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Man who punched Eagles' Dallas Goedert in bar claims he was protecting friend

Man who punched Eagles' Dallas Goedert in bar claims he was protecting friend

The Florida man who punched Dallas Goedert early on the morning of June 20 in a South Dakota bar now claims he was protecting his friend and plans to fight the charge against him, according to TMZ Sports.

Kyle Hadala, 29, from Sarasota, Florida, was arrested and charged with simple assault for punching the Eagles tight end at the Zoo Bar in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Police responded to a call that came in at 1:07 a.m. 

But Hadala told TMZ sports that Goedert and Goedert’s friends had been “harassing” them at a previous bar over music they were playing on a jukebox and continued the harassment at the Zoo Bar. 

"They were extremely aggressive and disrespectful," Hadala told TMZ. "They picked out my smaller colleague from the group, got in his face, and made very threatening remarks toward his personal well-being.

"Then one of his crew told my other colleague, and I quote, 'You’re just a fat f— p—. I'll beat the s— out of you.'"

A surveillance video of the punch emerged the next day on Twitter. It certainly showed what appeared to be a sucker punch to an unsuspecting Goedert. 

Be warned: the punch is hard to watch and there is NSFW language in the video. 

But Hadala claims the short video doesn’t tell the full story. He said when Goedert grabbed his friend, he stepped in to protect him. 

"I protected my friend and then was ambushed by 5 to 7 individuals that punched, kicked, threw beer bottles, etc., trying to cause me bodily harm which I received medical treatment at the hospital for my injuries the next day,” he told TMZ. 

It’ll be up to Hadala to try to plead that case in court as he faces that charge of simple assault. He told TMZ he plans to fight the charge. His first day in court is scheduled for July 10. 

Goedert was not arrested nor charged in the incident. He was taken to a local hospital and was treated and released. Later that Saturday, a source told NBC Sports Philadelphia that Goedert was fine.

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Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert gets a very bold 2020 prediction from PFF

Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert gets a very bold 2020 prediction from PFF

Pro Football Focus released its ranking of the 15 best tight ends in the NFL on Wednesday, and somehow the decision to place Rob Gronkowski at No. 3 is only the second-boldest move on the list.

The boldest? Placing Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert at No. 6 in the league - and ahead of Zach Ertz.

Wait, what?

Eagles fans know the Birds probably have the league's best tight end duo, and 2020 should be a big year for Goedert. But placing the third-year tight end in front of Ertz, a perennial Pro Bowler coming off the second-best season of his career? Hmm.

Let's go to the list for some explanation:

6. DALLAS GOEDERT

The best tight end on the Eagles’ roster heading into 2020 is not Zach Ertz. Despite the receiving totals pointing pretty clearly to Ertz being the better player in Philadelphia, it’s actually Goedert who graded out as the better receiver in 2019. Goedert’s size and athleticism make him dangerous in one-on-one situations, evident in his receiving grade against single coverage that ranked near the top of the list this past season.

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He just needs more opportunities in a featured role, because the talent is there.

7. ZACH ERTZ

Many would rank Ertz as high as third on this list, so I’ll start this out by explaining a little bit why he comes in at just seventh. Primarily, he isn’t nearly as dynamic as some of these other guys with the ball in his hands.

Sandwiched between Antonio Gates (36 years old at the start of this stretch) and Jason Witten (34 years old) is not where you want to be as one of the most productive tight ends in the NFL in your prime.

It's hard to say these evaluations are far off. I'd venture to guess most Eagles fans, and most football observers, expect Goedert to overtake Ertz as the team's TE1 at some point in the next few years. Goedert is more athletic than Ertz, he's already a well-rounded player, and Ertz isn't getting any younger.

And the criticisms of Ertz - his relative lack of game-breaking athleticism compared to a George Kittle or Travis Kelce, and his constant inability to break tackles - hold true, as they have for years.

But predicting Goedert moving ahead of Ertz this year? That's gutsy! 

I think a lot of folks missed Goedert's sneakily productive season in 2019 - 58 catches, 607 yards, and five touchdowns - and we'll likely see Goedert play even more in 2020. His targets (87) didn't match Ertz's receptions (88) last year, so this might feel like a reach for a one-year change. But the role switch for TE1 and TE2 also might be closer than we think.

And if Goedert does take a big leap in 2020, that might make Howie Roseman think twice about extending Zach Ertz. The veteran tight end, possibly the best in franchise history, said this week he wants to remain an Eagle forever

If Goedert overtakes Ertz in productivity this year, as PFF thinks will happen, Ertz might have to take a discount to stick around in midnight green when his contract is up after the 2021 season.

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Eagle Eye podcast: A closer look at DE after addition of Vinny Curry

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Eagle Eye podcast: A closer look at DE after addition of Vinny Curry

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank, Dave Zangaro and Barrett Brooks react to the addition of Vinny Curry and what it means for the entire defensive end position. 

What about guys like Shareef Miller, Genard Avery and Joe Ostman? 

Jatavis Brown abruptly retired this weekend, which leaves the Eagles really light at the linebacker positions. The guys take a closer look. Jason Kelce and Jason Peters are forming a really interesting duo on the Eagles’ line. 

And Nate Gerry and Lane Johnson are off the Reserve/COVID-19 list. 

  • (2:06) — What the return of Vinny Curry means for Shareef Miller.
  • (16:01) — Jatavis Brown abruptly retires.
  • (25:53) — Eagles lack talented players under 25-years-old.
  • (33:16) — Jason Kelce is learning from Jason Peters.

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