Celek still is going to be a big part of the Eagles' passing game.

Despite playing 82 percent of the team's offensive snaps, Celek was targeted just 83 times last year. That was just five fewer than wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who only played in 11 games. That will change this year. In Chip Kelly's offense, the tight ends seldom are asked to stay in and block on pass plays.

Fantasy Impact:

Celek was written off after the James Casey signing and the Zach Ertz draft pick, but it appears he has held onto the starting job. He'll enter the TE2 discussion.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 9:37am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Eagles TE James Casey did not garner a snap with the starters last Friday night against the Patriots, pointed to how difficult it will be for HC Chip Kelly to get all three of his top tight ends (Brent Celek, Zach Ertz) on the field, even with the expected bump in plays per game because of the up-tempo offense.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 9:34am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Of more interest was how the Eagles coach Chip Kelly lined up his tight ends against the Patriots last week, specifically Brent Celek, who played all 21 snaps.

Celek was all over the place and from four of five formations either blocked or ran pass routes. He started eight plays lined up as a halfback - at one end of the offensive line or another, a step back. Four times he started from the traditional tight end spot to the left or right of the tackle. He also lined up four times in the slot, three times split wide, and twice he started in the backfield to the left of the quarterback in the shotgun.

"In this offense, you've got to know every position, and they can just interchange you anywhere," Celek said Monday. "And it's fun. It's a new experience. You get to do different things. Guys like it."

Celek stayed in to block on 11 plays. Last season, Celek blocked around the same percentage of plays (470 of 888 snaps). As much as rookie Zach Ertz will be a part of the offense, his development as a blocker will probably keep Celek as the No. 1 tight end.

Fantasy Impact:

There had been some talk in Philly that Celek may actually be the odd man out with Zach Ertz, James Casey and Clay Harbor, who has been getting work with the WRs. But Ertz has struggled from the blocking aspect, something that Celek is pretty good at, and Casey didn't get any work with the first team against the Pats, so that seems unlikely right now. When healthy, the Eagles will have a capable offensive line that should limit Celek having to pass block, something he's been called on to do a lot over the last several years. Until we see more, no Eagle TE is more than a low-end TE2 option to draft right now and probably won't even get drafted in typical leagues. But Celek and Ertz certainly have some potential in this offense.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 9:26am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

As much as Eagles rookie TE Zach Ertz will be a part of the offense, his development as a blocker will probably keep Brent Celek as the No. 1 tight end.

Ertz, who often split wide at Stanford, was not asked to run-block much in college. But he will be required to do so in Kelly's system. Celek blocked out of every formation. Ertz did as well and struggled against the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz's blocking could limit his playing time for a while until it improves, but his future looks pretty bright. That will likely limit his fantasy production, despite the fact he could gets some targets. Right now, it appears Celek is the clear TE1 on the Birds. Ironically, James Casey received no snaps with the first team.

TE Zach Ertz "as good as advertised"
Thursday, August 8, 2013, 8:23pm

Philly Mag - [Full Article]

Eagles TE Zach Ertz has been as good as advertised. The guess here is that he’ll end the season with more catches and receiving yards than Brent Celek or James Casey. Ertz has had some drops, but he’s also made some great catches. He’s lined up out wide a lot in the last two weeks.

Celek has been steady, but Ertz figures to take away a chunk of his targets.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz is a TE2-type to monitor this August, though rookie tight ends are rarely fantasy relevant.

Sunday, August 4, 2013, 10:55am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Even with WR Riley Cooper, the Eagles lack a reliable No. 2 wide receiver to complement DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant in the slot.

Their transition to a tight end-oriented system will be even more pronounced, and look for James Casey and Zach Ertz to play major roles with Brent Celek.

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagles don't plan to go outside the organization to replace Jeremy Maclin, which was a huge loss. With Cooper now in trouble for a racial slur, it makes sense the Birds look for more production from what is a deep group of tight ends. Celek probably has the most value of the three but it appears he could lose some work to the versatile Casey and rookie Ertz, who has even lined up on the outside at times in camp.

Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:54am

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

The Eagles have only had two full-squad training camp workouts so far. But ... TE Zach Ertz has gotten some attention for the way he’s played.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz will likely stay behind Brent Celek and even utility guy James Casey, but all three have a chance to earn more playing time with the loss of WR Jeremy Maclin and the team unlikely to go outside the organization to replace him. Still, of the three, Celek is most likely to have the best fantasy value at this point.

Confirmed: Jeremy Maclin tears ACL, out for 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 1:56pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin suffered a torn ACL during practice Saturday at the NovaCare Complex and is expected to miss the 2013 season, a league source said.

Maclin was carted off the field Saturday about an hour into practice.

Maclin, a fourth-year wideout in the last year of his rookie deal, went down at the end of 7-on-7 drills.

Fantasy Impact:

Jason Avant will likely remain a slot receiver so expect names like Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Arrelious Benn, B.J. Cunningham, Greg Salas along with rookies Ifeanyi Momah, Russell Shepard and Will Murphy to compete for the job. Benn and Cunningham were already out of practice after suffering minor injuries in Friday’s practice that rendered each one day to day. The Eagles could also use more multiple TE formations with Brent Celek, James Casey and rookie Zach Ertz.