Zach Ertz has built himself into a top 5 tight end in the NFL. He will continue to dominate opposing linebackers and safeties as Carson Wentz’s favorite target. However, Doug Pederson tends to use a two tight end set very often. This was effective for the Birds last season with Ertz paired with either Brent Celek or “Philly Special”s own Trey Burton. Well, those two are gone and the Eagles made a couple moves to replace the two. Let’s see who the Eagles’ have brought in for tight end depth:
The Eagles traded out of the first round and were able to get their guy with South Dakota State Tight End Dallas Goedert. If you aren’t familiar with Goedert get caught up on him by checking our New to the Nest series. Eagles’ fans immediately started a petition to have Goedert change his first name, you’ve got to love Philly! The thought here is that Goedert will step right into Trey Burton’s role on offense as the Number two tight end. This may be a big leap for a rookie second-round pick; however, at a minimum Doug Pederson should be able to utilize Goedert’s size, 6′-5″ 260lbs in the red zone (see touchdown catch above).
The Eagles needed a veteran presence at tight end after the release of Brent Celek. Rodgers served as the #2 tight end during his tenure with the Green Bay Packers. One area of the game he should pick right up where Celek left off is on special teams. Rodgers has played over 100 snaps on special teams for the Packers in each of the last two season. Where Rodgers may be an improvement over Celek is in the end zone. While this was a few seasons ago, Rodgers did haul in 8 touchdowns while starting 12 games for the Packers in 2015. Pederson has used Rodgers in red zone packages in the short time we’ve seen in OTA’s and minicamps but that may be a product of Goedert getting up to speed with the NFL offense.
- Billy Brown – The former Division II WR, had an uphill climb to make the roster last season, but the Eagles saw enough in the converted TE to keep him on the practice squad. A strong showing in training camp and in the preseason could force his way past Richard Rodgers and onto the Eagles roster.
- Brent Celek – He is just one call away. The once long-tenured Eagle is still out there in free agency. If an injury occurs late in training camp or during the season Celek could be an emergency fill-in if he remains a free agent, but don’t expect to see him with the Eagles before then.
- Joshua Perkins – The former UDFA out of Washington had 3 catches for 42 yards and a touchdown in 2016, his lone NFL season with the Atlanta Falcons. He spent 2017 on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad and faces a steep hill to latch on with the Eagles. Expect to see his name in the first round of cuts once training camp gets underway.