The Philadelphia Eagles activated Dallas Goedert from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday morning, according to an official announcement from the team.
Goedert originally went on the list nine days ago after testing positive for the coronavirus. As a result, he missed Philly’s Week 6 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Goedert’s return means that he successfully turned in two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.
The Eagles are obviously glad to get Goedert back in time for the team’s Week 7 road game against the Las Vegas Raiders. His presence figures to provide a boost to the offense.
It’ll be interesting to see exactly what Goedert’s target and playing time usage looks like in the aftermath of the Eagles trading Zach Ertz. One would figure he’ll see a much larger role since he was previously splitting playing time with the veteran. Howie Roseman acknowledged that wanting to see Goedert’s production in a volume TE1 role is part of the reason they moved Ertz.
“I think we know what we have in Dallas Goedert. Obviously, when we talk about Zach and how good of a player he is and how great of a player, really, he’s been. To do this, you have to have a confidence level in the guys behind him. And so, we have expectations of Dallas. That was kind of the conversation this morning about what we expect from him. We’ve seen it, but he’s never really had the opportunity to go out there and just be the guy and play 80 percent. Zach mentioned to me he was playing 80 percent of the plays in the past couple of years. Like he wasn’t really splitting time. So, they both have been splitting time. And I’m not sure either of them was able to get into the rhythm that they need because the kind of players they are when they’re splitting time. We have high expectations. This isn’t something, like, we have to see a certain number of things before we know. I think we know in Dallas who he is, but at the same time, he’s got to take that, and he’s got to take that baton and run with it.”
It remains to be seen exactly how the Eagles will handle the backup tight ends behind Goedert. The team could look to elevate Richard Rodgers from the practice squad if they want a more experienced player as TE2. Otherwise, undrafted rookie free agent Jack Stoll could see more playing time. The Eagles used a practice squad protection on Noah Togiai, so maybe he’ll get the call up to be TE3.
What we do know is Goedert is back and that’s good news for Philly.