Zach Ertz is going to break the Philadelphia Eagles all-time receiving record in 2020. If there’s a season and he stays healthy, it will happen, guaranteed.
Zach Ertz has gone from a guy with potential that saves his best performances for Philly’s games versus the New York Giants to one of the NFL’s top three tight ends. Travis Kelce and George Kittle are often referenced as the other two guys on that list.
“86” enters the 2020 regular-season campaign with 525 career receptions, which is second to only Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Harold Carmichael, who hauled in 589 passes as a member of the Eagles. Expect Mr. Ertz to, not only move into first place, he may shatter this thing by the time it’s all said and done.
He already holds the NFL record for the most receptions by a tight end in a single season after snagging 116 in 2018. This year, pulling in another 65 shouldn’t be an issue at all. 57 receptions in a season was the lowest total of his career, and that was in 2013, his rookie campaign.
Now, as one of Wentz’s most-trusted targets and a constant threat on third down and in the red zone, 2020 figures to be a big year for Mr. Ertz. That’s especially true with guys like Jalen Reagor and DeSean Jackson taking coverage away from him and with Dallas Goedert making life miserable for every opposing defensive coordinator. Expect to see Carmichael’s reception record fall, and it could happen with several games left to play in the regular season.