Philadelphia Eagles: Every unit’s potential boom or bust player

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Carson Wentz #11 and Josh Perkins #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Carson Wentz #11 and Josh Perkins #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

. player. 54. . . . Wide receiver: DeSean Jackson

Hold up. We still aren’t talking about those Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers, are we?

By now, you should have long given up on any idea that trading or releasing Alshon Jeffery is going to happen. Once he’s healthy, he’s going to be around. Regardless of whether you think Philly did enough to trade up to get CeeDee Lamb or whether or not you believe Justin Jefferson was the better move than Jalen Reagor, the “Birds” struck gold with the former TCU Horned Frog.

He can play both inside and outside, and he can contribute on special teams. It should be a nice season for the rookie, but nothing says “boom or bust” like the name DeSean Jackson. If he’s healthy, he’s the league’s best deep threat. You saw what he did in Week 1 versus the Washington Redskins, but you can’t mention that without talking about the injuries. “D-Jax” hasn’t played a full NFL season since the last time he was in Philadelphia.

54. . . . Tight ends: Josh Perkins. . player

Part of what made the Eagles so explosive in 2017 was the fact that their third tight end was good enough to be the number-one guy on many of the NFL’s other rosters. They really haven’t had that since Trey Burton left. It hasn’t been a major area of concern. They drafted Dallas Goedert in the second round of 2020’s draft, and since then, he’s evolved into a top-ten tight end.

We already know how good Zach Ertz is. He’s a top-five guy at the position. Both should have productive seasons in 2020. The guy that we believe will become the third guy on the depth chart is Joshua Perkins. If he has a Trey Burton type of season, that probably means the Eagles offense is cooking. What’s very encouraging is the fact that he’s very capable of being very good.