Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has already captured several franchise records with the career-high season he’s having in 2018, and against Washington in Week 13, Ertz set a new single-season Eagles record for all players with 92 catches (and counting) — topping the previous record of 90 set by Brian Westbrook over a decade ago.
Westbrook had an absolute monster year in 2007, and not only set a new franchise record with 90 catches, but also had 278 carries for 2,104 total offensive yards in one (!) season. This means, that the Eagles’ No. 1 and 2 single-season reception leaders are now a tight end and a running back — so much for thinking wide receiver struggles are new in Philadelphia.
But, back to Zach Ertz.
Ertz gave the offense a burst of momentum to start Monday night’s game with a first down catch on the first play of their first drive. The tight end continued to make clutch and contested catches throughout the first half, and went into the locker room with five catches for 54 yards.
He set the new franchise record two catches later with an 8-yard reception 10 minutes into the second half, and then extended that record to 92 just a couple plays later. He could very well be the very first Eagles player to ever record a 100-catch season at his current pace.
With his seven catches for 91 yards against the Giants in Week 12, Ertz had already hit a career high in both catches (84) and receiving yards (895) on the season, and surpassed the previous franchise record of catches by a tight end in one season — held by Keith Jackson in 1988 with 81 receptions.
He’s still two touchdowns shy of tying his career-high of eight TDs in one season (2017) but with three regular season games left, he’s on pace to shatter everything he’s done up to this point as a professional football player.