Eagles TC Day 13: All is Well with Dallas Goedert
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Much of Eagles nation learned a valuable lesson about Twitter over the last 24 hours.
Don't believe every rumor that shows up on your timeline.
The fact that some fans "saw" Dallas Goedert leaving Lincoln Financial Field in an aircast spread like wildfire, so much so that concerned diehards peppered reporters asking for an injury update on the rookie tight end who has made such a great early impression.
All of them were fearing the worst and all we could offer is that Goedert did not finish practice on Saturday and left the field with trainers with what seemed like an upper-body injury.
On Sunday, Goedert showed up to do some stretching before practice started before receding into the building with the only clear thing being that he certainly didn't have a broken arm.
If the locker room after the session Goedert confirmed he suffered a minor elbow injury calling it a "bump and a bruise" and expects to be back "in a day or two."
"It’s pretty crazy," Goedert said of the Twitter buzz generated by his health. "It’s kind of the social media world. It's kinda weird. It’s cool, though. We’ve got some great fans out here."
Goedert impressed in the preseason opener against Pittsburgh as both a receiver, snaring four catches and a touchdown, and blocker.
"Probably one of the bright spots the other night was his blocking, take away the route running and the ability to catch the football," coach Doug Pederson said. "... He's going to continue to get better. It just becomes a big part of not only our running game, but it also helps in the passing game when we can ask a tight end to block in protection, which we do from time to time. He's still working, getting better obviously there, and it was encouraging to see him the other night do that."
DAY 13 NEWS AND NOTES:
-Those missing practice along with Goedert included receivers Nelson Agholor and Markus Wheaton and running backs Corey Clement and Donnel Pumphrey.
-With Corey Graham back, an interesting development on special teams was the veteran serving as Cameron Johnston's personal protector. Tre Sullivan had been handling that role at times, which typically belongs to Chris Maragos, who remains on the PUP list while recovering from knee surgery.
-Mike Wallace has really shined since getting back on the practice field and may have had the play of the day by hauling in a high throw from Nick Foles on a deep in route.
-A good example of why you shouldn't take training camp play-by-play all that seriously was Foles' "worst throw" in today's session, a heave into double coverage that Malcolm Jenkins easily picked off. Problem is, the defense had jumped offside and Foles had a free play so he was trying for a home run on purpose.
-Rookie Avonte Maddox continued to get some first-team slot work and Jenkins gave the undersized young CB some advice in the locker room.
"Don't let them box you in," Jenkins shouted, a nod toward never accepting a preconceived notion about size limiting a CB to the slot.
-After having some trouble tracking the football in the air against the Steelers, Rasul Douglas again had an issue in 7-on-7 work when Bryce Treggs came back for a Foles; underthrow, resulting in a big gain.
-The Eagles' quarterbacks all gathered for an accuracy period at one point, trying to hit a target from various points. On the intermediate stuff South Jersey native Joe Callahan was lights out but struggled on the longer throws where Carson Wentz took over as the most accurate passer.
-Wentz's workload remained individual work and some 7-on-7 action, something that will not change until the doctors clear him for contact.
-The scariest moment of the day came when Ronald Darby leaped into the air trying to pick off a pass and came down hard. He remained on the ground for a few moments after getting the wind knocked out of him but soon recovered.
-Nate Sudfeld did some nice work connecting with tight end Richard Rodgers in the red zone while Josh Adams continues to trend upward, taking a Joe Callahan screen the distance.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen