It’s been a busy day for the Eagles. In addition to signing defensive tackle Kobe Smith, the team also agreed to terms with tight end Jaeden Graham following a workout.
In order to make room for Graham, Philadelphia released defensive tackle Noah Elliss with a non-football injury and waived wide receiver Josh Hammond.
With the addition of Smith, Ellis became expendable, while Hammond’s time with the Eagles was extremely short-lived after having been claimed last week following his waiving by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Can Graham Show Enough To Stick With The Birds?
Unlike Smith, Graham brings with him NFL experience. After going undrafted out of Yale in 2018, Graham signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Since that time, he’s put up 174 receiving yards and a touchdown on 12 receptions over 32 games.
The towering 6-foot, 4-inch Graham missed last season due to a knee injury. Graham could be temporarily taking the place of Tyree Jackson, who is expected to start training camp on PUP while still recovering from last season’s ACL tear.
Graham played a significant amount of time on special teams with Atlanta (he was second in the team’s ST snaps with 309 in 2019). If the Eagles are looking for a depth TE who could contribute in that area, he could be worth a look.
Graham is now the eighth tight end on the Eagles’ roster, a group that also features starter Dallas Goedert, Grant Calcaterra, Jack Stoll, Richard Rodgers, Noah Togiai, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.