Why the heck did Josh Perkins play more than Dallas Goedert?

Why the heck did Josh Perkins play more than Dallas Goedert?

TAMPA — The Eagles used their first pick in the 2018 draft to select a young, talented tight end named Dallas Goedert, who has shown flashes of the type of play-making ability their offense has desperately needed in the first two weeks of the season. 

And then they played Josh Perkins. 

Perkins, the 25-year-old tight end, who was once a longshot to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster, played 26 snaps in the 27-21 loss to the Bucs on Sunday. Goedert played just 17. 

If you think that doesn’t make sense, you’re not alone. 

So after the game, I tried to ask Doug Pederson why that was. Here was his long and convoluted answer: 

“Well, a lot of times with the tight end situation, some of it is by game plan. And then we lose some receivers, we start having to use the second or third tight end. Plus, listen, it’s a complex thing because it starts moving bodies around, and without getting real specific with the game plan, because obviously, you don’t know the game plan, one part that goes down, then you have to adjust everybody else. A lot of times it’s easier with Perk in the game. Dallas played, but at the same time, it didn’t change our receivers on the outside; it kept those guys sort of in their same spots. Again, you don’t know, and this isn’t against you, but without knowing the offense and the formations and the personnel that we have, it can be a chess match moving multiple parts on offense. Does that make sense?” 

Not really.

“I know,” Pederson accepted. “It’s complicated because you don’t know the plan, and that’s nothing against you, I’m just saying when you don’t know the plan, the formations, where we move guys and have guys specific in the game plan, if one guy goes down, now it shuffles the whole thing. We can keep it real consistent by just moving one part and not many parts. I know, I just confused you more. Sorry.”

Based on thinking about this and chatting with a few other folks, here’s what I came up with: Perkins is a converted wide receiver, so when Mike Wallace went down with injury, the Eagles basically wanted to play him at wideout instead of using Goedert as a tight end, which would have affected more than one position. 

The problem with that is simple, though. You gotta get your most talented players on the field. On Sunday, that should have been Goedert. So if Pederson needed to change the game plan or deviate from it at least a little bit, he should have. Nothing against Perkins, who actually made a few plays, finishing with four catches for 57 yards, but he isn’t as talented as Goedert. He doesn’t have the big-play ability and his ceiling isn’t nearly as high. 

Even Perkins was a little surprised. 

“I didn’t think I was going to play this much,” Perkins said. “But they had the confidence in me to throw me in there.” 

Through two games now, Goedert has played 34 snaps (17 in each game) and has one catch for four yards. He wasn’t even targeted against the Bucs. Despite nearly pulling in a touchdown catch in the season opener, the talented rookie tight end has been a complete non-factor in his first two NFL games. 

That’s not gonna cut it. 

The Eagles need to find a way to get Goedert more involved in the offense, especially while other key members of the team are out. I don’t need to know the game plan to know that. 

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Super Bowl LIV: 10 things you never knew about Andy Reid

Super Bowl LIV: 10 things you never knew about Andy Reid

Everybody knows Andy Reid was in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Monday Night Football as a kid.

Everybody knows Big Red is the seventh coach to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl.

Everybody knows Reid has coached the most games in NFL history without a championship.

But there’s a lot about Big Red you probably never knew.

Such as … 

Going door to door: In 1986, Andy Reid, Brad Childress and Tom Melvin were all assistant coaches under Larry Kentera at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. NAU wasn’t a high-powered football program back then, and one of the responsibilities of the assistant coaches was to go door-to-door in the community trying to raise money. The coaches went out in pairs, and one year, Reid and Childress were assigned some of the tiny Native American villages located north of Flagstaff and just south of the Grand Canyon. Reid and Childress found themselves knocking on the doors of tiny Indian Pueblos asking for donations from people who had no idea what football was. Thirteen years later, Reid, Childress and Melvin were all coaching with the Eagles.  

95 percent chance: After he was fired by the Eagles following the 2012 season, Reid was quickly linked with the Arizona Cardinals' head coaching job. The Cards had just fired Romeo Crennel after one year, and Reid was such a strong candidate for the Cards job that Adam Schefter, who is NEVER wrong, tweeted that a source told him there was a 95 percent chance Reid would wind up coaching the Cards. Reid had interviews scheduled with the Chiefs and Cards, but he never made it to Phoenix. The Chiefs interviewed him at Philadelphia Airport and hired him on the spot, before he could catch his flight to Arizona. 

“Get your peanuts here:” As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, Reid worked as a peanut vendor at Dodger Stadium.

Secret visits: During the summer of 2009, when beloved defensive coordinator Jim Johnson was battling cancer, Reid quietly and with nobody knowing left training camp nearly every night after practice, film study and meetings and drove from Lehigh to Philadelphia to visit Jim in the hospital.  

Serving at love: Reid met his wife of 38 years, Tammy, in a Fundamentals of Tennis class when they were students at Brigham Young in 1980.

A chance meeting: Reid coached at San Francisco State from 1983 through 1985, and at the same time world-renowned activist Angela Davis taught ethnic studies at the same university. As it turned out, Reid’s office and Davis’s office were not only in the same building but along the same hallway, and the two often had long conversations at the water fountain. About what? We can only imagine. 

“Touchdown Nelly!”: Reid’s youth basketball coach was Pete Arbogast, who is now the offiical radio play-by-play voice of USC basketball and football. Yup, the guy who called all those Nelson Agholor TD catches was Andy Reid’s youth basketball coach.

