The Philadelphia Eagles may have one of the bigger breakout stars this season in second-year tight end Zach Ertz who has the utmost confidence in his skills to beat anyone who tries to cover him.
“I pride myself on being able to create mismatches,” Ertz tells CSNPhilly. “That’s what I’ve done my whole life. My opinion is I can get open against anybody. … I have to have that mentality that I can get open. At the end of last year I started to build my confidence back in myself, where like it was in college that I can beat anybody.”
Ertz was taken in the second round of last year’s draft out of Stanford and played a backup role to Brent Celek for much of the season, but toward the close of last season really started to emerge and make plays.
Reports out of Eagles camp have said that Ertz will be on the field much more than the 41 percent of snaps he was on the field for as a rookie and the team could use more two tight end sets to help offset the loss of the explosive DeSean Jackson.
With the return of Jeremy Maclin to a group of wide receivers that include Riley Cooper who broke out last season and 2014 second rounder Jordan Matthews who has excelled in the slot in addition to Celek and Ertz, Nick Foles will have no shortage of weapons to work with.
That doesn’t even include LeSean McCoy who may be the best running back in the NFL.