Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles have already started preparing for their title defense this fall as they hit the field for offseason mini camp. As many Super Bowl teams experience the following year, there a plenty of new faces around the team after some of last season’s key contributors earned big paydays elsewhere.
One impressive addition to the 2018 Eagles roster in the mini camp practices has been second-round tight end Dallas Goedert. Ertz has helped him get up to speed with the offense and the pair of tight ends could provide the offense with some interesting looks as Goedert continues to develop.
Both Trey Burton and Brent Celek departed Philadelphia this offseason and Goedert will likely have a chance to make an immediate impact as a rookie behind Ertz and give Carson Wentz another weapon to spread the ball around to.
It’s still early, the pads haven’t come on yet, and Goedert has much more to learn as a rookie in the NFL, but he has impressed Ertz and Wentz thus far with his blend of size, speed and sticky hands.
“He’s coming along great,” Ertz said. “Big tight end, physical, he’s able to use his body, He’s got really good hands, long arms, so he’s been a really good talent so far. We’re excited to see him in pads come the fall, but I think right now he’s really doing well, kind of picking up the offense, doing everything we’ve asked him to.”
Goedert will be in goods hands in the tight end group with Ertz as a role model. No. 86 is coming off a career-year, where he racked up 824 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance and snagged the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl LII.
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“He’s one of the best tight ends, if not the best tight end in the league so being able to watch him and seeing how he does it, how he goes about his day, I mean he’s a true professional,” Goedert said. “Great guy to kind of mentor me and for me to follow his lead.”
The core of the Super Bowl champs will return for next season and they are already diligently preparing for another title run, but they will need help from new draft picks like Goedert, Avonte Maddox and Josh Sweat, as well as key contributions from veteran acquisitions like speedster Mike Wallace, noseguard Haloti Ngata and three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett.
It’s just mini camp, but the Eagles appear to be off to a good start.
Every #Eagles player is at minicamp today , no absences.
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