Roddy White Fantasy News
Michael Vick thinks Zach Ertz is destined for greatness
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 11:52am
“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.
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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Monday, December 30, 2013, 8:07pm
Monday, December 2, 2013, 5:32pm
The final numbers showed Roddy White catching a season-high 10 passes for a season-high 143 yards. In talking to him Sunday after the Atlanta Falcons' 34-31 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills, one would think the wide receiver was held without a catch.
The frustration in White’s tone had nothing to do with the final score. It had everything to do with the way injuries have held him back all season long.
Yes, White still isn't healthy.
White said he ankle is still bothering him, "but I'm a football player." White is still playing through the high ankle sprain, but finally busted out with a big game. It's obviously he wants to play, but owners should be aware that with a lost season, one would think the team has to start thinking about how smart it is to keep putting him out there.