When the Philadelphia Eagles traded Zach Ertz to Arizona two weeks ago, I argued that Dallas Goedert will finally prove that he’s one of the best tight ends in football. And he’s done just that.
In the two games since Ertz’s departure, Goedert has totaled nine receptions on 10 targets for 142 yards, which averages out to 15.7 yards per reception. In those two contests, Jalen Hurts posted a passer rating of 116.7 when throwing in Goedert’s direction. On the year, Hurts has a 141.1 passer rating when targeting Goedert, by far the highest mark for any pass catcher on the team.
This past week against Detroit, Goedert was the third-highest graded player in the NFL per ProFootballFocus, posting a 90.6 grade. He’s the highest graded non-offensive lineman in football since Ertz’s departure.
Through eight games, there’s only one tight end graded higher than Goedert, Baltimore’s Mark Andrews.
His overall numbers on the year don’t jump off the screen at you. 24 receptions on 31 targets, 358 yards, and two touchdowns, but he’ll more than likely end the year in the top-5 in all of those categories among tight ends now that he’s the unquestioned TE1 in Philly.
Despite those somewhat underwhelming numbers, Goedert is still having a career year. He’s posted a 77.4 catch percentage (second-best mark of his career), 14.9 yards per catch (best of his career), 19 first downs (on pace to be the best of his career), and 51.1 yards per game (best of his career).
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To top it all off, Goedert is one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL. He posted a run-block grade of 79.9 and 81.0 in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Goedert is, without question, the Eagles best receiving threat right now. DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor, and Quez Watkins all have potential, but none of them are finished products. The same can’t be said for Goedert, who has solidified himself as one of the best all-around tight ends in the league.
Goedert is set to become a free agent next offseason, but the front office is more than likely going to make him a priority signing in the coming weeks. He should remain an offensive focal point in Philly for years to come.
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