Once the Eagles wrapped up OTAs in early May, a handful of beat writers raved about the development of second-year tight end Dallas Goedert. Zach Rosenblatt called Goedert “the star” of OTAs, and TE coach Justin Peele reinforced that by saying Goedert’s development was “phenomenal.”
There’s no doubt that Goedert has the potential to be a standout player in Doug Pederson’s offense in 2019. Last season as a rookie, Goedert played a total of 523 snaps (48% of the team’s snaps) and amassed 33 catches for 334 yards and four touchdowns.
What’s most impressive about Goedert’s game — and what separates him from Zach Ertz — is his ability to get yards after the catch. Goedert ranked in the top-10 in yards after the catch per reception (5.4) and missed tackles forced per reception (0.12). As opposed to Ertz, who only averaged two yards of after the catch per reception.
Goedert’s ability to make plays in the open field combined with the reception machine known as Zach Ertz could make for one of the best TE duos in the NFL (if not THE best).
When Howie Roseman pulled the tirgger and drafted Goedert in the second round last season it was seen by many as a luxury pick. The argument was that the pick could have been put to better use given some of the team’s bigger needs. While I completely understand that thought process it’s hard to deny the potential we have brewing here.