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

Grant Calcaterra #81, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Grant Calcaterra #TE04, Philadelphia Eagles
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Grant Calcaterra is a dual-threat tight end

Let’s just throw a question out there for fodder. Should Jack Stoll or Grant Calcaterra be featured as the second tight end in the Eagles’ two tight end sets? Well, the answer to this question is Jack Stoll obviously, but if the Eagles want to be creative, there’s no reason why this can’t be situational.

Jack Stoll is a powerful blocker and probably the better blocker at this stage of their respective careers, but Grant Calcaterra is a better threat as a receiver, both in terms of speed and hands. That is a common perception, which brings us to another question. What if the Eagles had two dual-threat tight ends in the lineup simultaneously?

According to PFF, Grant Calcaterra has a 79.1 grade as a run blocker and a 91.7 offensive grade having hauled in his only target as a receiver, a 40-yard catch and run versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4.

The problem here is the sample size. He’s only seen 45 snaps, roughly 15% of the team’s total, but based on the eyeball test and a few nice showings, no one should complain if he gets more reps as both a run blocker and a receiver.