The Eagles are in the process of getting tight end Zach Ertz more involved in the offense. They need more receivers who can get open against man-to-man coverage and Ettz is definitely one of them. In the Giants game they had him run a corner route against the Giants linebackers about four or five times, but it took a couple of tries before he and Michael Vick connected on it, but he’s not running the route correctly.
You might ask me, how do I know exactly how Ertz is supposed to run this route. I had the route run against me by Hall of Famers like Kellen Winslow during my 11-year NFL career.
The mistake the Ertz is making is at the top of the route, which means the point just before he’s going to make his cut and go to the corner. He should give the linebacker an inside move of a few yards inside. That move inside will create more separation between Ertz and the linebacker.
That will give the quarterback an easier throw to the outside because the move inside gives the quarterback three or four more yards of space to drop the ball into.
The route is really not a corner, it’s a POST corner route, when run properly. Ertz needs to look at tape of San Diego’s Antonio Gates, New Orleans Jimmy Graham and New England’s Rob Gronkowski. They each do a great job of giving that subtle inside or outside fake at the top of their routes, to create separation between themselves and the defender.
It’s a small correction, but it will help out Ertz tremendously. As he’s going forward Ertz will also learn the opposite of the post-corner route and that’s a corner post, which isn’t what they call it, but it’s when the tight end comes down field and takes a few steps to the corner at the top of the route, then comes back inside toward the post. It’s very difficult to stop, especially when you have a big receiver running the routes.