Zach Ertz will again be the starting tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. At least for their matchup in week 6. The three-time pro bowler jumps in again after Dallas Goedert was not deleted from the COVID-19 logs.
Goedert tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, October 12, despite a full vaccination. He had to present two negative test results 24 hours apart. And didn’t. The fourth-year player is the team’s third-largest receiver this season, with 15 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns. There is no update as to when Goedert will be back in the line-up.
The eagles too raised two guys from the practice team before kick-off. Swing tackle Le’Raven Clark and tight end Noah Togiai joined the 53-man roster and will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Football on Thursday evening. Clark provides depth behind left tackle Andre Dillard and right tackle Jordan Mailata, while Togiai gives them extra body at the narrow end. Jack Stoll – an undrafted rookie from Nebraska – will serve as primary backup there.
Head coach Nick Sirianni hinted during his media presence on Wednesday October 13th that Ertz and Stoll are the main tight ends. Of course, Goedert’s presence will be absent, but there is no concern about a drop in production at the position.
“Zach is ready to go. We know we have two really good tight ends. And Zach will be ready to go. And Jack Stoll, we’re looking forward to it [TE] Jack Stoll can play too, ”said Sirianni. “So, yeah, we’re excited about the chances for the boys if Dallas can’t leave. And then Derek, yes, we expect Derek to be awake and ready to roll. “
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The only thing surprising about Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan’s induction into the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame is the long time it took. Too long.
Both will be honored on Thursday, October 14, at halftime of the Buccaneers-Eagles game. Thomas is the best left tackle in franchise history – at least until Jason Peters retires – and Runyan is arguably the team’s best right tackle. (Editor’s note: Al Wistert played several positions).
It was only a matter of time before Thomas and Runyan got in and it happens in a prime time matchup on national television. As it should, to be honest.
Runyan only qualified for one Pro Bowl (2003) but ask if Michael Strahan is dominant, he has been 14 NFL seasons including 144 starts. Ditto for Thomas, who made three Pro Bowls (2001, 2002, 2004) while starting 165 career games in Midnight Green.
Sirianni began his game preparations for Tampa Bay on Sunday, October 10th, right after the team lands in Philadelphia. The Eagles weathered a grueling plane ride back from Carolina, but the first year head coach wanted to start scouting. His assistant coaches were on board, so they drove straight from the airport to his house and burned the midnight oil.
“It started, to be honest, it started on a Sunday night at my house when some coaches came over,” Sirianni told reporters. “When we landed – my kids were already asleep – when we landed, I brought some of the coaches to my house, like that old high school football thing like, ‘Hey, come over to my house, let’s go and let’s start planning a bit. ‘”
That’s a commitment to excellence (sorry, Al Davis). Only time will tell if the extra time worked.