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Training Camp Position Preview: Tight End

Dallas Goedert

There are seven tight ends on the roster as the Eagles head to Training Camp, so practice reps will be valued and very much at a premium. Dallas Goedert leads the way as he enters his sixth season in Philadelphia, while Jack Stoll is in his third year with the team. Grant Calcaterra looks to make the leap from rookie campaign to season No. 2 and Tyree Jackson is healthy and hoping to put it all together in his third season here. The Eagles added seventh-year veteran Dan Arnold (95 receptions, 1,258 yards, 7 TDs, 59 career games) late in free agency and also will take a long look at Dalton Keene, a third-round draft pick by New England in 2020 who has also been on Denver's practice squad and on the practice squad with the Eagles last season, and rookie Brady Russell, who signed with the Eagles after the 2023 NFL Draft. – Dave Spadaro

Did You Know?

• Dallas Goedert caught a team-best 16 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' 2022 postseason three games.

• Jack Stoll was the only undrafted player to make the 53-man roster in 2021 and in 2022 he had a career-high 574 offensive snaps (11 receptions, 123 yards).

• In 15 games (two starts) as a rookie, Grant Calcaterra caught 5 passes for 81 yards, including a 40-yard gain on his first NFL reception.

• Tyree Jackson is fully recovered from a knee injury suffered as a rookie that limited him to five games in the 2022 campaign.

Check out the tight ends on the Eagles' roster heading into Training Camp, presented by Independence Blue Cross. Players are listed in numerical order.

What Does the Tape Show?

It was very apparent early in his career, but Dallas Goedert has a truly unique skill set that makes him one of the top two or three all-around tight ends in football. A high-level athlete who can create space for himself before and after the catch while also being an outstanding blocker? That is not a common occurrence. Goedert fits into this offense like a glove, with his versatility making him a truly valuable weapon for Jalen Hurts and the Eagles' pass game while also being a plus factor in the rushing attack. That combination is hard to find. – Fran Duffy

New to the Nest

• Dan Arnold – Arnold is entering his sixth NFL season having previously played for the Saints, Cardinals, Panthers, and Jaguars. In 59 games, Arnold has 95 receptions for 1,258 yards and seven touchdowns. He played in all 19 regular-season and playoff games for the Jaguars last season and his longest catch of the year (26 yards) came against the Eagles. In 2020, Arnold led all NFL tight ends in yards per catch (14.1).

• Brady Russell – A rookie free agent out of Colorado, Russell amassed 78 catches for 799 yards and three touchdowns in 49 career games with the Buffaloes. Russell' uncle Matt is the Eagles' senior personnel director/advisor to the general manager. – Chris McPherson

Key Stats

27 – Despite missing five games last fall, Goedert still managed to finish third in the NFL with 27 explosive pass plays (15-plus yards) during the regular season in 2022. He did all of that while playing in an offense alongside a pair of 1,100-yard receivers and a 1,200-yard rusher.

10.5 – Not only did backup tight end Jack Stoll make an impact as a reserve behind Goedert, but he also factored into the offense in Goedert's absence as well. By the time the season had come to a close, Stoll was one of just four tight ends in football to log more than 370 run-blocking snaps while also averaging over 10.5 yards per reception (San Francisco's George Kittle, Chicago's Cole Kmet, and Goedert were the others).

They Said It

"Me being the competitor I am, the person I am, I want to be the best, to make All-Pro. To be a Pro Bowler would be everything you dream of as a kid. But I don't put that stress on me or anything. I care about the success of the team more than my individual success. Whatever it takes to help the team win games, that's what I'm going to do. If I get praised for it, that's good. If not, you know, we'll just keep winning games because that's more fun than anything." – Dallas Goedert

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