The Eagles must unleash TE Dallas Goedert next season, he could be the key for their red zone success
13 June 2019 Eagles News
The Eagles really went all last season without utilizing this player. Now, going forward, he needs to be unleashed.
With their second round draft pick last year, the Eagles selected South Dakota St. tight end Dallas Goedert. Pairing him next to the best tight end in the game, Zach Ertz, gave the Eagles a formidable duo. But, as the season grew on, Goedert’s role primarily became known as a blocking tight end, much like Brent Celek’s. His ability to catch the jump ball and his overall receiving ability wasn’t used as much as it should’ve been.
We saw some serious flashes in the Eagles week 14 matchup versus the Dallas Cowboys. He ended up catching four passes for 44 yards and one touchdown, but he also had one touchdown brought back for one of the worst calls of the season. We saw his ability to beat opposing defenders with his route running and speed, as well as, his natural pass catching prowess.
When it was all said and done, he ended the year with 334 yards and four touchdowns. His first year as an Eagle was a learning process, and so far in 2019, he looks very sharp going into year two. Taking everything in from last season, he’s set to thrive going forward.
In the Eagles 12 man personnel package, with Goedert and Ertz on the field together, it’s going to cause defenses nightmares. Much like Chess, tight ends are moved around to their offenses liking, both Ertz and Goedert have the skill set to be moved around which bodes well for the Eagles’ offense.
Players like Goedert don’t come around too often. He’s both a great blocker and a tremendous wide receiver. His skill set needs to be used more frequently this season. There isn’t one team that can cover both Goedert and Ertz, let alone DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. With that being said, Goedert could be the key to the Eagles red zone offense going forward.
The Eagles struggled in the red zone compared to the 2017 season. They scored a touchdown on 59% of red zone trips last season. That’s down from 65% the season before. A target like Goedert in the red zone is a great commodity for a quarterback. He’s a big body that can lineup inside and outside. Using him to the Eagles advantage in the red zone is going to be a common theme going forward.
Unleashing Goedert and letting him play to his full potential is a must for the Eagles offense. The duo of him and Ertz could end up being one of the most unstoppable in the NFL.
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