For now, Goedert’s squarely on the Senior Bowl’s radar, and is projected in a seniorbowl.com profile to contribute immediately as a TE2 with potential as a starter. Goedert, in turn, is ready to pounce on an invitation.
“I think the Senior Bowl would be a great opportunity to show what I can do against higher competition,” said Goedert, who is coming off a huge performance against Missouri State (8 catches, 170 yards, 1 TD). “That’s the question mark on me. And I can answer it.”
Like it or not, Jay Cutler’s injury might be the best thing that’s happened to the Dolphins offense all season. He had only eclipsed 200 passing yards twice and left the game with a six-week interception streak. Ugh. Anyway, Matt Moore will take over under center for the time being, and in the eight games that Matt Moore has quarterbacked in Landry’s career, the Miami receiver averages more yards and touchdowns per game (72/0.75) than without Moore (61.7/0.22).
“I lined up for the first time at 205 pounds against our starting D-end, working blocking drills with him. I didn’t have my chinstrap buckled, I didn’t have my mouth guard in, and he told me, ‘You might want to buckle up and put that in,’ ” Goedert said. “We were just in helmets and shoulder pads. No (football) pants on, just shells. In high school, if we were in shells, we weren’t hitting. In high school, half the time we didn’t have enough players, so we’d be going against our coaches holding bags.”
The rep outcome was predictable: “I got thrown like a rag doll,” Goedert said.
While Goedert’s background in football has its rough edges, he’s also escaped a lot of the trappings that can saddle high-profile college players.
He was a highly competitive swimmer from age 4. When he was 6, he emerged from the water at one meet and was told by his coach and aunt, Dianne Yelkin, that he’d broken a record. Dallas began sobbing, as if he’d instead broken a window.