Despite frustrating losses in the past two weeks, Zach Ertz has returned to form—posting a season-high yardage total against Washington. The Philadelphia Eagles tight end has accumulated 19 catches and 191 yards in his last two contests, a stat line which he credits to emerging star and rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. The two are looking forward to a long-term successful relationship in Eagles uniforms, starting with their next opportunity to work together this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens.
“I think the future is bright between the two of us,” Zach said. “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to finally have a quarterback that I’m able to build that trust and chemistry with for a long period of time. I know I really haven’t had it the last three or four years that I’ve been here. I speak for a lot of guys, that we’re really excited to have Carson here for a long period of time.”
“We’re really starting to see the game similarly. I’m being in spots where he expects me and he’s throwing the ball where kind of I expect it to. I think all the hard work we put in behind the scenes is really starting to pay off, but ultimately, we have to win the game. It doesn’t really matter how many catches or yards I have in a game. We’re just trying to win.”
Wentz is just as enthused on the explosion of production with his tight end.
“[Ertz] has been great,” Wentz said. “He has been a great security blanket. Sometimes he is the primary option as well. He is able to do a lot of different things underneath and down the field that are nice to have in a tight end.”
This week, the tandem will look to add the most important statistic of them all, a victory over a tough Ravens team that gave New England all they could handle on Monday night. It could be a big night for No. 86 as a blocker and receiver, as Baltimore is the No. 1 rushing defense in the NFL. Zach and his teammates have a lot of respect for the Baltimore defense and spoke highly of them this week.
“They’re physical, I mean they’re the typical AFC North Ravens that you see each and every year in the playoffs,” Zach said. “That front seven led by Suggs, and some of those big guys up front are very physical. Eric Weddle that they brought over is playing at a very high level. They’re the number one rush defense in the NFL right now, so we’re going to have to bring our A game in the rushing department in order for us to be successful, and it’s going to be a great challenge for us.”
The game kicks off on FOX at 1 p.m. ET from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.