The 35th pick in April’s draft, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has been waiting patiently for the opportunity to demonstrate his skills in Chip Kelly’s offense. Ertz has four catches for 74 yards on the season but has only been on the field for 51 of a possible 205 snaps. Though itching to show what he can do, the rookie out of Stanford realizes that backing up veterans players is all part of the process.
Ertz recently spoke with Philly.com about trying to remain patient:
That’s the hardest part. I’ve been ingrained since a young age to compete always and strive to be the best and I think I’m working toward that. You do have to be patient. Control what you can control. That was preached to us at Stanford.
Ertz went on to talk about the lessons he’s learned from Stanford graduate Richard Sherman. One of the best defenders in the NFL now, Sherman had to wait to see the field after being a fifth-round pick. Said Ertz:
That was kind of his big message to me, that you have to wait and do your time sometimes and eventually your time will come. When it comes, you have to make the most of it.
You can see Ertz and the Eagles in action this weekend when they head to Denver to take on the Broncos.