At Least Eagles Realize They Need to Get Dallas Goedert Involved

I was ready to write a column saying the Eagles would be crazy if they don't find a way to get Dallas Goedert more involved in the offense. 

I was ready to write that my head might explode if I see Josh Perkins continue to get more run with the Eagles' offense than the guy the Eagles used their first pick on in this last draft. 

I was ready to write that it would be malpractice if Doug Pederson and the Eagles' offensive coaches refused to switch things up and get out of 11 personnel to get him involved more. 

But it turns out they agree with me. 

Here was offensive coordinator Mike Groh on Tuesday: 

We have a talented player in Dallas, and we need to find more ways, as you stated, to get him involved. We need to get him involved more. We had some extenuating circumstances the other day, for a variety of reasons. He just wasn't in there in the spots where we were getting the ball to. We're going to continue to try to monitor that and make sure that he is going to help us win games here.

It was probably pretty infuriating for fans Sunday to watch Perkins get more snaps than Goedert. After the game, I asked Pederson why that was and he gave me a pretty long and confusing answer (see story).

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Basically, the gist of the reasoning was that Perkins is a converted wide receiver, so when Mike Wallace went down, the Eagles felt more comfortable letting him run those routes in that version of 12 personnel. That makes some sense, but I'd argue that you gotta get your best players on the field and if an injury happens, you'd be better off adjusting. 

Whatever, though. Week 2 is gone. Nothing we can do about that anymore. 

But in Week 3, no matter who the Eagles bring in at wideout, it makes sense to get Goedert more involved. Through two weeks, the talented rookie has one catch on just three targets. That's not enough. 

The good news is that it would stand to reason that, as the Eagles game plan this week without Wallace, Goedert will be more involved offensively. 

"I think there's a good chance that all three of us play quite a bit this week," Goedert said. "But like I said before, it's ultimately coach's decision. I just have to do what I can when I'm on the field."

For what it's worth, Goedert said he feels pretty comfortable about his ability in the NFL; he didn't think the game is moving too fast or anything. And he also thinks he's on the same page with Carson Wentz, who will make his 2018 debut Sunday. 

The Eagles could help Wentz out by getting their best players on the field. That should include Goedert.

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