Ertz ranked among NFL's top young TEs

July, 11, 2014
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There are a number of blossoming tight ends in the NFL.

Count the Philadelphia Eagles' Zach Ertz among them.

NFL.com released an interesting list of seven top young tight ends with two years or less experience.

Ertz, a second-year pro from Stanford, was ranked fourth on this list behind Ladarius Green of the San Diego Chargers, Eric Ebron of the Detroit Lions and Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins.

Here's what Gil Brandt of NFL.com wrote about Ertz: "The second-year pro is a very skilled receiver and blocker who showed as a rookie (36 catches for 469 yards and four scores) that he can really play well in that Eagles attack, which is a good system for tight ends. Ertz's fluidity helps him get loose in the secondary; he's definitely more than just a straight-line speed guy. Speaking of speed, while his 4.65-second 40-yard dash might not seem fast, can you imagine a 6-5, 250-pounder barreling toward you at that pace? The image should crystallize the matchup problem that many of the tight ends on this list present: stopping a giant who can run as fast as your 5-11 safety -- and jump as high, too."

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