The Eagles’ tight end depth chart could look very different this season.
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As new head coach Nick Sirianni looks to put his stamp on the Eagles’ offense, the usage of two-tight end sets could fall off significantly. While Frank Reich — and Sirianni — used multiple-tight end sets on 29% of the Indianapolis Colts’ offensive plays last year, Sirianni might want to focus more on wide receiver play in his new system, given his extensive background with the position.
The Eagles just spent back-to-back first-round picks on wide receivers, so there’s a strong probability that the offense will favor heavy wide receiver formations. With longtime franchise cornerstone, tight end Zach Ertz, looking to leave town — and likely to get his wish — the Eagles are likely to favor 11 personnel (1 RB, 1 TE) on offense.
If Ertz were to be traded or released, former second-round pick Dallas Goedert would be thrust into the top tight end spot. Even if Ertz were to somehow stick around, there stands a strong chance that Goedert would be promoted anyway.
However, beyond Goedert and the recently re-signed Richard Rodgers, the Eagles are lacking proven players at the position, if Ertz is sent packing. Tight ends coach Jason Michael will have his work cut out for him, as the rest of the depth chart is a…