Ertz helping out Eagles' pick Ed Reynolds


If anyone understands what Ed Reynolds is going through, it's Zach Ertz.

Reynolds, a safety and fifth-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles, remains at Stanford where he's preparing to graduate on Sunday. Reynolds missed the last set of organized team activities because of an NFL rule which prohibits rookies from joining the team until graduation.

Reynolds will be permitted to attend the Eagles' mandatory minicamp, June 17-19.

Ertz, a second-year tight end from Stanford, went through a similar situation last year and spoke to Reynolds.

"We chatted a few times when he was out here,” Ertz told CSNPhilly.com. "I kind of just told him to keep his body in very good shape, which I know he will because that's the kind of person and player he is.”

Ertz and Reynolds were teammates at Stanford from 2010-12. Reynolds missed the 2011 season with a torn ACL and MCL. But now Reynolds is healthy and ready to graduate. The next step in the NFL won't be easy, especially when missing OTAs.

"He's (Reynolds) out there grinding,” Ertz told CSNPhilly.com. "We've got a great strength and conditioning program back there, so he's back there with them. But at the end of the day, you can't really replicate what we're doing out here so it is kind of tough.”