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    Will Zach Ertz Be a Hall of Famer?
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    Will Zach Ertz be a Hall of Famer?

    Zach Ertz is the latest in a series of stories looking at the Hall of Fame chances of current or recent Eagles who are still active in the NFL

    Friday, July 19: Fletcher Cox
    Today: Zach Ertz
    Sunday, July 21: DeSean Jackson
    Monday, July 22: Jason Kelce
    Tuesday, July 23: LeSean McCoy
    Wednesday, July 24: Jason Peters
    Thursday, July 25: Darren Sproles

    Numbers: Has 437 catches for 4,827 yards and 29 touchdowns in his first six seasons.

    Postseason numbers: Caught 31 passes for 316 yards and two TDs in six career playoff games, including the game-winning touchdown catch in Super Bowl LII against the Patriots.

    Honors: Ertz made his first two Pro Bowls in 2017 and 2018.

    Favorite stat: Ertz is the only player in Super Bowl history to catch a fourth-down pass on a game-winning fourth-quarter drive.

    Records and rankings 

    • Ertz set an NFL record in 2018 with 116 catches, breaking the mark of 110 set in 2012 by Jason Witten.

    • Ertz's 437 receptions are most in NFL history by a tight end in his first six seasons. He broke the record of 434 set from 2010 through 2016 by Jimmy Graham.

    • Ertz's 116 catches broke the Eagles single-season record of 90 set in 2007 by Brian Westbrook.

    • Ertz already ranks third in Eagles history in receptions, behind only Harold Carmichael (589) and Pete Retzlaff (452).

    • He doesn't turn 29 until November, but Ertz already ranks 31st in NFL history in career receptions by a tight end. He's only 153 out of the top 10. At his current rate - 5.8 catches per game since becoming a full-time starter in 2015 - that's only 26 games away.

    Analysis 

    Maybe it's silly to project Ertz as a Hall of Famer before his 29th birthday, but if he can stay healthy and keep stringing together the type of seasons he has been, it's going to happen.

    Since becoming a full-time starter four years ago, Ertz has averaged 86 catches, 914 yards and 5 ½ touchdowns.

    If he keeps up that pace for six more years and plays until he's 34, which most top tight ends are able to do, he'll have 953 catches, 10,311 yards and 62 TDs after the 2024 season.

    Not to mention a game-winning late fourth-quarter TD catch in a Super Bowl.

    If he does that, nobody is going to keep him out of Canton.

    Verdict: Will be a Hall of Famer.

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