Eagles’ Nick Sirianni praises the next man who did the “dirty work” after Dallas Goedert’s injury

Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert found himself in a different position than he wasn’t used to this season: in front of a television, watching his teammates take on the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Goedert saw the Eagles find a way to get away with a 17-16 win, improving their record to 9-1.

Goedert’s absence was also on the mind of quarterback Jalen Hurts, the player who made him the team’s third most targeted receiver.

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“I wonder what Dallas is thinking now,” Hurts said after the win. “I know he wasn’t traveling with us, but he was probably screaming at the TV and freaking out.”

For the first time since Goedert went down with a shoulder injury against the Washington Commanders and was placed on injured reserve, the Eagles trotted out three options at times in Sunday’s game. The Eagles went with Jack Stoll, who was the second tight end on the depth chart, as a starter and added Grant Calcaterra and Tyree Jackson.

Goedert is one of the best tight ends in the league, and his ability to not only catch the ball and pick up yards once he reels in passes, so his absence was expected to impact the passing game. The Eagles tried to make it look like Goedert was still around, using many of three wide receiver formations with one tight end, even using all three tight ends on the field at the same time.

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said that while the three tight ends didn’t significantly impact the passing game against the Colts, they did a decent job in their first game without Goedert.

“I know the production was obviously not there in the passing game, but I thought they did a good job and did their job,” said Sirianni.

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However, it was Stoll who saw Sirianni as the standout, as he played a high proportion of the snaps (55). Sirianni said Stoll reminded him of another player on the roster who is known for the little things that help the offense.

“Jack is a dirty workman,” Sirianni said. “From the tight ends, he’s kind of like the Zach Pascal of the wide receivers. They may not populate the stats, but the things they do help us win the game and be productive. I thought Jack played an excellent football game. Again, the reps will come and get the other guys as the games progress, but I thought Jack was excellent in his role yesterday. I thought the other two guys did a good job in their roles, but Jack really stood out in my mind.”

In the passing play, Stoll was targeted once, catching the pass and finishing with seven receiving yards. Stoll’s biggest impact was in the run game and his performance did not go unnoticed. According to Pro Football Focus, Stoll received the third-highest run-blocking score among Eagles offensive players (70.2), trailing only right tackle Lane Johnson (72.4) and right guard Isaac Seumalo (71.2).

Calcaterra ended up playing in 19 snaps, while Jackson, who played in his first game since tearing his ACL late last season, played nine snaps. Both committed penalties in the first quarter, with Calcaterra being called for holding and Jackson flagged for offensive pass interference. The two settled down and held out, with Sirianni saying they were plays that both would like to have back.

The tight trio won’t have an easier task heading into Sunday night’s game against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have allowed the second fewest yards to tight ends this season (341) and the fourth fewest receptions (39). However, there could be opportunities in the red zone for one of them to put points on the board as the Packers allowed six receiving touchdowns to tight ends.

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Chris Franklin can be reached at [email protected].

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