Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has already been crushing records throughout his sixth season in the NFL, and now, in addition to a host of franchise records, he’s set a new league record.
With his 10th reception on Sunday against Houston, Zach Ertz set a new all-time NFL record of 111 catches in a season by a tight end.
And with his fifth catch of the night against the Texans, Ertz moved to third on the Eagles’ franchise all-time reception list — surpassing Brian Westbrook’s 426 receptions.
And, these are just the latest accomplishments and records set by Ertz this season.
During the Week 12 matchup against the Giants, Ertz’s 7 receptions put him at 405 career catches, becoming one of only four NFL tight ends to ever record at least 400 catches in their first six seasons. He joins a short list of tight end legends with the feat, including Jimmy Graham (434), Jason Witten (429) and Antonio Gates (400).
Ertz also surpassed the previous Eagles’ franchise record for catches by a tight end in one season during that game, formerly held by Keith Jackson (1988) with 81.
Then, in Week 13, Ertz set a new single-season franchise record with 91 receptions, besting former running back Brian Westbrook’s record from 2007. The tight end continued racking up stats, and ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Rams, Ertz had already far surpassed his career highs in receptions, targets and yards — and in Week 14, even reached his first 1,000-yard season.
After his third catch of the game against the Rams in Week 15, Ertz became just the fourth tight end in NFL history to record at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. He joins Jason Witten, Dallas Clark, and Tony Gonazlez with his continually impressive performance this season.
The tight end still has one game left to add to his already incredibly productive and impressive season.
UPDATE: Jason Witten wasn’t bitter about being out-done by Ertz, sending out his congratulations to the Eagles’ tight end.