Dallas Goedert, TE, second round: Goedert has been one of the real bright spots of camp. He has made the transition well from South Dakota State to this point, showing off the athleticism and playmaking ability that drew the Eagles to him. His body type and movement are so similar to Zach Ertz's, it's hard to tell them apart on the field. Goedert should see playing time immediately.
Goedert had four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles in their preseason opener Thursday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Goedert had the second-most catches and yards amongst NFL rookies on the night and was tied for first in touchdowns. Via Pro Football Focus, Goedert had 4.13 yards per route run, which was fourth-best amongst tight ends around the NFL.
Catching passes were not the only highlights of Goedert's night. Early in the first quarter, Goedert set up the block that paved the way for Jay Ajayi's 22-yard run, one which got the Eagles out from deep in their own territory. Those are the plays that won't make the highlight reel, but ones that stand out to Pederson more than any catch. Dallas Goedert wants to show the NFL, the Eagles and fans around the league that he belongs on the biggest stage with the best players.
“He’s been so dominant,” Goedert said of Gronkowski. “Nobody can dog him. He’s great in the run game. He’s been the best tight end in the league, or one of the best for the last how many ever years. I might tag along if some of the other tight ends go talk to him. It would be pretty cool to talk to him.”
Goedert now hopes he can continue to grow on Eagles fan, awkward first name and all. “I hope that if I play well enough they’ll accept me a little bit more,” Goedert said. “There’s still a few people (who want him to change his name). But a lot of them have gone away from it.”