Status updates for every Eagles rookie at quarter mark
It's hard to believe, but we've already made it through a quarter of the 2018 season as the Eagles sit at 2-2.
It seems like a good time for a status update on the six rookies on the 53-man roster.
We’ll go with the draft picks and then the undrafted rookies. (USA Today Images)
Dallas Goedert (2nd-round pick; South Dakota State)
Through four games, Goedert has played 120 snaps (39 percent). After just 34 snaps in the first two games, he played 55 and then 31 in the next two. The Eagles acknowledged they needed to use him more and it’s clear the Eagles are finding ways to get him more involved. He has 10 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Aside from his ability to catch the ball, which we’ve seen in spurts, Goedert has been even more excited about his blocking. For a rookie tight end, he’s already an exceptional blocker.
Expectations for the rest of the season: Goedert is going to be a big part of this team going forward. Zach Ertz is playing the best football of his career, but Goedert can still help. I still think he’s going to catch a few more touchdowns this year. (AP Images)
Avonte Maddox (4th-round pick; Pittsburgh)
In the first three games of the season, Maddox didn’t get on the field as a defensive player, but in the fourth game on Sunday, he played 20 snaps. Many of them came as a centerfielder safety because Rodney McLeod is out for the season. So after playing outside corner at Pittsburgh, Maddox has already learned two new positions (slot corner and safety) during his first five months in the NFL. A side note, Maddox is second in special teams snaps with 90; that’s a lot.
Expectations for the rest of the season: While Maddox gave up the game-winning touchdown on Sunday, he didn’t play bad in that game, for the most part, especially when considering he was at a new position. Look for his role in the defense to increase the rest of the way. (USA Today Images)
Josh Sweat (4th-round pick; Florida State)
It’s the learning game for Sweat. He’s buried on the depth chart behind Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Chris Long and Michael Bennett. He has been inactive for three games and the one game he was up, didn’t get on the field on defense or special teams.
Expectations for the rest of the season: Unless there’s an injury, this will be a learning year for Sweat. With the futures of some of the other guys in question after this year, Sweat could be poised for a significant role next season. (USA Today Images)
Matt Pryor (6th-round pick; TCU)
At the start of training camp, Pryor looked incredible. He was winning every 1-on-1 matchup and looked great in team drills. After that, he came back to Earth a little bit. He’s 6-foot-7, but the Eagles see his best position at guard. He’s been inactive for the first four games of the season. The Eagles have kept their starting five, Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Isaac Seumalo active. Pryor has been working on scout team in practice.
Expectations for the rest of the season: Unless there’s an injury, Pryor is in for a redshirt season. Heck, it might take two injuries for him to be active on game day. For now, it’s just about soaking in all he can. (AP Images)
Jordan Mailata (7th-round pick; South Sydney Rabbitohs)
The big Aussie is still a long-term project, but the Eagles were always going to keep him on the 53-man roster. The Eagles weren’t going to risk another team taking him. Everyone knows this will be a redshirt season for Mailata. I chatted with him the other day and he said things are going well for him. The coaching staff keeps telling him they want to mold him into a great player. The good news is: he appears moldable.
Expectations for the rest of this season: Same as Pryor, really. It would take injuries or something going really wrong for Mailata to play. Although after what we saw from him in the preseason, he’s much closer than we ever would have thought when they drafted him. He might be the left tackle of the future. (AP Images)
Josh Adams (undrafted; Notre Dame)
Adams began the season on the practice squad but got called up before the Colts game. He’s played just nine snaps — eight against the Colts and one against the Titans — in those two games. In those eight snaps against Indy, Adams got six carries for 30 yards. Pretty solid. But he couldn’t get on the field agains the Titans despite the Eagles’ being down two running backs.
Expectations for the rest of the season: Because of injuries, the Eagles have five running backs on their roster right now. Adams will stick around as long as those injuries linger. But if the other four backs are ever healthy at the same time, it seems possible Adams could end up back on the practice squad. (AP Images)