Eagles claim tight end Caleb Wilson, the son of former DL coach


The Eagles have claimed tight end Caleb Wilson, the son of former defensive line coach Chris Wilson, who was with the Eagles from 2016-18. 

Wilson, 24, was waived by the Washington Football Team on Monday. 

The Eagles also placed Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks on Active/PUP list Tuesday. Brooks tore his Achilles last month and is rehabbing. He’ll get the boot off his foot next week. 

Brooks is obviously unlikely to play this season and the Eagles brought back Jason Peters to fill in for him at right guard. 

The Cardinals drafted Wilson out of UCLA with the very last pick (No. 254) of the 2019 NFL Draft, making him Mr. Irrelevant 2019. He didn’t make the Cardinals’ roster in 2019 but spent most of last season on their practice squad. 

Wilson (6-4, 240) was signed to Washington’s active roster last December but he didn’t play in any games for them. He was with the team until he was waived on Monday. 

During his three years at UCLA, Wilson put up some really solid numbers. As a junior in 2018, he caught 60 passes for 965 yards and 4 touchdowns. That was also his father’s last year with the Eagles, so it’s safe to say the Eagles were well aware of him back then. Chris Wilson is now the DL coach at the University of Colorado. 

At the 2018 combine, Caleb Wilson ran an impressive 4.56 time in the 40-yard dash. 

Here’s what TheDraftNetwork’s Joe Marino wrote about Wilson as a prospect two years ago: 


“Wilson has been a productive middle of the field receiver for UCLA across the last two seasons but projecting him to do the same at the next level is challenging given his restrictions. While he ran an excellent 40-yard dash time at the Combine, his overall athletic profile is disappointing. That, combined with inconsistent effort, leads to lazy routes that lack the separation quickness to get open at the next level. His effort and functional strength also miss the mark as a blocker. Wilson has low level TE2 upside, likely used in a flex role in sub packages.”

With the Eagles, Wilson will actually have a decent shot to make the roster. While Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are obviously locks for the 53-man roster, there are just two other tight ends on the roster: Josh Perkins and rookie Noah Togiai. 

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