Eagles Worked Out Stanford Tight End Zach ErtzBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Tight Ends Monday, April 1st, 2013
Eagles head Chip Kelly couldn’t stop talking about the New England Patriots utilization of their tight ends. You could see that he was enamored with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Fernandez, who present matchup problems for the defense. He likes the idea of having big receivers, who can run and make plays in the red zone because that’s how you score points.
Kelly has said that he wants to get bigger as a football team and that big guys beat up little guys.
This is one of the reasons I think the report that the Birds had tight ends coach Ted Williams working out Stanford tight end Zach Ertz last week is significant.
He’s a matchup nightmare at 6’5″ 249 pounds. He’s got a great set of hands and he’s had success in the red zone. He caught 69 passes for 898 yards in 2012. He caught six touchdowns while averaging 13 yards a catch.
Kelly has already added a tight end/H-back in James Casey to the offense, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all, if the Birds drafted another tight end to work with Brent Celek and Casey. I’m not sure how they feel about the Birds backup tight end Clay Harbor.
Again, Kelly seems to want to have a size advantage with his receivers when he’s throwing the football. It makes sense when to take account of how the referees call the NFL game. A big receiver has a tremendous advantage because of pass interference penalties.
Maybe we’ll have more success getting the ball in the end zone when we get in the area from now on.
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