After a Super Bowl victory in 2017, Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles put together an impressive 2018 campaign but fell short of their ultimate goal of defending their crown. Zach and his Eagles teammates opened training camp to start the 2019 season with their first practice on Thursday with their sights firmly set on reaching their second Super Bowl in the last three seasons.
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The players returned to Philadelphia on Wednesday before putting their jerseys back on and getting reps on the practice field on Thursday. They’ll head back to the field Friday and Saturday morning before taking Sunday off.
No. 86 enters the 2019 season with high expectations coming off an exceptional record-breaking 2018 campaign in which Zach secured 116 receptions for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns. Over the past two seasons, Ertz has 190 receptions for 1,987 yards and 16 touchdowns, and he is hungry for more in 2019 with a fully healthy Carson Wentz under center.
The Eagles are excited about the entire group of pass catchers, which other than Ertz includes Dallas Goedert, Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson. With most of the offense healthy, the Eagles hope to develop a strong chemistry before their Week 1 matchup against the Washington Redskins.
“Having a roster as talented as it is, but also to be healthy right now is huge,” Carson Wentz said.
And Ertz agrees that the team is extremely talented. He believes this could be the team’s best roster since he joined the franchise in 2013.
“Obviously it’s early, but you look around the locker room in terms of talent, I’ve never been on a team like this,” Ertz said.
While talent is part of the equation, it doesn’t always lead to victory. For the Eagles to return to the Super Bowl, they need to put in the work during these summer months to put themselves in a position to succeed during the season.
That process began on Thursday and will continue on throughout the preseason as this year’s Eagles’ team will look to find its identity and build chemistry that will carry this team where it wants to go.
“The talent that we have on this roster is second to none since I’ve been here,” Ertz said. “But in terms of executing, coming together as a team, building the chemistry, that’s what really separated that team when we won it a couple years ago, how close we were on and off the field. So that’s still coming, it’s still early. That’s why we have training camp. That’s why we have mandatory minicamp, and that’s why we hang out off the field, to build that team chemistry with one another and hopefully execute when it matters.”
Philadelphia will continue building chemistry and installing their playbook in preparation for their preseason opener at home against the Tennessee Titans on August 8, which is just two weeks away.