Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Keys to Improve the Wide Receivers
By Jacob Brooks
Dec 7, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
#4 – UTILIZE ZACH ERTZ MORE
It is time for the Philadelphia Eagles to start utilizing Zach Ertz in this offense. Ertz had an interesting season last year. He posted a decent season, 58 catches, 702 yards and 3 touchdowns. Not bad, but his ceiling is much higher than those numbers.
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If the Eagles cut Cooper as I suggested, they could begin to use Ertz in the slot more as well. Ertz isn’t the run blocker that Brent Celek is, but from a wide receiver stand point he could really pick up the blocking that Cooper had. Ertz also posted better numbers while quarterback Nick Foles was starting, his numbers dipped when Mark Sanchez took over.
A full season with a healthy Nick Foles and a health offensive line could produce a monster season for Ertz. More playing time with Cooper gone would also help those numbers. I think Ertz is capable of a 900 yard and 7 touchdown season.
Next: #5 - Add Some Depth