Eagles 2021 training camp preview: a tight ending
Before the start of training camp (basically in the absence of other news to report), we will look at every player on the Philadelphia Eagles roster and how well they fit the team. Today we take a look at the tight end.
Preview of previous boot camps
First look at the near-end depth map:
|Dallas God||Richard Rogers||Jack Stoll||Caleb Wilson|
|5||6||7||May be gone|
|Jason Klum||Harkin Butler||Terry Jackson||Zach Oz|
It is speculated that Zach Oetz will play for other teams this season, and Goldt will become a pressing “guy” for the first time in his career. He is clearly a good player because he has no obvious weaknesses in the game. In 2020, he leads the team in yardage per game, receiving more than 20 yards, first in receiving, and second only to Miles Sanders in 203 yards.
However, considering Goedert’s high expectations for entering the season and the additional snapshots he received due to Ertz’s absence, this almost feels like a disappointing season for him. Despite this, Goedert is still an above-average NFL starter, whose upper limit has not yet been reached.
Rogers remained healthy for the first time during his tenure with the Eagles in 2020, and he actually played some role in the passing game. In this season, he has 24 catches for 345 yards (14.4 YPC) and two TDs. Nevertheless, he is a below-average blocker, and he is not a sporty sample when running with the ball.
Rogers is now 29 years old, and the Hawks need to get younger. However, they did not choose any close end, and assuming that Ertz will play elsewhere in 2021, they do not have an absolutely competent substitute, so it is logical to bring Rogers back to the veteran for at least one more season, and then abandon the kick. A good, young bench until 2022.
Stoll is a priority undrafted free agent signing because he surpassed all the Eagles’ UDFA in guaranteed funds ($122,500) and signing bonus ($22,500). Dave Zangaro. This makes him at least almost locked for the practice team.
Stoll’s four-year career reception data (61-657-6) in Nebraska is not impressive, but he does provide some abilities as a blocker. Stoll’s best chance of entering the 53-man roster is as a blocker and a special team.
In 2017, the Bills signed Krum as an undrafted free agent, and he spent some time in the training class in Buffalo that season. In 2018, he entered the Bill’s 53-man roster, played 15 games (including 3 starts), and released 22-259-1 statistics.
Krum missed the entire 2019 season for the Bills due to a serious hamstring injury. In September 2020, the Eagles added him to their training team, and he was on the roster for the rest of the season. He has played 13 fast breaks this season and caught a pass touchdown in a game where he was uncovered.
Krum has some legitimate NFL experience, which can give him the upper hand over some of the more inexperienced close ends on the training camp roster.
Wilson is the Cardinals’ last pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He rebounded a bit, then signed with the football team and found his way to Philadelphia.
At the University of California, Los Angeles, Wilson has 114 catches, 1,675 yards and 5 touchdowns in his career. In his final year at UCLA, Wilson, who played for Chip Kelly, had his best season, completing 60 catches for 965 yards and 4 touchdowns. He actually led all FBS close ends in receiving yards that season, so he had some receiving ability.
The Eagles signed Butler from the Panthers training team last year.
Previously, Butler was the favorite of the “Twitter Draft” before the 2019 NFL Draft because some analysts thought he had a chance to sneak into the first round. This did not happen because the Cardinals selected Butler with the first overall pick on the third day (fourth round) of the draft. Considering Butler’s college grades (he got 22.0 YPC in his last year at Iowa State University), his size and athletic ability as a wide receiver, many people think this is a steal:
In Butler’s rookie season in 2019, he was selected to the Cardinals’ 53-man roster, but did not appear in any games. In 2020, Butler was given up in the final layoffs, and the Panthers added him to their training class.
When the Eagles announced the signing of Butler, they called him TE. This is what the spider diagram looks like when Butler is a TE.
As we pointed out Before the 2019 draft, Butler’s hands are inconsistent, and his route runs worrying. However, he does have an interesting highlight.
In 2020, in the only game in Butler’s career, Doug Pedersen made a crazy fourth goal line in one of the most crucial moments of the season, allowing Butler to fade out. That was not smooth.
That should actually be through interference, but anyway. It remains to be determined whether the Hawks can get anything from Butler.
One of the interesting players to be evaluated this summer will be Jackson, the quarterback turned to press and is a monster in size. He is in the 80th position below, with TE Jack Stoll.
I have seen Jackson’s passing training in OTA. To put it nicely, he needs to work hard, but his size and athletic ability are worth trying to shape. Interestingly, his top athletic combination (from mockdraftable.com) is Washington’s quarterback, Logan Thomas who received 72 passes last season.
As a TE, Jackson may take a year or two to get anything. We will see if he can show enough performance to make the Eagles willing to cultivate him patiently.
Ertz has been in the trading area for about nine months, so we will skip all the details of his contract situation, the possible return of his services (if any), possible trading partners, and all other Ertz transactions— —Relevant content that has been discussed since last October.
We will notice that when the trading bootcamp finally arrives, if Ertz is still on the list and he does not participate in the training camp, this will be a big story that Nick Sirianni may not want to deal with.
Just do it.
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