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Despite record-breaking season, Zach Ertz snubbed by All-Pro voters

Despite record-breaking season, Zach Ertz snubbed by All-Pro voters

Zach Ertz, who set an NFL record for tight ends this year with 116 receptions, has been snubbed by the All-Pro voters.

Ertz’s name was a notable omission when the 79th annual Associated Press All-Pro teams were announced Friday.

Not only was he left off the first team, but he was also left off the second team. And there is no third team.

Travis Kelce of the Chiefs was selected first-team All-Pro tight end and George Kittle of the 49ers made second-team.

Ertz caught 116 passes for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns. Kelce caught 103 passes for 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns. Kittle caught 88 passes for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns.

Those three had by far the most yards and catches of any NFL tight ends.

The Eagles' two All-Pro representatives are center Jason Kelce and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (see story)

Ertz broke the NFL single-season tight end receiver record of 110, set in 2012 by Jason Witten. Kelce’s 103 catches are third-most in history.

Kittle and Kelce posted the top two yardage totals in NFL history by tight ends. The previous mark was 1,327 yards by Rob Gronkowski in 2011. Ertz’s 1,163 yards are 14th-most ever by a tight end.

Ertz was the top vote recipient among coaches, players and fans in the Pro Bowl voting in the NFC Pro Bowl voting and Kittle was second. Kelce led all AFC tight ends in votes.

Ertz has 437 career catches, most in NFL history by a tight end in his first six seasons. He has 10 career games with at least 10 catches, third-most ever by a tight end (behind Tony Gonzalez’s 15 and Witten’s 11). He had the game-winning catch in the Eagles’ Super Bowl win over the Patriots as well as a 4th-down catch on the game-winning drive.

There is no official NFL All-Pro team, but the AP team, which has been selected every year since 1940, is generally recognized as the quasi-official team. Other teams are selected by the Pro Football Writers Association, the Sporting News and others.

The AP team is selected by a panel of national football writers.

The Eagles have had three first-team All-Pro tight ends — Pete Retzlaff in 1964, 1965 and 1966, Charle Young in 1973, 1974 and 1975 and Keith Jackson in 1988, 1989 and 1990.

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Some thoughts on the latest anonymously sourced report about Eagles’ offense

Some thoughts on the latest anonymously sourced report about Eagles’ offense

A day after ESPN’s Josina Anderson quoted an anonymous Eagles player upset the team didn’t land cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Anderson is now reporting on some frustration brewing about the offense. 

Here’s what Anderson said on NFL Live on Thursday afternoon: 

“With the team being 3-3, obviously, an Eagles source also talked to me about how they feel like that offense is functioning. One of the things that they said is, ‘We need to make bleep simpler. Sometimes we just need to handle what is manageable.’ They said, ‘Even Peyton Manning knew when to check it down.’ Carson Wentz right now is 38 percent on passes that travel 15 air yards, has three interceptions on passes like that, which is tied for most in the league. He also has 148 passes on those that are 10 yards or fewer. Right now, he has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions on passes like that. So I do think it is an apt point.” 

While the specific criticism doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, I suppose it is newsworthy that there’s criticism of Carson Wentz and maybe (?) Doug Pederson at all. 

But the whole thing seems a little strange. Here are some thoughts on the report, its contents and what it means:

1. The actual criticism doesn’t make much sense to me. Who has watched this team over the past month and thought, ‘Hey, they really ought to check down more!’? The biggest problem with this offense since DeSean Jackson has been missing is the lack of a downfield passing game. And this source wants Wentz to check down more? It doesn’t add up. The stats are also kind of weird. Of course more interceptions happen on passes with lower probability rates. 

2. And … “Even Peyton Manning knew when to check down.” Even the most cerebral quarterback in NFL history knew what to do? Is that what we’re saying here? I guess maybe this means that even the best quarterbacks don’t take deep shots all the time, but Wentz really hasn’t done that this year. In fact, he’s 10th in the league in air yards per attempt. 

3. While the exact criticism seems strange, it is still probably noteworthy that there’s any criticism or frustration at all, and that someone felt strongly enough to leak those thoughts to a reporter. It’s not the first time we’ve seen anonymous source(s) speak critically of Wentz and/or the offense. 

4. And this isn’t the first time Anderson has reported on frustration within the Eagles locker room. Last year, there was a report that one player thought Wentz was “over-targeting Zach Ertz.” 

It would be speculation to assume this is the same player, but it seems like Anderson has become a sounding board of sorts for frustrations about the offense. 

5. Source-guessing isn’t worth it. I’m sure everyone has their hunches on who said what and I’m sure the Eagles and Wentz would like to know, but it’s a pointless exercise. 

6. The only thing more pointless than source-guessing is going back to the Wentz vs. Foles debate. Nick Foles is gone. The Eagles are Wentz’s team. 

7. If this is supposed to be a criticism of Wentz, I don’t really understand it. Could he play better? Sure. But he’s so far down on the list of Eagles’ problems this season. He hasn’t been the one dropping passes or fumbling the ball or getting burnt by deep passes. In fact, he’s played pretty well, considering all that. I also give him credit for how well he’s handled these anonymous criticisms in the past. He’ll probably handle this one the same way.

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Eagles Injury Update: Nigel Bradham misses practice again ahead of Cowboys game

Eagles Injury Update: Nigel Bradham misses practice again ahead of Cowboys game

Nigel Bradham on Thursday missed his second straight practice because of an ankle injury, which is not a good sign for his possible availability Sunday night in Dallas. 

Bradham injured his ankle in the loss to Minnesota. On Wednesday, he limped through the locker room with his left ankle wrapped. 

If Bradham doesn’t play this weekend and without Zach Brown, who was cut on Monday, the Eagles’ top linebackers are likely to be Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nathan Gerry and undrafted rookie T.J. Edwards. The Eagles also have Duke Riley and recently called up Alex Singleton. 

DeSean Jackson (abdomen) wasn’t practicing either. It’s looking like a long shot that he’ll be able to play against Dallas. 

Here's the official injury report: 

Cox (illness) returned after missing Wednesday. He’ll be good to go this weekend. 

Darby (hamstring) was a limited participant to start the week, but he was able to practice again on Thursday, again as a limited participant. 

Mills (foot) is not active yet, but there’s an open roster spot waiting for him if he’s able to return this week. Since he’s not on the 53-man roster, he’s not required to be on the injury report. It’s a good sign that he was practicing again today. 



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