Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh said Wednesday he wants to increase Goedert's involvement, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. "We have a talented player in Dallas, and we need to find more ways to get him involved," Groh said Tuesday. "We need to get him involved more. We had some extenuating circumstances [Week 2 against the Buccaneers], for a variety of reasons." After logging just 17 offensive snaps in both of his first two games, Goedert should see his role expand out of sheer necessity while the Eagles deal with a slew of injuries at wide receiver. The team has largely relied on three-wideout formations during Doug Pederson's tenure as head coach, but the current personnel hints at greater use of two-tight end sets, at least until Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is ready to play. Regardless, it's hard to imagine Goedert averaging more than two or three catches per week unless Zach Ertz misses time with an injury.
Goedert caught one of his three targets for four yards in Thursday's 18-12 win over the Falcons. Although he was reportedly to see more playing time as the Eagles utilized more two tight end sets with Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) out, Goedert was only on the field for 24 percent of the offensive plays in the win. The Eagles' 2018 first-round pick made some rookie mistakes in the contest, failing to get both feet in on a potential touchdown in the first half and later deflecting his final target to a defender for a fourth-quarter interception. Nevertheless, the South Dakota State product still has immense potential and instantly becomes an intriguing play should anything happen to Zach Ertz over the course of the season.
Goedert is projected to see more playing time with Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) likely to miss two weeks, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com reports. The rookie has done nothing but impress this offseason and will get additional chances to show how "pro-ready" he is in the early going, thanks to the Eagles' banged-up receiving corps. Like most of the Philadelphia regulars, he was held out of the final preseason game Thursday in order to assure health for Week 1 at Atlanta. With Richard Rodgers (knee) also recovering from injury, the 23-year-old has an excellent chance at some targets in the seasons' opening weeks.
Goedert caught two of five targets for 26 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to Cleveland. That Goedert got the start alongside Zach Ertz and saw Nick Foles' first target of the day just goes to show how highly the Eagles prize their first-round rookie. The South Dakota State product has impressed in three preseason games thus far, racking up nine catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. The strong showing has him firmly ahead of Richard Rodgers (knee) on the tight end depth chart as the Eagles head into their final tuneup against the Jets.
Goedert (arm) returned to practice Monday, Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports. Goedert apparently wasn't kidding when he deemed his injury minor, as he's back at practice after missing only one day. He's already looking comfortable in the No. 2 tight end role, with four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener against the Steelers. The rookie second-round pick could be quite useful for fantasy purposes if Zach Ertz misses any time with injury during the upcoming season. Trey Burton, who is now in Chicago, scored three touchdowns in the two games Ertz missed last year.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/12||@New York Giants||1||1.00|
|11||11/18||@New Orleans Saints||8||4.00|
|12||11/25||New York Giants||1||1.00|
|15||12/17||@Los Angeles Rams||28||10.00|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||0|