Re-evaluating every Eagles tight end after Arcega-Whiteside’s departure

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Richard Rogers #81, Philadelphia Eagles
Richard Rogers #81, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

. Richard Rodgers. 81. player. 54. .

Might this be the year that the Eagles finally move on from Richard Rodgers?

Over the past three seasons, we’ve gotten to know Richard Rodgers very well. He isn’t elite. He isn’t a perennial Pro Bowler, but he’s reliable and someone the Eagles can call on when in a pinch. He’s also managed to produce in some key moments.

From 2019 to 2021, he’s hauled in 27 receptions for 363 yards and two touchdowns while appearing in 25 regular-season games with four starts. This may be the end of his run though.

The Birds are in better shape at tight end than they may appear to be on the surface. Dallas Goedert is a star. If Tyree Jackson can get healthy, he’ll be around, and now they have an undrafted guy that seems to be climbing the depth chart. That’s always a nice surprise.

54. . . . Noah Togiai. 83. player

Noah Togiai is enjoying the type of climb that most rookie undrafted free agents dream of. All they want is a chance so they can produce when they’re given their opportunity. Check both boxes for the six-foot-four, 244-pound former Oregon State Beaver.

Injuries to the aforementioned Jackson, Graham, and Calcaterra opened a window, and Togiai climbed through it. Forget J.J. Arcega-Whiteside’s exit. That has nothing to do with it. Noah was already outplaying him.

Now, following some nice showings at practice and a four-reception, 29-yard showing during the Eagles’ first preseason game, questions are being asked about what he might do for an encore and whether or not he has a chance of sneaking onto the roster.