Chip Kelly is a lover of tight ends. Since joining the Eagles as head coach, Kelly has put a premium on the position. With Brent Celek and Clay Harbor already on the roster, the Eagles grabbed James Casey in free agency and Zach Ertz in the draft. The jam-packed tight end group also features rookie Will Shaw and Brandon Lee Gowton's favorite player Derek Carrier.
Carrier is a product of Beloit College, which is in Beloit, Wisconsin. At 6-foot-4 and 241-pounds, Carrier can play at multiple positions. He played wide receiver and tight end at Beloit and set several receiving records for the school. In his four seasons with the Buccaneers, Carrier collected 189 receptions for 3,111 yards and 29 touchdowns. He was an All-Midwest Conference honoree twice and set a school records with 75 receptions for 1,250 yards as a senior.
The Division III pass catcher went undrafted last April but signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders. He was let go by the Raiders during final cuts but was signed to the Eagles' practice squad during the season. While he may be a long-shot to make the final roster, Carrier could benefit from the uncertainty at the wide receiver position. Kelly may have to rely more heavily on tight ends this season and Carrier's versatility may make him a worthy of a roster spot.
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