Zach Ertz on pace to set record for catches by a TE in a season

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Eagles tight end Zach Ertz had seven catches for 91 yards in last Sunday’s victory over the Giants and that’s the kind of productivity that the team has been able to take for granted this season.

Ertz has 84 catches for 895 yards so far this season and both of those marks represent career highs for the six-year veteran. If he continues making plays at the same pace, he’ll hit a lot more than personal milestones. Brian Westbrook’s franchise record of 90 catches in a season will almost certainly fall if Ertz remains healthy and he is on pace to set an NFL record for tight ends as well.

Jason Witten set a record for receptions by a tight end in a single season with 110 in 2012, but Ertz’s average of over 7.6 catches per game would leave him with 122 for the year if it remains in place. As Jeff McLane of Philly.com points out, Ertz is also on pace for over 1,300 receiving yards and no tight end has ever had that many yards and 100 catches in the same season.

“Well, he’s a big guy and he’s got excellent play strength, a really good catch radius and strong hands,” offensive coordinator Mike Groh said of Ertz at a Tuesday press conference. “So he can catch it away from his body, and even in those tight spaces like you talk about, he’s able to create a little bit more space for himself by using his body and his length. He’s got absolutely fantastic hands, so Carson has a lot of confidence in that and puts it in the right spot for him to be able to make a play.”

Ertz may not wind up rewriting the record book in the final five weeks, but he’ll likely get every chance to do so unless the Eagles start doing something radically different on offense.

9 responses to “Zach Ertz on pace to set record for catches by a TE in a season

  1. All these passing/receiving records will be broken because of the rules protecting them. They need to list records by era.

  2. Zach Ertz is the most prolific tight end I have ever seen ,he borders on unstoppable ,if this keeps up he will be the best tight end of all time and needless to say a first ballot HOFer ,,amazing !

  3. Just for clarity, Westbrook wasn’t a TE. Also, Gronkowski has 1327 yds (from 90 catches) in 2011, and had 18 TDs that year too (17 pass, 1 rush) both of which are the current NFL record for a TE.

  4. Michael E says:
    November 28, 2018 at 7:45 am
    All these passing/receiving records will be broken because of the rules protecting them. They need to list records by era.
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    I’m a huge Ertz fan, but I couldn’t agree more. In regards to someone else’s comment about 1st ballot HOF…let’s pump the brakes a bit. Like I said, as an Eagles fan I love Ertz, but I’ll wait until the end of his career and see how his numbers stack up against other TE’s of his generation before putting him in the HOF.

  5. Let’s not call him just a TE. He is basically a hybrid TE/WR the way they use him. He can’t block that well and in today’s NFL where you cannot play defense this is not a surprise. All passing records are going down. And lets really focus on the eagles for a second. The team is 5 and 6, their scoring is way down from last year, and the qb only reads to ertz or alshon. So really how impressive is this achievement. Not really that impressive. And you know I’m right.

  6. Ertz is not a physical monster like Gronk or Travis Kelce nor is he the fastest TE in the league but he is an incredible route runner, he just knows how to get open. Sometimes it’s the intangibles which make a great player.

  7. I’m a huge Ertz fan, but I couldn’t agree more. In regards to someone else’s comment about 1st ballot HOF…let’s pump the brakes a bit. Like I said, as an Eagles fan I love Ertz, but I’ll wait until the end of his career and see how his numbers stack up against other TE’s of his generation before putting him in the HOF.
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    Me thinks you missed the sarcasm in Elmer’s comment. He’s a Bird hater.

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