In college, Nick Foles had the pleasure of throwing to Rob Gronkowski. In the NFL, he’s enjoyed hooking up with Zach Ertz.
The two tight ends, Foles says, are nearly indistinguishable.
Nick Foles played with Gronk at Arizona. Foles said Ertz is similar in ability to stretch defense, make tough catches, thrive on athleticism
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) August 16, 2014
Gronkowski, of course, is a proven commodity, already established among the elite at his position — when he’s on the field, that is. Ertz, the Eagles’ second-round pick in 2013, is still working his way up the ranks. He caught 36 passes for 469 yards and four touchdowns in his impressive rookie campaign.
As Rotoworld points out, Ertz ran a slightly faster forty and recorded a better vertical at their respective Pro Days. (Keep in mind, Gronk is an inch taller and nine pounds heavier than Ertz.)
Coincidentally (or not), Foles’ comparison comes a day after the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Ertz shined against the Patriots in Philly’s second preseason contest, hauling in two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown. The most interesting takeaway is Ertz worked exclusively with the first-string.
Operating within Chip Kelly’s up-tempo, highly-productive offense, Ertz is primed for a breakout second season. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if, sooner than later, he’s consistently mentioned in the same breath as Gronkowski.
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