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Training Camp Position Preview: Tight End 

Dallas Goedert
Dallas Goedert

The Eagles will enter Training Camp with six tight ends on the roster in a room that will be led once again by Dallas Goedert. Goedert, entering his seventh season, is coming off of a season in which he recorded career highs in receptions (59) and snaps (809) despite missing three games with an injury. His ability to stretch the field has made him a threat in the offense, as well as a solid blocker with great size and strength in the running game.

The Eagles retained and added a plethora of depth behind Goedert, signing C.J. Uzomah and undrafted free agent McCallan Castles. Grant Calcaterra is set to enter Year 3 with the team after appearing in 118 offensive snaps and a career-high 155 special team snaps in 2023. Calcaterra averaged 9.8 yards per catch on four receptions for 39 yards, and brings athleticism at 6-foot-4, 240-pounds.

Albert Okwuegbunam was signed to a one-year contract in February after coming to the team from Denver in August of 2023. At 6-foot-5, 258-pounds, Okwuegbunam has the size and ability to be an option and provide depth entering Year 2 with the Eagles. E.J. Jenkins and McCallan Castles are young and hungry players that will be looking to try and show their potential and earn a roster spot in Training Camp.

Veteran C.J. Uzomah was signed to a one-year deal after seeing time in 12 games with the New York Jets in 2023. Uzomah will provide a great deal of experience to a relatively young tight end room upon entering his 10th season. The 31-year-old will give the Eagles another strong blocker that can help aid the running and passing game.

New to the Nest: Rookie McCallan Castles tallied 22 receptions for 283 yards and five touchdowns in one season at Tennessee. E.J. Jenkins returned to the Eagles on a futures contract after spending time on the Raiders practice squad. C.J. Uzomah totaled 29 receptions for 290 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Jets.

Bird Talk: "I really wanted to come to a place, where in my heart, I have a feeling that we have a great chance to win a Super Bowl this year.

"It's the culture, the fans, and everything about this team and organization that I have observed as a bystander over the years." - tight end C.J. Uzomah

Notable Stat: Dallas Goedert became the first Eagles tight end to record at least 115 receiving yards and a touchdown since Keith Jackson in 1989. Goedert recorded 117 yards and one touchdown against the Rams in October of 2023. Since entering the league in 2018, Goedert has had five games of 100 yards receiving or more.

Under the Microscope: Goedert will continue to be the primary playmaker at the position coming into the new year healthy, but the Eagles have provided him with depth to help reduce the wear and tear of the 17-game season. How much will new addition Uzomah see the field, and will it be primarily as a blocker? Calcaterra, Okwuegbunam, and Uzomah will be an interesting group to watch as Training Camp begins to see who fits in as the backup to Goedert, and how much will the offense go 12 personnel? – Written by Liam Wichser

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