Ertz is the Philadelphia Eagles’ most consistent offensive weapon of the past five seasons.
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is coming off his third straight Pro Bowl appearance and as long as Wentz is throwing him the football, it doesn’t seem he’ll be slowing down. In seven seasons, Ertz has 5,743 receiving yards. Let’s do some comparing.
For tight ends in the Hall of Fame, its an interesting case study. Ertz already has more career receiving yards than three of the nine tight ends in Canton, and he’ll certainly pass Mike Ditka’s 5,812 yards in the first game of 2020.
Transitioning into modern-era tight ends, Shannon Sharpe and Tony Gonzalez have been the two latest adds to the Hall at the tight end position. Sharpe played 14 seasons and had just above 10,000 yards. Ertz is halfway there in half as many seasons. Gonzalez is in a class of his own with 15,000 yards. Sure, Ertz probably won’t catch Gonzalez, but he could surpass Sharpe.
Four other modern-era tight ends could get in before Ertz down the road, though. Jason Witten and Rob Gronkowski are first-ballot guys, Travis Kelce, and George Kittle, as long as they continue down the path they’re on, could be Hall of Famers as well. so where does Ertz fit in?
Ertz has been pretty healthy throughout his career, and he might just have five to seven more seasons in him. If he’s the consistent middle of the field weapon that he has been for his entire career, he’ll continue to rack 800 yards or more in each season for the rest of his playing career. If he does, how could the voters turn down a tight end with almost 10,000 snags?
Coming into 2020, Ertz could start to cement his legacy with another season of 800 yards and eight trips to the end zone. Certainly, the new speed on the outside will open up the middle of the field for Ertz to work as a technician. He’s on a nice career pace, better than some of the game’s best already, and in 2020, we should see more of the same.