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The Eagles Add Tight End Depth

The Philadelphia Eagles are not done signing players. Tight End Jaeden Graham was recently added as the newest member of the Eagles. Who is Jaeden Graham and what are his odds of making the team?

Ivy League College Career

Jaeden Graham was born on October 10, 1995, in Aurora, Colorado. He played his college football at Yale University. He played sparingly for the Yale Bulldogs until his senior year in 2017.

As a senior, Graham recorded 26 catches for 380 yards as the school’s number one tight end. He also scored four touchdowns. This was good enough for first-team All-Ivy League Honors as a tight end. 2017 was a special year for the program as Yale won the Ivy League and ranked 24th in the final FCS rankings.

NFL Career

Graham entered the 2018 NFL Draft a little undersized, but scouts thought his receiving abilities and football IQ gave him potential. He ended up going undrafted, but later signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

Jaeden Graham spent the 2018 season on the Falcons practice squad. He made his NFL debut during the 2019 season and played in all 16 games. Graham was the third tight end on the roster and recorded 150 receiving yards and one touchdown. He mostly played on special teams.

In 2020, Graham once again appeared in all 16 games for the Falcons, but only recorded three catches for 25 yards. 2021 was a disappointing year for Graham as he missed the entire season due to a knee injury during training camp.

Eagles’ Tight End Group

The Eagles brought in Jaeden Graham for a tryout on Monday July 25th and signed hm to a contract the following day. He will likely just be a camp body as the Eagles have plenty of competition at the position. Here is who the Eagles have at tight end entering training camp:

Dallas Goedert (the team’s number one tight end entering his fifth season)

-Jack Stoll (2021 Eagles third-string tight end)

-Richard Rodgers (has played for multiple teams including the Eagles over eight seasons)

Grant Calcaterra (2022 sixth-round draft pick out of SMU) 

-Tyree Jackson (2021 Eagles practice squad player, recovering from a torn ACL from week 18 of the 2021 season)

-Noah Togiai (2021 Eagles practice squad player)

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (2019 second-round pick originally as a wide receiver)

In Conclusion

It is good to see the Eagles bring in competition so that existing players on the roster continue to push themselves to get better. NFL teams are allowed 90 players at the beginning of training camp, so the Eagles are going to make sure they use up every possible roster spot.

Graham will bring NFL experience to Philadelphia but is going up against guys that have been with the Eagles at least a year. These players already know Nick Sirianni’s system and have the advantage over the newer guys. Graham has the IVY League background to learn quickly and could fit the Eagles’ needs at special teams. It will be interesting to see the tight end position battle this training camp and preseason.

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