Late Monday afternoon NJ Advance Media reported that 3rd year TE Zach Ertz has been cleared by doctors to play.
Ertz’ timely return is great news for teammates and coaches after having lost the playmaker to “Core Injury” surgery on August 8th. Although Trey Burton has done a great job filling in during preseason play, Ertz’ measurements and physical ability draw a defensive mismatch that Kelly is very excited to exploit. With having sat out for about a month, the TE more than likely will not play on Monday when the Eagles travel to Atlanta to face Matt Ryan and company.
This news gives Eagles fans something to look forward to as we move into the begin of regular season and even better, it gives Sam Bradford yet another weapon to move his offense down the field. The past two seasons Ertz has shown his ability in the passing game by racking up 94 receptions for 1,171 yards and 7 touchdowns, while only losing a single fumble. Heading into the off season the pass-catching product of Standford University worked with renown sports trainer Jay Glazer to help build muscle and focus on bettering himself as a blocker.
Preseason hopes were set very high for Zach Ertz to build off of his past success and begin to hone in on his responsibilities as a blocker. With the injury causing a minor set back, it looks like everything is getting back to normal and Ertz is ready to get to work.