Eagles TE Zach Ertz thinks Carson Wentz is connecting better with teammates this season
Philadelphia Eagles veteran tight end Zach Ertz is seeing a different kind of player in fourth-year franchise quarterback Carson Wentz.
Ertz, 28, is entering his seventh season as a pro—all with the Eagles—and he admitted 2018 was tough due to expectations on Philly and Wentz, the 26-year-old signal-caller the Eagles selected with the second overall pick in the 2016 draft.
“There was a lot of drama last year, on the field, off the field,” Ertz said. “So we’re just trying to get ahead of that and focus on being great teammates. I feel like that article, whether it was true or not, Carson looked internally and didn’t brush it off. He reflected and tried to see that even if I’m not perfect, how can I be better?
“And I think he’s a little more outgoing and made an effort, for instance, to take us all out to dinner. He’s extended himself this year, and hopefully all that drama stuff will be in the past.”
Ertz has developed as one of the Eagles’ offense go-to, primary options as an elite pass-catching threat at his position. The former second-round selection by Philly recorded 116 receptions for 1,163 yards during the 2018 season, scoring eight touchdowns and averaging 10.0 yards per reception.
Wentz, on the other hand, has seen his brief NFL career stall despite much promise due to a litany of injuries. The North Dakota State product saw ex-teammate Nick Foles lead the birds to the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory during the 2017-18 season after Wentz went down with an ACL injury in Week 14.
Now back as the focus under center for the Eagles’ offense, Wentz is carrying a lot of pressure for a team that won the Big Game just two years ago.
Nevertheless, Wentz’s vet in Ertz apparently sees his QB connecting better this time around.