5 Philadelphia Eagles with the most to gain following latest injury news

Tyree Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Tyree Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Grant Calcaterra, Philadelphia Eagles
Grant Calcaterra, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Philadelphia Eagles have an intriguing competition brewing at tight end.

Time flies! It’s already year five for Dallas Goedert! He enters his first Philadelphia Eagles training camp as the top man on the tight end’s depth chart following a midseason trade of Zach Ertz that took place back on October 15th.

We’ve seen the Birds carry two tight ends on the 53-man roster before, but let’s assume they carry three. That’s pretty likely.

Six guys are competing for two spots. This was always expected to be one of camp’s more intriguing battles. That hasn’t changed in light of Tyree Jackson’s injury. Here are two prospects to watch.

Grant Calcaterra

Had a string of unfortunate head injuries not led to early retirement for Grant Calcaterra, he probably could have entered the NFL Draft in 2021 and heard his name called on Day 2. As it turns out, this former teammate of Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma with the Sooners gained medical clearance last year, announced that he would be enrolling at Auburn but elected instead to attend SMU at the last moment. That decision worked out well for him.

It appears that the head injuries are behind him as Calcaterra appeared in 11 games during the 2021 college football season and put together a respectable stat line: 38 receptions, 465 yards receiving, and four touchdowns.

We could be talking about a draft-day steal here down the line. Philly’s final selection of the 2022 draft class, the 198th selection overall, Calcaterra is the best receiver the Eagles have at the tight end position not named Dallas Goedert. If he’s healthy, he could be a force to be reckoned with.