Dec 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Cardinals 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

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Dec 1, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) celebrates his touch down during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

In 2013, the Philadelphia Eagles landed one of the most talented tight ends in the draft in Stanford’s

. But more than half way through the season, Ertz has been a bit of a let down recording just 13 catches and zero scores in his first seven games. But that all changed on Sunday when Ertz had five receptions for 56 yards and two touchdowns leading the Eagles over the Arizona Cardinals 24-21. Philadelphia’s head coach Chip Kelly spoke about the development of the young tight end after the game.

“I think Zach’s getting better and better each week.  He came off a break, obviously if you’re a rookie, this season’s a lot different than the college season.  You have four preseason games which you don’t have and we’ve played 12 games, so he’s got 16 games underneath his belt.  But I thought he came back after the break with real fresh legs, rejuvenated, had a good week at prepping and was excited to see it show up on the field today and I thought he had some big catches for us today.”

Ertz has seen an upswing in production in the last three games, recording 12 catches for 141 yards and three scores. It appears the high pick has chosen the exact right time to start paying dividends for this Eagles squad who are on the brink of a playoff berth.

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