The Eagles fell to 10-2 on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

And they missed a key part of their offense during their 2nd loss of the season. Jalen Hurts still managed to finish the game 26/45 for 298 yards, 1 TD as well as 20 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD. Unfortunately, the Eagles still fell 42-19 to on Sunday.

Part of the reason the offense has struggled in the last 3 weeks has been the absence of TE1 Dallas Goedert. While the Tight End has missed time in the past. 2022’s stretch against the Colts, Packers, Titans, Giants and Bears doesn’t compare to ‘The Gauntlet.’

During the 3-1 stretch (Weeks 9-13) of The Gauntlet, the Tight Ends have amassed for minimal yardage, again. 5 Targets, 3 Receptions, 17 Yards. Between 3 Tight Ends these numbers don’t even compare to what Dallas Goedert brings to the Eagles offense. With 410 Yards on 38 Receptions, this is definitely a part of the offensive game plan the Eagles have struggled to replicate in Goedert’s absence.

Even with a new Offensive Coordinator in Brian Johnson, this is the 2nd year in a row the Eagles have struggled to get the Tight Ends involved without the starting piece of the puzzle. During last seasons stretch without Goedert, Eagles TE’s accounted for 12 receptions and 115 yards. While Goedert only missed 3 games this season, the 17 yard production isn’t even close to what last years involvement looked like.

With Dallas Week around the corner, and another win needed to help secure not only the NFC East but potentially the 1st seed in the NFC. The Eagles will definitely appreciate having Dallas Goedert back in the offensive game plan, unless he is under a limited snap count on his first week back, which the Eagles could still potentially struggle with their offensive possessions.

An Available Depth Move

The Eagles recently made a plethora of roster moves. Including:

  • Signed LB Shaq Leonard
  • Released WR Cam Sims
  • Waived LB Christian Elliss
  • Signed OL Brett Toth to the Practice Squad
  • Released OL Ross Pierschbacher from the Practice Squad

With Goedert returning from injury and hopefully Zach Cunningham as well. The Eagles are getting healthier as we get closer and closer to the playoffs.

If there’s going to be extra additions to round out the roster by the end of the season. There’s one familiar name the Eagles could bring in for that January push.

On November 30th, the Cardinals released TE Zach Ertz.

Ertz appeared in 6 games of the first season of Sirianni/Hurts being the Head Coach and starting QB.

In that time. Ertz accounted for 31 Targets, 18 Receptions and 189 Yards. These numbers alone have eclipsed what a combination of Stoll, Calcaterra and Okwuegbunam have done in 8 games of Goedert’s absence. While he might not be the Tight End from 2018 with 118 Receptions. A familiar face for Jalen Hurts in the offense might help for some more flexibility when spreading the ball around numerous receivers.


How would you feel if the Eagles brought in Zach Ertz for another playoff run?

The Eagles will visit the Dallas Cowboys for Sunday Night Football. Hopeful to gain another lead on the division. And to stay ahead of the Lions and 49ers.


Go Birds!


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