As training camps around the league continue, the Philadelphia Eagles released their unofficial depth chart ahead of the 2021 NFL season on Tuesday. While it's interesting to see where each player is slotted, one thing that's caught a lot of people's eyes is the fact that tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are both listed as co-starters. Seeing things laid out that way is a bit of a head-scratcher, especially since Goedert clearly emerged as the Eagles No. 1 TE last year.
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Both Goedert and Ertz played 11 games in the 2020 NFL season, however, it was the former that outplayed the latter. Goedert ended the campaign with 46 receptions for 524 yards (11.4 yards per reception) and 3 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Ertz started in each of his 11 games (compared to nine by Goedert) and caught 36 balls (9.3 Y/R) for 335 yards and a single TD.
While the main stats prove that Goedert is deserving of being the lone starting tight end, it goes a bit deeper than that. He had just one drop all season and quarterbacks who targeted him had a 103.6 passer rating. On the other hand, Ertz dropped the ball five times and had a disappointing 50.4 passer rating when targeted. It's clear that Goedert is more reliable, which bodes well for his chemistry with quarterback Jalen Hurts.
There's also the fact that Ertz clearly doesn't want to be in Philadelphia anymore. He's been hoping to be traded throughout the offseason, which is just another reason why the Eagles should continue thrusting Goedert into the spotlight. He's younger, has more upside and wants to stay with the organization.
Regardless of what happens with their tight end situation, the Eagles aren't expected to accomplish much in 2021. Their +7500 odds to win Super Bowl 56 rank them T-25th across the league, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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