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Gibson and Goedert: Thrown into the fire

Louie DiBiase

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It has been said all off-season. “The Eagles are the deepest roster in the NFL.” While that may be true in the long run of the season, heading into Thursday’s game Philadelphia is once again thin due to injuries.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles will be without starting quarterback Carson Wentz, along with wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Mack Hollins.

Jeffery missing the first two weeks has been out for a few weeks. Hollins not playing Thursday comes at a little bit of a surprise as he was the expected replacement opposite Mike Wallace on the outside.

Hollins has nursed a groin injury over the summer and he won’t be ready for the opener after suffering a setback.

Suddenly, the Eagles will have to rely on two inexperienced pass catchers to play a significant role in the NFL season opener against a Super Bowl-contending Atlanta Falcons.

Those two players are second year wide receiver Shelton Gibson and rookie tight end Dallas Goedert.

Nick Foles will still have Zach Ertz, Mike Wallace, Nelson Agholor in the slot. Not to mention all three running backs healthy so the offense still has options.

However while Atlanta sticks Desmond Trufant on Wallace all game, and a combination of Keanu Neal and Deion Jones on Ertz, Gibson and Goedert will have to take advantage of the weaker coverage when they see the field.

It is yet to be determined how much both will play but one or the other will be on the field in a number of formations.

If Pederson doesn’t want to give Gibson a huge responsibility in such a big game, he will likely feature a lot of two-tight end packages. That will then force Goedert on the field a majority of the time.

If they decide it is better to keep Nelson Agholor in the slot, Shelton Gibson would be the first choice on the outside as the third receiver.

Regardless of what packages the Eagles decide to use, Goedert and/or Gibson are going to have to be involved.

The Eagles re-signed veteran receiver Markus Wheaton but Gibson has earned the right to be the third receiver after a strong preseason.

And Goedert to his own right was also very impressive in the preseason.

 

Preseason Stat Lines: 

Shelton Gibson: 9 receptions 195 yards 2 touchdowns 

Dallas Goedert: 9 receptions 149 yards 1 touchdown 

Despite Gibson’s strong preseason, he was slotted in as the fifth receiver on the depth chart while contributing as the main returner for kickoffs.

Goedert was expected to have a role in the offense this year as the second tight end, but even the rookie was going to be the fourth or fifth option in the passing game.

Both are going to play against Atlanta, and they are going to have opportunities to make plays on national television. Millions watching at home.

That is a big step up from their expected roles this season.

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, in addition to working as the Sports Director for 91.3 FM WBNY Buffalo. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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