ATLANTA -– Tight end Zach Ertz emerged from Monday night's season-opening loss in Atlanta healthy. And that's very, very good news.
After missing the last few weeks of the summer with a core muscle injury that required surgery, Ertz returned to the field on Monday night and had three catches for 46 yards in the 26-24 loss to Atlanta. He was targeted eight times and felt he was "open a lot of the game."
"The ball didn't come my way because we had other guys making plays and I thought they did an unbelievable job," Ertz said. "Obviously, I'm sore from not taking a hit since last season, really, because I hadn't experienced any live action in the preseason but I'm just really looking forward to the Cowboys coming in."
Ertz made a spectacular diving catch of a Sam Bradford pass for 21 yards in the fourth quarter to set up the offense on a touchdown drive that gave the Eagles a brief 24-23 lead, and he should be a huge part of the offense moving forward. It's an offense, by the way, that needs to be much more consistent than it was on Monday night. The Eagles totaled 399 yards of net offense in the game, but just 125 in the first half. They turned the ball over twice on Bradford interceptions, yet they were 3-of-4 in the red zone and Bradford passed for 336 yards, completing passes to 10 different receivers.
"We need to execute. That's it," Ertz said. "It's all going to come together, but we just didn't execute in the first half. That defense plays so hard and so fast and you need to execute against them. They're physical. They truly capitalized on all of our mistakes and that's what held us back in the first half."
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