Together since 1983: When Reid first arrived at San Francisco State as offensive line coach in 1983, one of his players was Tom Melvin. Reid was 25 and Melvin was 23. Today, 37 years later, the two are still together. They first worked together in 1984 and 1985 at San Francisco State then for one year at Northern Arizona. From 1991 through 1998, Melvin was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Occidental College in Los Angeles and Reid was on Mike Holmgren's Packers staff. When Reid was hired by the Eagles in 1999, he brought in Melvin as a quality control coach and then promoted him to tight ends in 2002. He’s served as Reid’s tight ends coach all seven years in K.C. as well. So the two have spent 29 of the last 37 years together.

Grease is the word: Reid attended Marshall High in Los Angeles, the same school that produced Leonardo DiCaprio, Lance Ito, Heidi Fless and Julia “Catwoman” Newmar and where the interior scenes for the movie Grease were filmed.

They signed who???: Reid was named head coach of the Eagles on Jan. 11, 1999. The first three players the Eagles signed after that were Charles Johnson, Torrance Small and Doug Pederson.

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Donnel Pumphrey, Freddie Martino and more: Every former Eagles player on XFL rosters

Donnel Pumphrey, Freddie Martino and more: Every former Eagles player on XFL rosters

The XFL season kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 8 when the DC Defenders host the Seattle Dragons at 2 p.m. on ABC. 

You can watch that game and root on Donnel Pumphrey! 

But he’s just one of many former Eagles in the eight-team startup league. 

After scouring all eight rosters, I counted 25 former Eagles. That means the league is 6 percent former Eagles. 

Here’s a look at every former Eagles player on each team: 

Dallas Renegades 

WR Freddie Martino
CB Josh Hawkins
LB Asantay Brown
DE Winston Craig 

The most notable name on this list is Hawkins, who played late in the season for the Eagles in 2018. He was thrown into a really tough spot against the Saints in the divisional round playoff game and didn’t hold up very well. He came back for training camp in 2019 but was released at final cuts. Martino, Brown and Craig were camp bodies and never played for the Eagles. But Martino was a fan favorite in camp in 2015 and ended up playing for the Bucs for a few years. From 2016-18 in Tampa Bay, Martino had 13 catches for 238 yards and a touchdown. 

DC Defenders 

WR DeAndre Thompkins 
RB Donnel Pumphrey 
C Jon Toth 
OL Malcolm Bunche 
DT Elijah Qualls

The Defenders actually boast two former Eagles draft picks from the 2017. Pumphrey was a fourth-round pick and Qualls was a sixth-round pick. Neither ever played a game for the Eagles. Pumprhey was the most prolific running back in NCAA history but at 5-9, 176 pounds, the Eagles tried to change his entire game and he never worked out. As recently as last offseason, Pump was in camp with the Eagles. Thompkins, a receiver from Penn State, was in camp before last season. Bunche, who is from Newark, Delaware, went undrafted out of UCLA in 2015. He was cut by the Eagles but spent the entire 2015 season on the practice squad. 

Houston Roughnecks

S Trae Elston 
CB Ajene Harris 
RB De’Angelo Henderson
OL Toby Weathersby
DL Gabe Wright 

Henderson was with the Eagles on their practice squad for most of the 2019 season but the Birds brought in Elijah Holyfield at the end of the season instead of promoting him. After the season ended, Henderson didn’t sign a futures deal with the Eagles and instead is heading to the XFL. Harris, a corner from USC, was also with the Eagles on their practice squad for some of this past season. You probably don’t even remember him, but Elston played in one game for the Eagles in 2017; he got seven special teams snaps in the Week 3 win over the Giants. 

Los Angeles Wildcats

S Jerome Couplin III 
LB Quentin Gause 

In 2014-15, Couplin played in nine games with the Eagles and had a total of five combined tackles. The William & Mary product went undrafted in 2014 and was with the Lions and Bills before coming to Philly. Gause was with the Eagles in the summer of 2016 and ended up playing in three games that season for the Broncos. 

New York Guardians

QB Luis Perez
QB Matt McGloin
LB Ryan Mueller 

Perez came from the AAF and spent just a month with the Eagles. McGloin, the former Penn State quarterback, lasted the 2017 offseason with the Eagles. But he did play in 13 games (7 starts) for the Raiders from 2013-16. Mueller was a big-time defensive end at Kansas State but when he got to Philly in 2016, he was a fullback that offseason. That was the last time the Eagles toyed with the idea of a full-time fullback. 

St. Louis BattleHawks 

WR Carlton Agudosi 
DB Harold Jones-Quartey 
RB Matt Jones

Agudosi (6-6, 220) made some spectacular catches with the Eagles in the summer before the 2019 season but didn’t stick. And you’ll remember Matt Jones. He was with the Eagles briefly in 2018 but didn’t make the team. With the Redskins, the former third-round pick rushed for 950 yards in 2015-16. 

Seattle Dragons

S Godwin Igwebuike 

A year after Igwebuike played six games for the Niners and Bucs as an undrafted rookie out of Northwestern in 2018, he was with the Eagles in the summer of 2019. 

Tampa Bay Vipers 

QB Aaron Murray
WR Seantavius Jones 

Murray was with the Eagles in the 2016 season on the practice squad after he had been with the Chiefs under Doug Pederson in 2014-15. But the former fifth-round pick from Georgia went to the Rams in 2017. Jones was with the Eagles for a little over a month in the offseason of 2016 and never practiced in Philly. Still, he remains the best Seantavius in Eagles history. 

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