PFF ranks both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert amongst NFL’s top 15 tight ends
Yesterday, Pro Football Focus continued their position rankings for the upcoming season with the tight ends. Throughout the last several days, PFF has ranked Jalen Hurts 31 out of the 32 starting NFL quarterbacks and Miles Sanders 19th out of all running backs. Philly also did not have a single receiver in their top 32 rankings. The Eagles ranked far better here than the previous three positions, landing both Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz in the top-15.
PFF has Dallas ranked 5th amongst all tight ends behind Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Darren Waller, and 4th overall pick Kyle Pitts. Here is what writer Ben Linsley had to say about Goedert’s ranking.
“Goedert splitting the field with Zach Ertz to begin his career has created a situation where many don’t realize just how good he has been. But Goedert is actually the only tight end in the NFL with receiving and run-blocking grades of 80.0 or higher since 2018. He ranks seventh in receiving grade and first in run-blocking grade over that three-year span.”
The Eagles were able to utilize Dallas Goedert beautifully in their 12 personnel over the last several years to the point where he has overtaken veteran Zach Ertz on the depth chart. Ertz had a career-low 2020 season and very likely will not play another down for the Eagles. Despite that, PFF still felt confident in his skills and ranked Zach 13th shockingly.
Their reasoning being that Ertz will be able to rebound well during the 2021 season because of his previous success. A few days ago, Jeff McLane reported that Ertz would not attend any offseason workouts until he was traded. It is unknown who the Eagles’ backup TE will be if Ertz leaves with Richard Rogers remaining a free agent.
Mandatory Credit: Michael Bryant Philadelphia Inquirer