Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end Dallas Goedert was named after the Cowboys, but that isn’t stopping him from giving it his all to beat them.
Now entering his fifth season with the Eagles, Goedert’s name came up in a recent interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. In the interview, he told John Clark, “F the Cowboys, F all the rest of the NFC East. Go Birds!”
He continued stating, “My dad was a big Cowboys fan, (but) I was smart enough. It must’ve been around the age of seven that I decided (to) forget Dallas, the Dallas Cowboys.”
Putting his namesake behind him, Goedert hopes to make a huge impact going into the 2022-2023 NFL season.
DALLAS GOEDERT & HIS REIGN WITH THE EAGLES
Goedert joined the Eagles in 2018 when the team selected him as a second-round pick. Ironically, the Cowboys were going to choose him, but Philadelphia had other plans.
Coming in as back-up to Zach Ertz, Goedert finished his first three seasons with 1,465 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. After Ertz was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in 2021, Dallas Goedert took over the TE1 position, completing a career-high 830 receiving yards and 14.8 yards per reception.
Earlier this offseason, Pro Football Focus rated Goedert as the sixth best tight end in the NFL. In 2021, he had a 90.7 grade, topping his previous career-best by eight points. He also leads all tight ends in run-blocking grade, and has done so since 2018.
Despite the praise, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle, recently stated that Goedert doesn’t get enough credit for his gameplay.
“I think one of my underrated guys, Dallas Goedert with Philly,” Kittle said. “I don’t think he gets any credit. He’s phenomenal. He’s really good in the run game, and I think he’s really, really good in the pass game. He’s got a great feel for it.”
It must be the Philly phenomenon, because Ertz didn’t get the praise he deserved either, and is arguably one of the best tight ends in the league.
Either way, Goedert is ready for a new season. His training camp was outstanding, as he was the number one target for quarterback Jalen Hurts. Receivers A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith will also cause a lot of disruption leaving room for Goedert to make his mark.
“And I know that [Goedert’s] QB really likes him, so he’s going to get a lot of passes, especially now that they have receivers on the outside that can really ball,” Kittle continued. “He’s going to eat in that middle.”
Last season, Goedert’s 830 yards was only 80 yards behind Kittle. His four touchdowns tied him for sixth.
Dallas Goedert and the Eagles take one their first game on Sunday, September 11. They are hoping to pull out a win on the road against the Detroit Lions, jumpstarting their successful path to take down the Cowboys and the remainder of the NFC East.