July 19, 2020
|Zach Ertz||Dallas Goedert||Josh Perkins||Noah Togiai|
In his first four years in the NFL, Carson Wentz's most reliable target, by far, has been Ertz, who has led the team in receptions and yards in each of the last four seasons. In 2018, he had 51 more receptions than the next closest player, and 321 more yards. In 2019, he had 31 more receptions than the next closest player, and 309 more yards. On a team that still has major question marks at the wide receiver position, Ertz remains an extremely important player to Wentz heading into the 2020 season.
Ertz has been a player commonly brought up by the fan base as trade bait, since the team already has Dallas Goedert, a young, complete tight end who already looks like he might be a very good long-time starter in the NFL. That's not happening, of course, for the reasons noted above. The Eagles think they're Super Bowl contenders, and they were never going to trade their only tried-and-true, unquestionably reliable pass catcher. Whether they should give him a top-of-the-market contract extension is another debate, and one we covered in April.
Expect Ertz to lead the team in receptions and yards once again, and probably also receiving TDs.
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Perkins is something of a wide receiver / tight end hybrid, in that he blocks like a wide receiver, and has the receiving skills of a tight end. For a team that wants to be a two-tight end offense, it's maybe slightly surprising the Eagles seem to be content with Perkins as the No. 3, at least for now?
Togiai, like the Eagles' other undrafted free agents, is going to have to make due with limited practice reps to impress the coaching staff. He does have some receiving chops and a little athletic ability, but his challenge will be to become a competent blocker. A highlight reel:
Togiai feels like a decent bet for the practice squad, where Justin Peelle can work on his blocking.