It’s been a big transition in recent weeks for Zach Ertz. The longtime Philadelphia Eagles tight end was traded to the Arizona Cardinals, leaving behind a legacy in Philly that includes a Super Bowl championship.

If he’s trying to win another Super Bowl, he could have been traded to far worse places than Arizona. The Cardinals are the lone undefeated team in the NFL and feature a young, exciting quarterback in Kyler Murray and big weapons all around him at wide receivers, such as  DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk.

Ertz played his first game with the Cardinals on Sunday and made an immediate impact, catching a pass over the middle and scampering for a 47-yard touchdown that effectively ended any chance the Houston Texans had of a comeback.

That was actually the longest touchdown reception of Ertz’s career, besting a 35-yard score he had in 2014. And it also makes him the first player in NFL history to have a touchdown catch for two different teams in back-to-back games in one season.

As for how he’s feeling about his new situation, Ertz seems pretty thrilled.

“It was good,” Ertz said, per Arizona’s site. “It was fun to win a football game and be a part of this culture and team environment.”

“We have a lot of talent,” Ertz said. “I’ve never seen so much green grass in the middle of the field and that’s gonna happen with guys like DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green on the outside.”

Ertz finished his first game with Arizona being targeted five times, catching three passes for 66 yards and the touchdown.


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