Rookie tight end Dallas Goedert catching on quickly

Ed Benkin
June 13, 2018 - 7:07 pm
Eagles players at an OTA practice

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Strong performances in off-season workouts often arrive with a side of caution.

Players running drills without pads in the spring hardly qualifies as being ready for prime time. However, it has been hard not to notice Dallas Goedert at the Eagles practice facility.  

The rookie tight end has made quite an impression in the early going and many believe he is capable of being a key contributor in 2018. For the second-round draft pick, the process remains one step at a time.

"I really didn't have any true benchmarks," said Goedert. "Learning the offense was probably the main thing. Then it's just about continuing to play fast and showing the coaches what I can do."

Goedert appears to be learning the offense well.  In an offense where multiple tight ends are often used, the rookie could make a major impact lining up with veteran Zach Ertz. 

Head coach Doug Pederson has been impressed with Goedert and also believes he is benefiting from working with Ertz on the practice field.

"Just the athleticism right now that you see pops," Pederson said. "He's getting a lot better in his detail of his routes. [Tight ends coach] Justin Peelle has done a really nice job with him coaching him up this spring, and watching Zach Ertz, too, he’s really benefited from that."
 
Ertz has been happy to do his part to help Goedert make the transition to the NFL. Ertz enjoyed a monster season a year ago but lost two of his tight end teammates. Brent Celek was released, while Trey Burton signed with Chicago. However, Ertz already likes what he sees of Goedert.

"He's coming along great," said Ertz. "He's a big tight end. He's physical. He's able to use his body. He's got really good hands and long arms. He's been a really good talent so far. We're excited to see him in pads come the fall. I think right now, he's really doing well picking up the offense and doing everything we're asking him to."

Goedert is also getting an introduction to the Eagles' culture. The closeness of the players has been well-documented. While Goedert is still a rookie learning on the field, he is welcomed by the rest of the Eagles off the field in the locker room.

"It's been really good," Goedert added. "Coming to the locker room, I feel like I fit in really well. I feel like the locker room atmosphere is great. Whether it's another rookie or a vet, they want the best for you. They've been helping me and I feel like it's been a great experience. I feel like I've come a long way."