Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (or someone else writing under his name) recently published a new blog entry on his official web site. You know it’s a slow time in the NFL offseason when I’m publishing a blog post about a player publishing a blog post, but here we are. Ertz touched on a number of Eagles topics, including rookie quarterback and future of the franchise: Carson Wentz.
Carson Wentz is a great kid, and he’s got a ton of potential. He’s extremely hard working, so that bodes well for him in this league and for us as an organization. Carson’s got a big arm, and I think the game is slowing down for him every day. Every rookie has to adjust to the speed. I was the same way for sure. But he’s definitely adjusting well. Each person, each rookie is different. With Carson, you can see and understand from the beginning that he gets it. He comes in with his head down, and all he wants to do is work hard and prove to his teammates that we can trust him. That’s something you respect as a veteran player. I think he’s getting very comfortable and I know he loves Philadelphia already, so there’s a lot to like there.
The 25-year-old Ertz will likely be one of Wentz’s top offensive weapons for years to come. But that time will have to wait for now because Sam Bradford projects to be the team’s starter under center this season.
Sam Bradford has come to the offseason workouts with a ton of excitement, juice and confidence, and has been running the first unit. From the standpoint of someone who will be catching his passes, I’m happy to have some continuity at the position. The two of us together had a couple of great games in regards to our individual success at the end of last season, and that gives us something to build on. But at the same time, we didn’t achieve our goal as a team of winning games and that’s all that really matters.
Ertz was a big advocate of the Eagles retaining Bradford this offseason. It’s not hard to see why. The quarterback and the tight end developed a nice rapport in the last four games of the 2015 season. Bradford targeted Ertz 48 times in the final quarter of the schedule. During that stretch, Ertz finished with 35 receptions for 450 yards and one touchdown.
A few other notes from the blog post:
- Ertz calls Doug Pederson an “unbelievable teacher both on and off the field.”
- Ertz praises defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and says “our entire defense is extremely talented.”
- Ertz says the new Eagles offense allows him to move around more than Chip Kelly’s did. He then explicitly said he’s not knocking Kelly’s offense.
- Ertz details his plans before training camp starts.
- Ertz admits he wasn’t as healthy as he could be heading into training camp last year.
Nothing really earth-shattering going on here, but the entire post is worth a look in this slow time of year.