One of the Eagles’ most dynamic pass catchers is back, as the team activated tight end Dallas Goedert The 53-man roster is available ahead of Week 16 against the Cowboys.
One of the NFL’s top tight ends, Goedert has missed the past five games after suffering a shoulder injury in Philadelphia’s only loss, a Week 10 matchup against Washington.
C.J. is likely to be resigned with Goedert returning. Gardner-Johnson will be the only starter and not on season-ending injured reserve.
Here are four takeaways and a random note from Goedert’s return.
Gardner Minshew offers a security blanket
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Minshew’s most extensive game action came back in December of last season when he shredded the New York Jets.
Minshew was 20 of 25 for 242 yards with two touchdowns in the road win. He also led the Eagles’ first seven offensive possessions to score.
Goedert was the catalyst for that day, with 6 catches for just 105 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Jets last December.
Eagles get fit for the stretch run
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Derek Barnett and C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Derek Barnett are the only full-time starters who remain on injured reserve. The safety should be back any day now.
Goedert has at least two weeks to get over the rust before losing another game week to the first round bye.
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Philadelphia’s offense maintained its explosiveness with Goedert out, but the tight end adds another dimension to the offense that most defensive coordinators are unable to combat.
Goedert had 43 receptions for 544 yards and 3 touchdowns in the nine games he played, and his ability after the catch was among the league’s best in that category prior to the injury.
Goedert has the ability to play at all three levels of a field. He can win matchups against opposing defenses top defenders and this allows him more creative flow.