Despite sitting behind Zach Ertz on the TE depth chart, Goedert managed to finish as TE20 in PPR points last season, which is impressive for a rookie in the NFL. He was fifth in Philadelphia's offense in targets in 2018, just two balls behind WR Golden Tate. While the rookie may not be set up for a TE1 season as long as Ertz is healthy, Goedert makes for a great later-round grab in best-ball leagues and could prove to be a solid streamer if his positive development continues throughout the preseason.
Sunday, Dallas Goedert played 55 snaps, most inline as a tight end, some out of the slot and even three split out wide. He was targeted early and often, and finished by catching all seven of his targets for 73 yards and that one touchdown. The Eagles often used three tight ends, even at the same time, with Goedert, Joshua Perkins and star Zach Ertz.
Goedert only played 17 snaps in each of the first two weeks. In Week 2, he wasn't even targeted. This despite a nice preseason and camp where he was a top target in that time. With all the injuries on offense for the Birds, the team needs Goedert to emerge. The story feels Goedert should continue to play a vital role even with the return of WR Alshon Jeffery.
Per Schefter, the Eagles will activate Jeffery to the 53-man roster this weekend with optimism he could be back by Week 3. It's a bit of good news considering there were reports he would remain on the PUP list and miss the first six games. Agholor and Wallace should see a lot of targets at WR. But the Birds could go to two TE sets with Ertz and their top pick Geodert. RBs Darren Sproles and Corey Clement could also be involved in the passing game. Depending on who makes the cut, Hollins, Gibson or Aiken could see WR3 snaps with Jeffery out.
Due to the timing of his shoulder surgery following Super Bowl LII, Alshon Jeffery is no lock to be ready for the NFL Kickoff Game versus the Falcons on Sept. 6, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.
In fact, there's a chance that Jeffery will remain on the physically unable to perform list to start the season, Rapoport added. In which case, the seventh-year veteran would miss at least the first six weeks of 2018.
As the story nicely pointed out, should Jeffery miss the start of the season, the Eagles' wide-receiver depth will be tested beyond deep threat Wallace and slot weapon Agholor. QB Carson Wentz would likely lean heavily on his tight-end tandem of Zach Ertz and promising second-round rookie Dallas Goedert. Jeffery played through a shoulder injury all of last season after suffering it in camp in 2017.