By Lewis Gould

What with all the bells and whistles and sound and fury about the new Eagles like Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and LeGarrette Blount, let’s not forget about Zach Ertz.

He’s got the eighth-most receptions and receiving yards among the league’s tight ends since 2013. Ertz’s 5.57 catches per game rank first among NFL tight ends and his receiving yards per game rank fourth. So why is it that some opinions aren’t quite on board with all of the statistics?

“I think the catches and the yards are there; the touchdowns are not,” Ertz told Eagles.com. “It’s something I’m definitely working on with Carson (Wentz, quarterback), the red zone, being more efficient when the ball is in the air. Getting the target numbers up in the red zone is something I need to make happen and I’m working hard each and every day to do that. I need to get it done.”

Ertz has more catches and receiving yards gained than any Eagles tight end in his first four seasons. Year over year, the numbers have grown – from 36 in 2013 to 58 in ’14 to 75 in ’15 to 78 last year – and the consistency in catching the football and running precise routes has improved. Ertz has worked really, really hard on becoming a complete tight end and make himself, under the tutelage of tight ends coach Justin Peelle, a better in-line blocker at the line of scrimmage.

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