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Eagles insider Howard Eskin hears that there's now a "great chance" TE Zach Ertz will be on the team for the "start of the season." That last part is noteworthy because it leaves open the possibility of an in-season trade. Still, Ertz sticking around for any number of games would hurt TE Dallas Goedert's fantasy value. In their 7 shared games together last year, Ertz out-targeted Goedert 45 to 42. We'd expect that to swing in Goedert's favor in 2021. But his chances of finishing near the top of his position in targets would be slim with Ertz to contend with.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz didn't report for voluntary workouts on Monday and isn't expected to take part in the offseason program, according to insider Jeff McLane. He knows he's not part of the team's 2021 plans and is waiting until he's traded or released. The Eagles have seemingly been looking to trade him for a few months but haven't found any takers. Ertz is still just 30 but is coming off an ugly 2020 season that saw him rank 31st in yards per route run and 30th in Pro Football Focus receiving grade among 34 TEs with 40+ targets. We'll see where he ends up, but Ertz isn't an attractive draft target right now. Meanwhile, we've already projected Eagles TE Dallas Goedert as if Ertz is gone.

The Eagles have given TE Zach Ertz permission to seek a trade, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The relationship between these 2 sides has been cold since they refused to agree to a contract extension last summer. Ertz didn't do his trade value any favors by missing 5 games and averaging just 30.5 yards in the other 11 last season. The 30-year-old looked like a guy running out of gas. We'll see where the situation goes, but consider Ertz just a low-end TE2 in fantasy drafts for now. TE Dallas Goedert, meanwhile, will be a good bet for new career highs in 2021 if Ertz departs.

The Eagles have named Shane Steichen their new OC. Steichen coached alongside new Eagles HC Nick Sirianni with the Chargers from 2014 to 2017. He took over as Chargers OC midway through the 2019 campaign and then led the squad to a 9th-place finish in total yards this past year. The 2020 Chargers were a fast-paced offense, ranking 5th in situation-neutral pace.

The Eagles are hiring Nick Sirianni as their new HC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Sirianni has 12 seasons of experience in the league, spending the past 3 as Colts OC. Indianapolis finished top 7 in points and yards with QB Andrew Luck in Sirianni's 1st year. The unit took a step back after Luck's surprise retirement in 2019 but bounced back to rank 9th in points and 10th in yards this past season. It's worth noting, though, that it was HC Frank Reich calling the plays for the Colts. So the 39-year-old Sirianni heads to Philly as a bit of an unknown.

The Eagles have fired HC Doug Pederson. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the move was made as a result of both on-field performance and disagreements between Pederson and management on coaching staff changes for 2021 and beyond. "Pederson was sick of people telling him what to do," Rapoport adds. Pederson is just 3 seasons removed from bringing a Super Bowl to Philadelphia, but his 2020 Eagles were 1 of the most disappointing teams in the league. We'll see who Philly hires as its new HC and, more importantly, how they decide to move forward at QB.

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday night’s finale vs. Washington. That leaves Zach Ertz back in the lead TE role. He’s seen 7 targets alongside Goedert in back-to-back games and is a decent Week 17 fantasy play.

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (calf) did not practice on Wednesday. If he can't play vs. Washington on Sunday night, TE Zach Ertz would be in for a boost in targets.

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert left Sunday's loss to the Cowboys in the 4th quarter with a calf injury. We'll see about his status heading into Week 17. A meaningless regular-season finale might hurt his chances of returning to action.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Saturday that he doesn't believe TE Zach Ertz (ankle) will be ready to return for Monday night's game against the Seahawks. Pederson was more optimistic earlier this week, so it seems like Ertz didn't progress as hoped over the past few days. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 13. Dallas Goedert is as good a target bet as any TE not named Kelce or Waller in Week 12.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson admitted Friday that TE Zach Ertz (ankle) is unlikely to play against the Browns this weekend. He returned to practice this week but "probably needs a little more time," according to Pederson. Ertz's continued absence makes TE Dallas Goedert a relatively strong target bet.

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (ankle) is active for tonight’s game against the Cowboys. He carries elevated risk in his 1st outing since Week 3. But Goedert is a strong fantasy play tonight if he plays anything close to his normal role.

The Eagles are activating TE Dallas Goedert (ankle) ahead of Sunday night's game against the Cowboys, according to multiple reports. Goedert reportedly surprised coaches in practice this week with how far along he is in his return from a Week 3 fracture in his ankle. It's tough to know just how much Goedert will play in his 1st game back, but we'd assume something near his usual role. Otherwise, it would seem to make more sense to keep him out through the Week 9 bye. Goedert's return dampens the outlook for TE Richard Rodgers, but there's room for both to produce amid a still-shallow pass-catcher depth chart.

The Eagles have designated TE Dallas Goedert to return from IR. That means Goedert will start practicing with the team this week. Philly will have 3 weeks to decide whether to activate him in full. We'll see if Goedert can make it back onto the active roster for this weekend, but it still seems more likely that he remains out until the other side of the Week 9 bye.

Eagles TE Dallas Goedert (ankle) will "potentially return" by Week 10, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. It's the first real timetable we've gotten on Goedert since he was placed on IR with a small fracture in his ankle on September 29. Goedert remains worth stashing on fantasy rosters, but it sounds like you'll need to wait a few more weeks for him. With TE Zach Ertz (ankle) also expected to be out until at least Week 10, Richard Rodgers will operate as Philly's lead TE for at least next week's game vs. Dallas. (The Eagles have a Week 9 bye.) Rodgers hauled in 6 of 8 targets for a team-high 85 yards in Thursday night's win over the Giants.

The Eagles expect TE Zach Ertz to miss 3-4 weeks with the ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Ravens, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. TE Dallas Goedert is eligible to come off IR for Week 7, if his injured ankle is ready. If Goedert isn't ready, then Richard Rodgers would figure to operate as the lead TE for Thursday night's game against the Giants. Ertz can be dropped in shallower fantasy leagues that don't have IR spots. He currently sits just 17th among TEs in PPR points, and Goedert should return before Ertz does, based on Mortensen's timeline.

Update: Adam Schefter adds that it's a high-ankle sprain for Ertz.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz was knocked out of Sunday's game vs. the Ravens with an ankle injury. We'll look for an update on the severity. TE Dallas Goedert (ankle) is eligible to come off IR next week, although it's unclear if he's ready.

The Eagles have placed TE Dallas Goedert (ankle) on IR. That means he's out for at least the next 3 games. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Goedert's absence "could be longer," but that there's "hope" he'll return when first eligible. We'd still try to keep Goedert stashed on fantasy benches. Philadelphia signed former Cardinals WR Hakeem Butler to take Goedert's spot on the roster and announced him as a TE.

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