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Zach Ertz is already making his presence felt

When the Washington Commanders signed tight end Zach Ertz in March, no one believed he would be the starting tight end in 2024. Why? Ertz was 33 and had suffered two season-long injuries that left his future uncertain.

Washington believed Ertz had a lot left in the tank. It helped that his former head coach in Arizona, Kliff Kingsbury, was the Commanders’ new offensive coordinator. After the Philadelphia Eagles traded Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals in 2021, he enjoyed a career renaissance in Kingsbury’s offense.

Washington entered the offseason knowing it needed to fill the tight end position. After releasing veteran Logan Thomas, the Commanders signed Ertz to lead a team filled with younger players like John Bates (4th season), Armani Rogers (3rd season), Cole Turner (3rd season) and rookie second-round pick Ben Sinnott.

This is where Ertz would be counted on to make his impact. Yes, Washington believes he can still play, but head coach Dan Quinn has praised Ertz for his leadership during the offseason.

During an appearance on 106.7 The Fan’s “The Sports Junkies” in Washington, DC, Turner spoke about Ertz’s influence this week.

“Zach and (Kingsbury) had been together for years,” Turner said of Audacy’s Logan Mullen.

“That’s the first thing you see about Zack: He saw what Kliff wanted from the offense. He’s not a selfish guy, he wants to help everyone. It was really fun playing with him. Zach and I have become friends in the few months we’ve known each other. He’s a very likeable guy and someone who gives his all and wants the team to win.”

What Turner would say next would be music to the ears of Quinn and general manager Adam Peters as they try to rebuild the team and reshape the culture.

“It was great to have him there – not just for the tight ends, but for everyone. He’s definitely one of the leaders on the team.”

Coaches and players have heaped praise on Ertz and linebacker Bobby Wagner throughout the offseason. While the Commanders are counting on Ertz to start this season, his most important role may be his influence in Washington’s locker room.

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