Ertz snagged five of 10 targets for 73 yards during Sunday's 20-16 win over the Colts.
Who did Carson Wentz miss most of all while recovering from ACL surgery? If his attention during the Eagles' first drive was of any indication, it was Ertz. Wentz hit him up the seam for a 17-yard gain for his first completion and went on to connect with the tight end on all three of his targets during the Eagles' opening touchdown drive for a total of 32 yards. With all of the concerns about Philly's depth at receiver, Ertz is the man to key on, considering he's seen double-digit targets every game thus far. With Wentz now back in action, Ertz should see an uptick in downfield production from those looks.
As expected, Ertz saw no shortage of volume in the Eagles' second straight game to open the season without Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) and Mike Wallace exiting early with an ankle injury The prolific tight end led the Eagles in receptions, receiving yards and targets, and he's now logged a whopping 23 looks through two games. Ertz will potentially have a chance to reestablish his strong connection with Carson Wentz (knee) in a Week 3 battle against the Colts, if the latter is reportedly ready to return to action in that contest as expected.
Ertz paced the Eagles in receiving yards on a night when Nick Foles struggled to complete better than 50 percent of his throws. The athletic tight end did record a team-long 18-yard reception as part of his tally, and although rookie backup Dallas Goedert was targeted on three occasions as well, Ertz drew even with Nelson Agholor for the team lead in passing-game looks. Ertz should see an increase in his already robust workload as long as Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is sidelined, although he's projected to be near the team lead in targets even when the pass-catching corps is back at full health.
Ertz caught four pass attempts for 26 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Browns.
Ertz saw five targets in all out of Nick Foles' 17 pass attempts and now has 46 yards on five catches in his two preseason games. Most importantly, the 27-year-old is one of the few healthy pass-catching options on the team at the moment. The six-year veteran is poised once again to be a top-flight tight end this season.
Ertz (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports.
Despite missing just three days of practice, Ertz may be held out of the preseason opener Thursday against Pittsburgh, as the likely absence of both Carson Wentz (knee) and Nick Foles (upper body) could encourage the Eagles to wait until the second week of the preseason to take a look at their first-string offense. Ertz was productive while playing with both quarterbacks last season, averaging 5.2 catches in 11 games with Wentz and 5.8 catches in six games (including playoffs) with Foles.
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