Zach Ertz cruises for 1st touchdown as a member of the Arizona Cardinals

Oct 24, 2021, 3:39 PM | Updated: 7:38 pm
Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz (86) reacts after making his first reception as an Arizona Ca...

Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz (86) reacts after making his first reception as an Arizona Cardinal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

Zach Ertz didn’t take long to assert himself as a new member of the Arizona Cardinals.

On the second play of the 31-5 win against the Houston Texans on Sunday, he tipped a pass to himself in traffic for an 11-yard first-down catch.

Two catches later, he had his first touchdown as a member of the Cardinals.

The tight end, who was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles 10 days prior, swooped across the middle of the field and turned upfield to receive a pass from Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray. He tacked 30 yards after the catch on the pass of 17 air yards for a 47-yard score to get the Cardinals off to a strong second-half start.

The total length was a career-high for Ertz.

He scored with eight minutes to go in the third quarter and put Arizona ahead, 24-5.

Ertz had three catches for 66 yards after the play, tying receiver A.J. Green for the team-high in yardage.

NextGenStats had the play clocking in with a 3.1% touchdown probability, but Ertz had help from a Texans secondary that wasn’t in great position — not to mention that Arizona receiver Christian Kirk from his deep route ran back into the fray to make a key block for the final few yards of Ertz’s touchdown run.

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