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Eagles coach describes Dallas Goedert’s development as ‘phenomenal’

Dallas Goedert

NFC opponents beware. After an offseason marked by the addition of multiple new playmakers and a contract extension for franchise quarterback Carson Wentz, the Philadelphia Eagles could be poised to receive another boost offensively in the form of dramatic improvement from an incumbent receiver.

According to Mike Kaye of NJ.com, second-year tight end Dallas Goedert has stood out during the offseason for his “phenomenal” improvement, a development that could allow Pro Bowl starter Zach Ertz to line up in different spots across the field.

Goedert was a second-round choice of the Eagles last year after the team traded multiple picks to move up and select him. The South Dakota State product acquitted himself extremely well as a rookie, especially considering his small-school roots, catching 33 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns. He also had two catches and a touchdown in Philadelphia’s playoff victory over the Chicago Bears, but was held without a catch one round later in a loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The Eagles boast one of the most impressive collections of pass-catching talent in the NFL. Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor join Ertz as impactful returning incumbents, and the team also brought speedy veteran DeSean Jackson back to Philadelphia in free agency and selected Stanford wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in the third round of the NFL Draft. Doug Pederson’s team upgraded at running back, too, trading for former Chicago Bears Pro Bowler Jordan Howard in March.

Last week, Wentz signed a four-year, $140 million extension with the Eagles, keeping him in Philadelphia through the 2024 season.