Do the Philadelphia Eagles have an answer behind Dallas Goedert?
Tight ends (3): Dallas Goedert, Jack Stoll, Grant Calcaterra
What earned Dallas Goedert an extension this past season was his prowess in the receiving game and the toughness that he brings to the Eagles’ running game as a blocker. Both aspects of his game are clearly played at a high level.
The 27-year-old could work to clean up the focus drops and secure the catch before running upfield. He also had issues blocking in the playoff game last year – most of the team did though.
A.J. Brown’s presence means that teams can’t bracket Goedert and Smith anymore. That should open up more room for Dallas down the seam, in the middle versus two-high looks, and in the middle of the field in general. Three-level flood concepts are to be expected as well.
Jack Stoll didn’t offer much value in the passing game last year but did show development in 12 and 13 personnel in the running game. The Eagles definitely like what he brings to the table, but they could use another receiving option alongside Goedert.
Grant Calcaterra might be able to provide that if healthy. Philadelphia would love to run more 12 personnel without it being a clear giveaway to a run play. It might not be the same as Zach Ertz and Goedert but Calcaterra can act as a safety blanket in the passing game with the ability to climb the ladder and get upfield for extra yards. If his blocking is adequate, he should earn playing time.
Tyree Jackson’s week 18 ACL tear was difficult to watch. The hope was that he would compete for one of the spots this year, but instead, he’ll probably start the year on injured reserve.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside has made the conversion to tight end. Many people called for that earlier. He should have a real shot to make the roster due to his ability to block out wide or inline as a wing on the line of scrimmage.
He was also a special teams standout last season. Richard Rodgers will earn a look due to his experience and familiarity with this team. Noah Togiai should be a strong practice squad candidate.