EAGLES TIGHT ENDS NEED TO BE MORE INVOLVED, STARTING TODAY

By Lewis Gould

One of the mysteries of the Chip Kelly offense is why the Eagles three tight ends — Zach Ertz (photo above), James Casey and Brent Celek — aren’t more involved.

With wideouts like DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts, Jeremy Maclin and Jordan Matthews, it may be a bit difficult getting targets if you’re a tight end on the Redskins or Eagles.

Then again, the coaches and quarterbacks should be looking for their tight ends more often.

Washington fullback / tight end hybrid Niles Paul, yeah Niles Paul, is fourth among tight ends in PFF’s Yards Per Route Run (YPRR) metric, and teammate Jordan Reed isn’t too far behind him. Eagles’ seam-stretcher Zach Ertz is 10th in YPRR.

TOP TIGHT ENDS: YARDS PER ROUTE RUN
RANK NAME TARGETS CATCHES RECEIVING YARDS SNAPS IN ROUTE YARDS PER ROUTE RUN 20+ YARD %
1 Rob Gronkowski 114 76 1,093 407 2.69 25
2 Travis Kelce 69 56 747 315 2.37 23.2
3 Greg Olsen 115 81 961 485 1.98 9.8
4 Niles Paul 48 37 488 252 1.94 18.9
5 Delanie Walker 84 52 760 413 1.84 21.1
6 Jordan Reed 51 39 390 214 1.82 10.2
7 Martellus Bennett 113 81 864 481 1.8 13.5
8 Jordan Cameron 32 18 295 167 1.77 33.3
9 Jimmy Graham 102 73 782 445 1.76 10.9
10 Zach Ertz 62 39 531 317 1.68 23

Riley Cooper and Matthews have been targeted over 80 times, and Maclin has a whopping 128 targets so far this season. For Washington, Paul is rather inexplicably fifth on the team in targets.

Also, notice how many 20+ yard plays each tight end accounts for relative to the number of catches they’ve made in 2014.

Ertz’s 20+ yard percentage is close to Gronkowski’s percentage, and Paul’s is better than the percentages of Jimmy Graham and Martellus Bennett.

 

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