By Michael Donovan
If Eagles’ offensive coordinator Frank Reich is being honest and not just blowing smoke:
Look for Eagles tight end to get the ball a lot on Sunday against the Falcons.
“He’s a play-maker,” Reich said of Ertz. “We need to find ways to get him the ball in the red zone.”
Getting the ball to the Ertz was not a problem for the team last Sunday in their 28-23 loss to the Giants, as the tight end was targeted eight times, catching all eight passes for 97 yards.
Ertz disappeared, however, in the red zone, as only one of his eight targets came 20-yards or closer from the endzone — something that has been a problem for the Eagles since the tight end arrived four years ago.
Since being drafted by the Eagles in 2013, Ertz has 192 receptions for 2,271 yards on 282 targets, making him one of the most productive tight ends in the league during that span.
One area the Eagles have not been able to feature Ertz is the red zone, as he has only nine touchdowns in four seasons, and none this season.
“He’s a guy we want to feature,” Reich said. “Obviously, last week was a big week for Zach, period…he probably wasn’t targeted as much in the previous games, period, not just in the red zone.”