Number 11 and the Philadelphia Eagles will continue to rely on Zach Ertz.
Ever since the Eagles drafted Zach Ertz in 2013, he’s gone from being the guy with potential who saved his best games for the ones versus the New York Giants to becoming one of the game’s best playmakers at the position. It only took one season for Ertz to pass Brent Celek in terms of being Philly’s most productive tight end. It only took three more to become the “Birds” leader in terms of receiving yards.
Since 2016, Ertz has been the Eagles leader in receiving and Carson Wentz’s favorite target. In 2015, he was second only to Jordan Matthews. There isn’t any reason to think Ertz won’t lead Philly in receiving again in 2020.
The ‘Birds’ may be looking to potentially mold Reagor into becoming a go-to guy and the team’s number one receiver, but it may not happen this season. Receivers have some of the steepest learning curves of all rookies on the roster, and there are times where it takes longer for them to develop.
Even if Reagor ends up seeing plenty of passes thrown his way, there is no reason to believe Ertz will see a decrease in production. If anything, the veteran tight end should help take the pressure off of the rookie.
Eagles fans should expect Ertz to be the Eagles receiving leader for the fifth time in as many years. Expect for the tight end should surpass the 1,000-yard milestone for the second time in his career and break Harold Carmivhael’s franchise record for receptions. He only needs 64 to do so
The Eagles have a young wide receiver corps, and it’s likely that it will take at least one year for them to develop. In the meantime, Ertz can be the security blanket for Wentz that he’s always been. Again, that’s all he’s been for the last four years. Prediction: 100 receptions, resulting in 1,050 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns