Zach Ertz Isn’t an All-Pro According to National Writer Dweebs

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Imagine breaking Jason Witten’s single-season tight end receptions record with 116 catches, posting the 14th-most yards all-time in a single season with 1,163, and NOT making the 79th Annual AP All-Pro first team.

Seems insane, right?

Well at least you’ve made the All-Pro second team, right?

Wrong.

Third team?

Non-existent.

Such is the state of affairs for Zach Ertz, whose record-breaking year was apparently not enough to supplant the Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce nor the San Francisco 49ers’ George Kittle on the first or second teams, respectively.

What makes Ertz’ season even more remarkable – and perhaps Kittle’s to an extent – is the way Ertz did it: playing with two different starting quarterbacks and finding plenty of success with both, including five games with at least ten receptions. While his eight touchdowns weren’t as many as Kelce’s ten, he did out-gain Kittle’s five. Kittle’s 88 receptions were the fewest of the trio, while Ertz’s 1,163 yards were third among the group.

If you’re wondering where to send your hate mail, I have a bit of bad news: the Associated Press panel hasn’t been made public, but if/when it does, we’ll update you.

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5 Responses

  1. Do some research. His overall #’s aren’t as good as Kelce’s, but are more comparable to Kittle. He did less than Kelce with more targets.

  2. Ertz led in catches with 116, Kittle led in yards with 1377, and Kelce led in TDS with 10. So, I wouldn’t say he was completely hosed as an equal case could be made for all 3 players. He was edged out by guys who also had NFL historical seasons of their won. I think what they may have ultimately used as a deciding factor here was they looked at yards per catch. Ertz was only 10.0 per catch, while Kelce was 13.0 per catch and Kittle was an astounding 15.6 yards per catch.

    Still, it was nice to see two Eagles make the list in Cox and Jason Kelce.

    1. Just to get it out of the way, I don’t know a lot of people who would take Ertz over Kelce, so let’s move on from there.

      It is all how you look at it. You could make the case that Kittle is the more impactful receiver because of Yards/catch or for Ertz because of TDs and catches. Kittle had a lot of targets because the 9ers were bad, but he also played with a sub-par QB. The point is it stinks that Ertz didn’t get it, but it is not a clear mistake IMO, because he lost to 2 guys with over 1300 yards. There are plenty of other guys to get upset about besides Ertz.

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