By now, we’ve all heard about the Eagles’ trade for QB Zach Zeke, who was supposed to help replace the departure of Carson Wentz.
Now we know Ertz will be a difference-making option for the Eagles.
Ertz told NFL Media’s Mike Rodak that he expects to be the starting quarterback this year and the Eagles are “just going to be happy” with him.
Ertz has played in all 16 games in 2016, completing 58.2% of his passes with nine touchdowns and just two interceptions.
He also threw for 8,374 yards with 32 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.
The Eagles’ first-round pick, Ertz had some struggles this season.
He completed just 39.5% of throws with seven touchdowns and four interceptions, while averaging just 3.1 yards per attempt and finishing just 13-of-29 passing for 67 yards and a touchdown.
He’s also had a poor track record of getting open.
In Ertz’s first two NFL seasons, he completed just 21.5 percent of his throws for 4,068 yards and 17 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.
The only time Ertz threw for over 300 yards and 20 touchdowns was in 2014.
As for what the Eagles need to improve this offseason, Erz said he thinks they need to get a better offensive line.
He said he expects the Eagles to improve their run defense, adding that they will need to “build on what we did last year and bring in some better pass protection.”
The Eagles need a quarterback, of course, and they have already signed Brandon Doughty, who had some problems with accuracy last season, but the Eagles did get a solid veteran in former NFL offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
That should help the Eagles, but Ertz said he hopes the Eagles will “just be happy with Zach.”
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The 6-foot-4, 232-pound Ertz is a former quarterback who started 14 games in college.
He was a backup for the Arizona Cardinals in 2015 and played one game in 2016 before signing with the Eagles in 2016.
He started just three games for the New Orleans Saints last season and finished with four touchdown passes and three interceptions.
Erts most notable performance came in his rookie season with the Saints, when he threw for a career-high 4,988 yards and 32 touchdowns.
He threw for 2,097 yards and 19 touchdowns as a rookie.
The Eagles selected him with the third pick in the 2017 draft.