Might the Philadelphia Eagles get some reinforcements for Week 11’s game?
Another week passes. Another Philadelphia Eagles star gets a 21-day practice window opened. This time, it’s Zach Ertz. The Birds announced that he’s returning to the practice field on the Monday after their Week 10 loss. They’ve placed cornerback Craig James on the injured reserve in a corresponding move.
One week after Alshon Jeffery, Lane Johnson, and Jason Peters returned to the starting lineup for the offense, the most prolific tight end in franchise history and the second-leading receiver in the team’s history looks to be close to making his return as well.
86 hasn’t played a game since Week 6 when he caught four passes for 33 yards. On the season, he’s hauled in 24 passes for 178 yards, and he’s reached the end zone one time, but while that might be considered an off-year, it’s almost impossible to discredit any theory that states he’s just as dangerous to opposing defenses even when he doesn’t get the ball in his hands.
If you read ITI often, you’ve heard the theory that, though some of you believe Dallas Goedert is the better tight end, 88 got a ton of his opportunities because Mr. Ertz was drawing coverage away from him. Oh, you disagree? Have you noticed that Goedert hasn’t been putting up gaudy numbers in his absence? He’s been back for two weeks. Where is this evidence that the Eagles are better if they make Goedert ‘the guy’ instead of ‘the other guy’?
Don’t count your Philadelphia Eagles before they hatch.
First thing’s first here. The Birds have to get Ertz on the field first. League rules state that once a player’s 21-day practice window is opened, his team can elevate him to the active roster at any time during that window. If they don’t, he returns to the injured reserve for the remainder of the season. Ertz hasn’t been added to the active roster yet.
Despite losing to the rival New York Giants in Week 10, the Birds remain in first place in the NFC East with a 3-5-1 record. Big Blue is clearly the best team in the division, so if Philly wants to fight their way into the postseason, they’ll need to have all hands on deck and as many of their stars available as possible. They seem to be getting healthy at the right time.