Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz’s Week 3 return benefitted Dallas Goedert the most

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The return of Carson Wentz helped Dallas Goedert put together the best game of his young career for the Philadelphia Eagles during Sunday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Over the years, Zach Ertz has given the Philadelphia Eagles a major advantage on offense with his effective pass-catching abilities, and the argument can be made that without him, chances are they never would have gone on to win their first Super Bowl last February.

Without question, Ertz’s job as the team’s top tight end is always going to be easy as long as he’s healthy, but the Eagles wanted to give the offense an extra advantage during this year’s NFL Draft when they used a second-round pick on another player at the position in Dallas Goedert.

Since tight end wasn’t a major need for Philadelphia at the time, the selection of Goedert came as quite the surprise, but also when looking at their intention behind the move, it made sense. The thought of Goedert teaming up with Ertz to provide the Eagles with a dangerous duo at tight end sounded like a quarterback’s dream if they were able to live up to the hype with big numbers in the passing game.

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Unfortunately, Goedert’s transition to the NFL has been far from smooth after looking at the lack of impact over the first two games, whether it was only catching one pass for four yards in the opener against the Atlanta Falcons or failing to receive a target in Week 2.

However, with most of Sunday being focused on the return of Carson Wentz for the first time since last December when he suffered that serious knee injury, it looks like the return of Philadelphia’s franchise quarterback may be just what Goedert needed to finally get rolling.

Right away, Wentz wasted no time connecting with his new teammate at tight end, after Goedert found the end zone on the opening drive, and even finished the game with seven catches for 73 yards.

Even more impressive, Goedert was targeted seven times in the game, meaning he managed to catch every pass thrown in his direction during the 20-16 win.

One game simply won’t determine whether Goedert was the right selection for the Eagles during this year’s draft, but this was an important step in the right direction to help give the tight end a much needed confidence boost.

Between all of the injuries at the wide receiver position along with seeing how Goedert and Ertz led the team in receiving yards against the Colts, early signs point to Wentz heavily relying on his tight ends moving forward.

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If Goedert can figure out a way to continue playing at this high level, and be involved in a big way on offense, the return of Wentz may end up being the best thing to happen to the rookie tight end.