All you need to know about new Eagles TE Grant Calcaterra

DALLAS, TX – November 13: SMU Mustangs tight end Grant Calcaterra (#88) runs into the end zone for a touchdown during the college football game between the SMU Mustangs and UCF Golden Knights on November 13, 2021, at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles drafted TE Grant Calcaterra with their final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. Here’s all you need to know.

Grant Calcaterra is a true receiving tight end with a relative athletic score of 8.5, which should come as no surprise.

He’s a little older at 23-years-old and actually provisionally retired from football due to concussion issues, having previously been playing for Oklahoma and drawing plenty of eyes due to some big-time catches to help QB’s Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield.

He received medical clearance in 2020 and joined SMU to reunite with teammate Tanner Mordecai. He ended the 2021 season with 12 starts, 465 yards, and 4 touchdowns.

At 6’4 241 lbs, Calcaterra moves like a wide receiver and can clearly cause havoc over the middle. He isn’t a blocking tight end by any means, but a player who earned second-team All-AAC honors in 2021 which is crazy considering he medically retired two years beforehand.

Calcaterra will join a youthful TE room behind Dallas Goedert and will look to compete with Jack Stoll and Tyree Jackson for a spot on the depth chart. The Eagles need some long-term stability at TE2 behind Goedert, so why not take a shot on a receiving-TE who many are overlooking due to injury concerns, in the same way Nakobe Dean once was…

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