Caleb Wilson
Wilson during his time at UCLA, 2018
Free agent
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1996-07-15) July 15, 1996 (age 25)
Dallas, Texas
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Junípero Serra (Gardena, California)
College:UCLA
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 7 / Pick: 254
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Caleb Brandon Wilson (born July 15, 1996) is an American football tight end who is a free agent. He played college football at UCLA and was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the final pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, making him that draft's Mr. Irrelevant. He has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

College career

Wilson originally committed to play football at Old Dominion as a quarterback, but later joined USC as a walk-on tight end so he could play for his father, and took a redshirt year.[1][2] After his redshirt year during which his father was fired, Wilson transferred to UCLA.[3] Wilson played in all 12 games during his first year. In the season opener in his second year in 2017, Wilson had 15 receptions for 203 yards to help lead the Bruins to a school-record 34-point comeback in a 45–44 win over Texas A&M.[4] His season ended prematurely after five starts when he injured his foot against Colorado.[5]

As a junior in 2018, Wilson had a season-high 184 yards in the season finale against Stanford,[6] and finished the year with UCLA single-season records for a tight end with 60 receptions and 965 receiving yards.[7] He led all tight ends in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision in receptions per game (5.0), receiving yards per game (80.4) and receiving yards.[7] Wilson was voted a second-team All-American by Sporting News,[8] and was named first-team All-Pac-12, the only first-team selection for the Bruins, who finished the season with a 3–9 record.[6] On December 6, 2018, Wilson announced that he would forgo his final year of eligibility to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.[9]

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals

Wilson was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the seventh round (254th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft, earning him the title Mr. Irrelevant as the final pick in the draft.[10] He was waived on August 31, 2019,[11] but the Cardinals re-signed him to their practice squad the next day.

Washington Redskins

On December 13, 2019, Wilson was signed off the Cardinals' practice squad to the active roster of the Washington Redskins.[12][13] He was waived on August 3, 2020.[14]

Philadelphia Eagles

Wilson was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Eagles on August 4, 2020.[15] He was waived on September 4, 2020, and re-signed to the practice squad two days later.[16] He was elevated to the active roster on November 14, November 21, and November 30 for the team's weeks 10, 11, and 12 games against the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, and Seattle Seahawks, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[17][18][19] He was signed to the active roster on December 26, 2020.[20] He was waived on August 14, 2021.[21]

Washington Football Team

Wilson was claimed off waivers by the Washington Football Team on August 15, 2021.[22]

Personal life

Wilson is the son of Chris Wilson, who was selected by the Chicago Bears in the 12th round of the 1992 NFL Draft. Chris was also a member of the USC coaching staff while Caleb was a player.[23]

References

  1. ^ Minium, Harry (January 6, 2015). "California quarterback commits to play for Monarchs". The Virginia Pilot. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  2. ^ Thiry, Lindsey (February 3, 2015). "Gardena Serra's Caleb Wilson to join father at USC". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Zucker, Joseph (March 2, 2016). "Caleb Wilson to UCLA: Latest Details on TE's Transfer from USC". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Josh Rosen leads UCLA to biggest FBS comeback since 2006". ESPN. Associated Press. September 3, 2017. Archived from the original on September 4, 2017.
  5. ^ McGuire, Kevin (October 2, 2017). "UCLA TE Caleb Wilson heading to season-ending foot surgery". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Nguyen, Thuc Nhi (December 4, 2018). "Caleb Wilson represents UCLA as only All-Pac-12 first-team selection". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Bolch, Ben (December 6, 2018). "UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson announces he's headed to the NFL". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Bender, Bill (December 12, 2018). "Sporting News 2018 college football All-Americans". Sporting News. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  9. ^ Nguyen, Thuc Nhi (December 6, 2018). "UCLA tight end Caleb Wilson declares for NFL draft". LA Daily News. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Gordon, Grant (April 27, 2019). "TE Caleb Wilson goes to Cardinals as 'Mr. Irrelevant'". NFL.com.
  11. ^ Odegard, Kyle (August 31, 2019). "After Cuts, Cardinals Arrive At Initial Roster". AZCardinals.com.
  12. ^ "Redskins Place OLB Ryan Kerrigan On Injured Reserve; Sign TE Caleb Wilson". Redskins.com. December 13, 2019. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "TE Caleb Wilson signed by Redskins off Cardinals practice squad". Arizona Sports. December 13, 2019. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  14. ^ Hailey, Peter. "Washington Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons Is Opting Out of the 2020 NFL Season". NBC4 Washington. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  15. ^ McPherson, Chris (August 4, 2020). "Eagles claim TE Caleb Wilson; place Brandon Brooks on Active/PUP list". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  16. ^ Alper, Josh (September 4, 2020). "Eagles release T.Y. McGill, waive three others". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  17. ^ McPherson, Chris (November 14, 2020). "Eagles elevate CB Michael Jacquet, DT T.Y. McGill, and TE Caleb Wilson for Sunday's game". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  18. ^ McPherson, Chris (November 21, 2020). "Eagles elevate four players ahead of Sunday's game". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  19. ^ McPherson, Chris (November 30, 2020). "Eagles announce three roster moves ahead of kickoff". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  20. ^ Spadaro, Dave (December 26, 2020). "A six-pack sample: DeSean Jackson is active; what does it mean?". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  21. ^ Philadelphia Eagles (August 14, 2021). "Training Camp Practice". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  22. ^ Erby, Glenn (August 15, 2021). "Former Eagles TE Caleb Wilson claimed off waivers by Washington". USAToday.com. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  23. ^ Hammond, Rich (December 6, 2015). "USC fires four assistant football coaches, including defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox". Orange County Register. Retrieved May 3, 2018.