Head Coach Nick Sirianni on Wednesday updated the shoulder injury suffered by tight end Dallas Goedert in Monday night's game against Washington. One of the premier tight ends in the NFL, Goedert was placed on Injured Reserve. He has 43 receptions for 544 yards and three touchdowns this season, and he's been as good an all-around player at his position in the league.
"That's not going to be easy to replace Dallas. He was having a great year. That stinks for us as a team. How do we replace him? You can't," Sirianni said. "You're not going to be able to duplicate what he does because he has a unique skill set."
Fortunately, the Eagles feel good about the depth they've built at tight end and while the workload is not yet clear to the outside, the players in the room understand what's next.
"Anything they ask me to do, hey, that's my job," second-year man Jack Stoll said in an interview for the Eagles Insider Podcast. "We're prepared to play and be ready for every scenario. Nobody ever wants to gain more responsibility this way, when someone is injured, but that's the way it is in this league. J-Mich (Jason Michael, Eagles tight ends coach) works all of us every day and makes sure that we are ready when our number is called.
"Dallas is a great football player. It was really tough seeing him out there on Monday night down on the field hurt, but for him to get back in the game after that, knowing how hurt he was, I mean, that says all you need to know about Dallas Goedert right there. The team means everything to him and we're going to do our part for however long he's out and keep this thing moving."
Stoll has 4 receptions for 49 yards in his second season here after making the Eagles' 53-man roster last summer as an undrafted player from Nebraska. He isn't alone in the tight ends room as the Eagles gameplan for the right combination to replace Goedert as a blocker and receiver. Sixth-round draft pick Grant Calcaterra, who has played 71 offensive snaps with one start this season, has one reception for 40 yards.
The Eagles activated Tyree Jackson from the Physically Unable to Perform list after suffering a torn ACL in the 2021 regular-season finale against Dallas. After converting from a college quarterback, Jackson impressed last summer in Training Camp and played in nine games, seeing action on 171 offensive snaps and catching three passes for 21 yards in that game against Dallas, including a touchdown pass from quarterback Gardner Minshew.
"Those guys will be ready for the opportunity when it comes," quarterback Jalen Hurts said, pledging his faith in the other tight ends.
There are options and, as we know, it's a game-to-game proposition based on matchups. The Eagles can opt to use more three- and four-wide receiver sets, if they desire, and they have flexibility at running back at well. Most of all, they have confidence in each other to respond when one of their teammates – and a very valuable and productive one in Goedert, make no mistake about that – is sidelined.
"We all feel for him and we know that Dallas will get back as soon as he can," said Stoll, who has seen action on 40 percent of the offensive snaps this season. "But now we have to help the team continue winning and that's what we're going to do."
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