Did I forget to list the Eagles offensive player of the week in the headline? Oops, it must’ve disappeared off the screen as the Eagles offense did in the second half of Sunday’s season opener against the Washington Football Team. The Eagles lost an ugly game on Sunday, dropping to 0-1 on the season. As far as announcing a player of the week on the offense, I’m going to decline that option. Instead, I’ll focus on a few players who stood out for the Eagles offense’s future.
Breakout on the Eagles Horizon
I’m going to start with a player who’s on the cusp of a breakout season. Dallas Goedert showed up early and often for the Eagles on Sunday. He finished with eight catches on nine targets for 101 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown was a beauty, connecting with Quarterback Carson Wentz on a 34 yard TD reception. This marks Goedert’s first 100 yard game of his career. The breakout season is in full swing for #88. More impressive, Goedert outperformed his mentor Zach Ertz on Sunday. Ertz may have earned more snaps, but Dallas was the more productive tight end. I’m not trying to start a competition but instead emphasizing that Goedert deserves the same snap count from now on. Both players can co-exist with each other on the field, and the time is now for Goedert to earn a more prominent role in the Eagles offense.
The Future is Bright
The second player I’d like to mention is not a player that was productive in week 1. He was barely a factor in the game. He was on the field for 40 plays or 59% of the snaps. This Eagles player only received four targets in the game and managed to record only one catch. Can you guess who I’m talking about? It’s none other than 1st round pick Jalen Reagor. Now, I understand there were communication issues on a few occasions with the QB, but he showcased talent on his only reception. Reagor displayed lightning speed on the 55-yard reception over former Eagles CB, Ronald Darby. According to NextGen stats, Reagor topped out at 20.27 mph on that reception, and I’m sure he slowed down a bit to reel in the catch. All I can say is that the future is bright for Mr. Reagor.
Hopefully, next week will be more challenging in deciding who to choose for Eagles’ offensive player of the week. Fly Eagles Fly!