Dallas Goedert and Jordan Mailata are two of the most gifted young stars on the Eagles roster, and it's time they are given their due.
Last season was one of the most physically demanding for Dallas Goedert and Jordan Mailata. The former missed five games due to injury. The latter sat out of only one of Philly's regular season games with a shoulder issue, but there were times when he appeared that he was still dealing with some aftereffects. That's astonishing when you watch how well he performed.
Both guys are back in 2023. They're one hundred percent healthy. Be prepared to reap the whirlwind ladies and gentlemen. We're calling for some all-star-level work.
Dallas Goedert, tight end
As great as Dallas Goedert has been, he has yet to crack the 1,000-yard threshold as a receiver. Some of that is the result of sharing the field with an Eagles legend for four seasons, Zach Ertz. Some of that is attributable to missing five games after being injured versus the Washington Commanders.
Still, 12 regular-season games last time around produced 55 catches and 702 receiving yards. He racked up 830 yards receiving in 2021. We're calling for that first 1,000-yard campaign in 2023 and, with it, Goedert's first trip to the Pro Bowl. You won't see any retractions written. We guarantee it.
Jordan Mailata, left tackle
Whenever you hear Howie Roseman or Jeff Stoutland's name and terms like 'genius' are tossed around, Jordan Mailata typically crosses our minds a few seconds later. You do realize that, when he arrived in Philly, he didn't even know how to put his pads and helmet on, right?
Jordan Mailata's development and brilliance made it possible for Philly to move on from a failed first-round left tackle prospect in Andre Dillard and do so seamlessly. He's often overshadowed by Pro Bowl teammates (Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, and Lane Johnson), but that changes this season.
Keep your eyes on Number 68 in midnight green. He's truly something special.