Rookie Philadelphia Eagles with no room for error during training camp

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player. 54. . . . Grant Calcaterra, tight end. 47

The Philadelphia Eagles have a boom-or-bust talent at the tight end position in the form of Grant Calcaterra.

Had injuries and an early retirement not occurred during Grant Calcaterra‘s days as a promising collegiate star, he may have worked his way into becoming one of the premier prospects at the tight end position. Following a good year with the SMU Mustangs, one in which he hauled in 38 passes for 465 yards and reached the end zone four times, the theory is the health concerns are behind him.

That’s a good thing, both because no one wants to see anyone struggle with concussions and because it’s nice to see a young man with this level of talent have an opportunity to pursue his dream. The day Calcaterra walks into the NovaCare Complex, he’ll be staring up on the depth chart at Dallas Goedert, Jack Stoll, Tyree Jackson, Richard Rodgers, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Noah Togiai.

From a talent standpoint, Calcaterra could potentially be the second-best player at the position on that list. That’s, again, if he’s healthy, but with the Philadelphia Eagles’ decision to cancel minicamp (and the six practices that come along with it), his opportunities to prove that will be minimal.

Don’t be shocked if he balls out at camp and climbs the depth chart. Don’t be shocked if all roads lead to the practice squad and another team swoops in and snatches him.