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Eagles options after Dallas Goedert’s shoulder injury

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Not only did the Eagles lose their first game Monday night, they also lost one of their best players, at least for a while.

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Star tight end Dallas Godert injured his shoulder and He will miss several weeksleaving the Eagles with a huge void in the tight end position.

There are not many players more important to the success of the Eagles’ attack than Goedert. Nick Sirianni always talks about how the passing offense is done by three players: Goedert, AJ Brown, and DeVonta Smith. So receivers will need to pick up some slack in the passing game.

But there are still tight ends in the field and the Eagles may need to take the committee’s approach.

This is what the Eagles have after Goedert:

Jack Stoll (6-4, 247)

Stoll, 24, is in his second season in the NFL after joining the Eagles as a rookie from Nebraska in 2021. He started his rookie season as the No. 3 tight end for the Eagles, but climbed to No. 2 in mid-October when Zach Ertz was traded to Arizona State. He did well last season to keep his No. 2 job going into the 2022 season.

Through nine games this season, Stoll has played very little. He’s played 244 of 618 offensive snaps this season, which means he’s been quietly involved in 40% of the Eagles’ offensive hitting. But he’s still likely to see a huge jump. Goedert has played 88% of the Eagles’ offensive runs this season.

As a junior, Stoll only caught 4 passes for 22 yards. This season, it’s not like Stoll has switched to Tony Gonzalez but he’s looked better in the passing game. Through 9 games, Stoll has 4 catches for 49 yards and most of those have come in the past month. He had 21 yards against the Cowboys, 13 yards against the Texans and 11 yards on Monday Night. So at least the Eagles got him a little more involved in the passing game.

Stoll is famous for his blocking, which is why he was able to make the list as a UDFA a year ago. He’s not as good a blocker as Goedert, but he’s very strong and is growing as a receiver. Based on PFF rankings, Goedert is the No. 4 tight end in the NFL. Stoll is 56 years old.

Grant Calcaterra (6-4, 240)

The 23-year-old rookie sixth-round pick from SMU has been the Eagles’ third-string tight end since Week 3, but he hasn’t seen much action. Through nine games, Calcaterra has taken 71 snaps (12%), most of which go into the field when the Eagles move into their 13-man pack as an extra blocker in a running game.

Calcaterra is improving as a blocker but that is clearly not his strength. He is akin to “the move” because of his ability as a receiver. We haven’t seen that yet in the NFL. But Calcaterra’s only NFL catch went for 40 yards in his debut. Since then, he hasn’t seen a score, but he did start as the Eagles opened the Arizona game with 13 hits.

In college, first at Oklahoma and then at SMU, Calcaterra was known for his ability to catch football. As a senior at SMU in 2021, he caught 38 passes for 465 yards and 4 touchdowns. Calcaterra briefly walked away from football after the 2019 season for fear of multiple brain injuries, but returned to the field last season. Some believe that a previous concern about concussions was the reason he was still available when the Eagles drafted him with the 198th overall pick.

Terry Jackson (6-7, 249)

The former University of Buffalo quarterback made a nice transition to NFL tight end. But that progress was halted at the end of the regular season last season when Jackson tore his ACL. He has since been in rehab and started this season on the Reserve/PUP list. But the Eagles activated their 21-day training window on Oct. 26, so he’s been back on the field for a few weeks already. The Eagles now have the option to activate him in their active roster if they choose to go that route.

After Ertz’s deal last season, Jackson became the Eagles’ eventual third baseman for the last nine games of the 2021 season. The Eagles were excited to see him in this role and Jackson played 171 snaps and started three games. While he was targeted seven times last year, he didn’t get his first catch until the stale finale of the regular season. In that game against the Cowboys, Jackson caught 3 of 5 targets for 22 yards and a touchdown before suffering a torn ACL.

We don’t have much to go on with Jackson, but he was great last training camp, especially when you consider that this guy just moved from QB to TE just eight months ago. Jackson turned heads at training camp for 2021 enough to think there was something out there. Unfortunately, he broke his back in that training camp and missed half of the season. He then suffered an ACL tear in the final game of the 2021 regular season. But now he might have some chance again.

Noah Tojiay (6-4, 244)

While Togiai has been on the Eagles’ coaching staff, the Eagles clearly love him. Because in the first two games of the season, he was promoted to TE3 behind Goedert and Stoll. That was clear before the Eagles thought Calcaterra was ready. In those two games, Togiai didn’t play much, only catching 12 snaps on offense and 11 on special teams.

In his three-year NFL career, the former UDFA out of Oregon State played in 7 games with the Colts & Eagles and was hit only twice without making a catch. The Eagles initially signed Togiai as a UDFA but when they released him on final cuts in 2020, the Colts invited him. After the Colts released Togiai after 2021 training camp, the Eagles brought him back to their practice squad.

In his career at Oregon State, Togiai caught 102 passes for 1,048 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his senior season, he had a 44/406/3.

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