An in depth look into Zach Ertz’s year-by-year progression

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BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 18: Tight end Zach Ertz
BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 18: Tight end Zach Ertz /

2017 Projections:

Here’s the obligatory forecast of the 2017 season. Expect Ertz to start all 16 games. 110 targets, 80 receptions and around 875 yards are pretty good guesses for some final numbers. So is somewhere around four touchdowns. His best games will probably come in December, making him appear as one of the top tight ends in the league.

Statically speaking, there’s been improvement in every year excluding 2016, where there were some injury issues. Unfortunately, he’s failing to impress when it comes to the eye ball test. We all know every game won’t be extraordinary, but most are still interested in seeing a little more, especially in terms of toughness and production.

For a man that stands at six-foot-five and weighs 249 pounds, it would seem it would be hard to miss him. Still, he has a tendency to disappear on the grid iron. This year, the hope is Ertz can create the type of production that Celek did when he was in his prime. If the Ertz we see in December were to show up for an entire season, the sky would be the limit.

The Bottom Line:

Every year has been predicted to be Ertz’s “breakout year.” Most want him to be like Nike and “Just Do It”. ! If he doesn’t show up and show out this year, especially with all the offensive talent surrounding him,  the questions may begin to arise about whether or not he’ll ever be able to.

Now, we just need someone to explain to him that the season starts prior to December.