EAGLE EYE IN THE SKY
YOU’RE GOING TO BE A DALLAS FAN
THE ROOKIE TIGHT END IMPRESSED THIS PRESEASON AS MORE THAN
A PASS CATCHER AND SHOULD HELP THE OFFENSE IMMEDIATELY
BY FRAN DUFFY
The No. 1 storyline coming into the preseason was going to be the play of tight end Dallas Goedert. He is not only the Eagles’ top
pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he is set to play a pivotal role in the Eagles’ offense. Trey Burton and Brent Celek are gone. That’s a lot
of snaps on both offense and special teams that have to be filled. With the way Doug Pederson wants to play on offense, it’s a must to
have multiple tight ends who can be weapons in the pass game as well as participants in the run game. My eyes were glued to Goedert
all summer, and at this point, I can say I’m thrilled with what I saw.
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This is Goedert’s touchdown catch in his first NFL
preseason game. It came on a three-man route concept
to quarterback Nate Sudfeld’s right side. Goedert is the
receiver running down the right hash, breaking to the
outside at the 3-yard line.
The Steelers are in zone coverage. Goedert does a nice
job settling down in a soft spot in the coverage, between
the “hook” and “curl” defenders in Cover 3. This is precisely
where he needs to be within the structure of the play.
But then something happens.
A free hitter comes in to try to sack Sudfeld. The young
quarterback makes the defender miss and breaks the pocket
to his right. Now, the hook player, posted up in front of
Goedert, attacks the line of scrimmage to try and bring
down Sudfeld. This is when the rookie does something that
is tough to teach a young player.
This is an extremely subtle move by Goedert. It may not
look like much, but he slides to his right to try and make
himself available for Sudfeld. The initial passing window to
Goedert closes as the quarterback breaks the pocket and
the linebacker charges at him. If Goedert stays put, he’s not
getting the football. Goedert maneuvers to open up a new
window and Sudfeld hits him for a touchdown.
The other part of the equation with Goedert is his
participation as a blocker. The rookie was not often used in
that way at South Dakota State. He has the size to be good
at the point of attack, but how would he react when he is
forced into that role in the NFL?