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

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Grant Calcaterra can create big plays in an otherwise conservative gameplan

While A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith are tough matchups for opposing defenses, especially when aligned in the slot, the bigger mismatch is likely with whoever the Eagles field at tight end. We all know how good Dallas Goedert is, and Grant Calcaterra could be equally adept at attacking the second level. Linebackers may lack the speed to cover him. Safeties simply lack the size.

Dallas Goedert is undoubtedly a top-five tight end as both a run blocker and a receiver. He leads the team in yards after contact (YAC). Tight end screens are likely to produce explosive plays all season, especially if more teams are more aggressive defensively.

While the Eagles ran a ton of bubble screens to DeVonta Smith early in Arizona, the Cardinals eventually defended that route fairly well, which forced the Eagles to look elsewhere for quick and easy yards.

Goedert and Calcaterra are likely the two best sources for those quick and easy yards, and when coverage breakdowns occur, there will be plenty of real estate available that they can take advantage of. In single high defenses, there are three main coverages: Cover 1 (essentially man coverage), Cover 2 (zone coverage), and Cover 3 (one of the most balanced coverages to play against the run and the pass). Dallas Goedert and Grant Calcaterra remain coverage nightmares in all three scenarios.