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What Will New Tight End Grant Calcaterra’s Role Be With The Eagles?

The Philadelphia Eagles made some great picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. The draft class is led by Georgia defenders Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean, but there are several other interesting selections to keep an eye on.

The Eagles made five selections total in the draft. Their final selection came in the sixth round. With the 198th overall pick, the Philadelphia Eagles selected tight end, Grant Calcaterra, out of Southern Methodist University. Who is Grant Calcaterra and what could his role be with the Eagles?

College Career

Grant Calcaterra was born on December 4, 1998. He played his high school football at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California. Calcaterra was named an Under-Armour All-American for catching 57 passes for 958 yards and eight touchdowns in his senior year. He originally committed to the University of Oklahoma to play tight end.

In his freshman year for the Sooners, Calcaterra caught ten passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns. He improved in his sophomore year by catching 26 passes for 396 yards and six touchdowns. Calcaterra ran into concussion concerns in 2019 and only played in three games.

Calcaterra stopped playing football in 2020 and was set to start a job as an emergency medical technician. He changed his mind and committed to playing the 2021 season at Auburn before deciding to play at Southern Methodist University.

Grant Calcaterra had the best season of his college career at SMU. He started all 12 games and recorded 38 receptions for 465 yards and four touchdowns. He was named to the 2021 Second-Team All-American Athletic Conference team.

Draft Profile

Calcaterra was a projected seventh-round pick. He is listed at 6’4″ and 241 lbs. which is considered a bit undersized for a tight end. Calcaterra is primarily a receiving tight end which is in high demand in today’s NFL. He is athletic, has good speed, and has a great pass-catching ability. Calcaterra also has a high football IQ.

As for weaknesses, Calcaterra is below average as a blocker. His smaller size makes it easier for defenders to get by him. He also has a concussion history. Calcaterra nearly quit football because of concussions but did play well his senior year after a year off.

Overall, the positives outweigh the negatives as this was a low-risk pick. Grant Calcaterra has the potential to make an impact on passing downs. He can find ways to get open and score touchdowns. His pro comparisons are Zach Ertz and Mike Gesicki.

Where Could He Fit On The Eagles?

Grant Calcaterra joins a crowded field of tight ends in Philadelphia. He was a late-round pick, so he won’t have high expectations during minicamp and preseason. Calcaterra can make the team for his pass-catching abilities. His blocking skills need improvement, but the Eagles already have a really good offensive line. Calcaterra’s concussion history may also be a concern.

Current Eagles Tight Ends

The Eagles have plenty of options at tight end, so Grant Calcaterra will need to have an excellent preseason to get consideration for a spot.

  1. Dallas Goedert

  2. Richard Rodgers

  3. Jack Stoll

  4. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

  5. Tyree Jackson

  6. Noah Togiai

Dallas Goedert is obviously the starter, but the Eagles will need a backup tight end and a couple of practice squad options. Goedert had his best season in 2021 after the Eagles traded Zach Ertz away. He had 830 receiving yards and four touchdowns last season.

Richard Rogers is the most experienced tight end behind Goedert. He entered the league in 2014 with the Packers and spent the last four years with the Eagles. His best season was in 2020 when he caught 24 passes for 345 yards.

The Eagles also have several tight ends that spent time on the Eagles’ practice squad in 2021 with limited game action. These include Jack Stoll, Tyree Jackson, and Noah Togiai. A name to keep an eye on is J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Arcega-Whiteside was drafted in 2019 as a wide receiver. He only had two catches for 39 yards in 2021, but recently switched to tight end to increase his chances of staying with the team.

In Conclusion

Grant Calcaterra will not be starting tight end or even the backup for the Eagles in 2022 but has a shot of being one of the reserve players. He will have to show his value as a pass-catching tight end and improve upon his blocking abilities. Calcaterra is an intriguing prospect that should be fun to watch during the preseason battle for the Eagles’ final roster spots.

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