Why Zach Ertz, the Cardinals’ tight end, is on the verge of a breakthrough season


Why Zach Ertz, the Cardinals’ tight end, is poised for a breakout season

The Arizona Cardinals are in desperate need of a spark plug after losing two of their last three games.

While the Cardinals dominated the San Francisco 49ers in Week 9, their performance against the Panthers was dreadful.

Because of Kyler Murray’s ankle injury, veteran backup quarterback McCoy has started the last two games.

Murray, unlike the previous two weeks, has practiced earlier in the week in preparation for his road game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Ian Rapoport, an NFL insider, weighed in on Murray’s latest developments.

“It’s good that he’s practicing all week,” Rapoport said.

“Murray has yet to complete a full practice.”

That’s usually a sign that a guy is going to play.”

(hashtag)AZCardinals QB Kyler Murray believes he’s “close” to returning, and that practicing today is a good sign.

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November 18, 2021, by Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)

Murray’s return in Week 11 will be a close call, according to coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Murray has one more day of full participation in practice on November 19th.

Following his chest injury against the Panthers, McCoy has participated in two straight practices.

When MVP candidate Murray returns, the offense will obviously improve.

Whatever the case may be, there is evidence that an offensive player will erupt.

Keep an eye on a key veteran.

We’ve already discussed the quarterback injury, but the Cardinals still have to deal with other offensive injuries.

With a high-ankle sprain, Chase Edmonds was placed on injured reserve.

DeAndre Hopkins, the All-Pro wide receiver, has been out with a hamstring injury since Week 8.

Several men have been called upon to step forward.

Christian Kirk leads the team in receptions, and running back James Conner had a career-high three touchdowns in Week 9.

The true key ingredient, however, could be tight-end Zach Ertz.

The 31-year-old hasn’t been overly impressive on the stat sheet since scoring a 47-yard touchdown in his debut.

In three straight games, Ertz hasn’t topped 50 yards.

Fortunately, there is still a lot of season left.

It takes time for a pass-catcher to become accustomed to a new system.

With Hopkins out, the Super Bowl champion has a better chance of contributing.

In the last two weeks, Ertz’s route rates have surpassed 80% for the Cardinals.

Zach Ertz could be the next big thing…

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