The Philadelphia went to the air successfully on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. But it wasn’t just names like Jackson and Cooper who held the keys to victory for the Birds. It was names like Celek, Ertz and Casey. And no, they aren’t the newest law firm in Philadelphia. They are the Eagles tight ends. And they played a pivotal role in the Iggles victory this weekend.
Rookie tight end Zach Ertz lead the team in receiving with five receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Veteran tight end Brent Celek threw in four catches for 29 yards and a score of his own. Even sparsely used veteran tight end James Casey got into the action as he was able to draw a holding penalty that essentially allowed the Eagles to run out the clock on the Cardinals. Philadelphia’s head coach Chip Kelly talked about the importance of using their tight ends to exploit the Cardinals pass defense after the game on Sunday.
“…we thought they have got some really good corners, starting with Peterson. So trying to get matched up on some safeties and some linebackers. Felt like, you know, Brent and Ertz, and then obviously the big play by Casey there. Just thought we had some plays in there to the tight ends, get them in base personnel and then try to take advantage of that and those guys did. Ertz ran a great route and Nick threw it on time. The first one was a play action, and was actually we ran the again right at the end of the game and they held Casey to kind of get us to be able to run the clock out. Those guys contributed and we feel like we have three that are talented and when the matchups present themselves, we can exploit it.”
This may not be an every game occurance, but it’s good to know you have three solid tight ends when you need them. I have a feeling this won’t be the last time this trio will have a similar impact on a game this season.