Philadelphia Eagles: Dallas Goedert has been a disappointment

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As the crown jewel of the Philadelphia Eagles 2017 draft class, Dallas Goedert’s rookie campaign has been incredibly underwhelming thus far.

The Philadelphia Eagles are bad, like really bad, at pretty much every position across the roster, but one position group that’s been surprisingly underwhelming has been tight end.

I know that’s pretty crazy to say when you consider that Zach Ertz is having one of the best seasons of any tight end of all time, as he’s on pace to catch 123 balls for 1,286 yards in route to having his name etched in the NFL’s all-time record books, but outside of number 86, the rest of the team’s tight ends have been woefully ineffective.

And the worst culprit of all has to be 2018 second-round pick Dallas Goedert.

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To be fair, it’s not like Goedert has been woefully bad, but when Howie Roseman opted to trade out of the first round to hand the Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson, and used his first selection in the draft to select Goedert, did the team really expect they’d only receive 18 catches on 22 targets for 188 yards for their efforts?

Goedert does have three receiving touchdowns to his name, which currently ranks third on the team behind only Ertz and Nelson Agholor, but after being sold a bill that Dallas’ addition could help to craft a two-headed tight end monster the likes of which the NFL hasn’t seen since the dynamic one-two punch of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in New England it’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed.

When you consider that the Eagles actually had to trade up to procure Goedert’s services, giving up the 169th overall pick in the process, that’s a tough pill to swallow.

While it was sweet at the time to leapfrog the Dallas Cowboys, Goedert’s namesake team, to select the tight end out of South Dakota State 49th overall, the results have been less than exhilarating, especially when you consider that potentially better fitting pass catchers like Anthony Miller and James Washington were takes later in the first.

And that’s totally disregarding players like Justin Reid, Malik Jefferson, and recent Eagles killer
Tre’Quan Smith who were all selected before the Eagles went on the clock again on Day 3.

Now to be fair, Goedert’s transition into the NFL was never going to be easy, as he was seldom asked to block at his division two college, and played against far weaker competition than many of his second round peers, but after watching fans, pundits, and analysts call Goedert ‘the Gronk of the FCS’ and receiving positive comparisons to his current teammate Zach Ertz it’s hard not to be a bit disappointed.

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Will Goedert ever elevate his game enough to become a solid yin to Ertz’s yang, or will he forever be the Robin to Zach’s Batman? Needless to say, maybe Roseman and company should have just let Dallas select Goedert with the 50th overall pick and actually address a position of need with plenty of talented players still on the board.