Dallas Goedert quickly catching on at training camp

Ed Benkin
August 01, 2018 - 4:16 pm
Dallas Goedert

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If first impressions go a long way, Dallas Goedert has a lot to be happy about.

Goedert was drafted in the second round by the Eagles, and the rookie tight end is already turning heads at training camp. 

Goedert hardly looks out of place as he begins his NFL career. On Wednesday's red zone drill, Goedert was one of the top targets for all of the quarterbacks on the field. He said his progress has been noticeable since his first days of work with the Eagles in the spring.

"It is sinking in," he said. "When I first got here, we had to study really hard. Every time I went to the huddle, I thought I knew what I was doing, but I wasn't sure. We re-installed the stuff and it's almost becoming second nature. We've started playing faster, which was really good."

Goedert came to Philadelphia after a strong college career at South Dakota State University. He finished with 198 receptions for 2,988 yards and 21 touchdowns.  

With Brent Celek and Trey Burton no longer on the Eagles, Goedert could be a more than capable replacement working with Zach Ertz. The prospect of Ertz and Goedert working together near the goal line was on display at Wednesday's practice.

"I think I can help with a lot of places on this team," Goedert continued. "But I think big bodies help in the red zone. I have that, so I think there could be quite a few packages between the tight ends in there to find different ways to hopefully get us open."

It is no surprise that Ertz has embraced his role of mentor to Goedert. Ertz went through his learning curve during his rookie year, and the veteran has been impressed with what Goedert has shown in the early days of training camp.

"He's definitely bigger than I was," said Ertz. "He's showing us some things. You could see why he was drafted. He makes plays on the balls in there. He's physical. He's a lot further along at the point of attack than I was. He's put a lot of work in."

The quarterbacks have also been happy to see what Goedert offers as an added weapon on offense. Nick Foles looked Goedert's way throughout much of the morning workouts, and he sees the same type of potential as many of his teammates and coaches with Goedert added to the tight end rotation. 

"Dallas is really coming along as a rookie," Foles said. "He's got a great tight end to learn from in Zach Ertz. As a quarterback, when you have tight ends that are big and physical and run routes and have that catching radius, it always helps you in the red zone."

Goedert has remained even-keeled despite the high praise he has received at training camp. If he continues to execute the way he has in training camp, the Eagles will have another impressive weapon to work with on offense. For Goedert, it remains a step-by-step process.

"I've got to keep improving every day," he said. "I've got to prove it when we go to the preseason. That's kind of the main focus now. It's going day by day and proving what I can do. I'll leave the rest up to the coaches."