3 Reasons Grant Calcaterra is a future star in the Eagles offense

Grant Calcaterra #81, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Grant Calcaterra #81, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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The Eagles would be wise to deploy Grant Calcaterra.

As the Philadelphia Eagles sit idle on their bye week, they have an opportunity to earn some much-needed rest, get healthy, and find ways to develop their young talent, particularly Grant Calcaterra. He’s a promising young star, one they found during the sixth round of the most recent NFL Draft.

As we mentioned in an Inside The Iggles feature ahead of Week 6’s game versus the Dallas Cowboys, the use of 12 personnel (one running back, two wide receivers, and two tight ends) was a key strategy in beating Dallas.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn hates to play in base, and having Leighton Vander Esch, Jabril Cox, and Anthony Barr at his disposal at the linebacker position, who can blame him?

If teams insist on playing nickel coverage (five defensive backs), the Eagles don’t just have an advantage in the running game. They can also utilize Grant Calcaterra as a receiver to aggravate opposing defenses when the Eagles are in two tight end sets. That’s one reason to be excited about the rookie. Here are a few more. Philly has a potential star (and a matchup issue) in their young tight end.