6 Sub-radar Philadelphia Eagles who could have breakout seasons in 2021

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Tyree Jackson (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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Here are a few more pieces that could help the Philadelphia Eagles.

Tyree Jackson, tight end

Expectations should be lowered for Tyree Jackson in 2021. In early January, the Birds signed the now-former quarterback to a futures contract with the intention of making him a tight end. He’ll be following in the footsteps of Washington Football Team tight end Logan Thomas, who also entered the league as a quarterback. This past year, Thomas had his most productive season to date with 72 catches, 670 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. He switched his position in 2016 so it took plenty of time to adjust.

Jackson might not light the world on fire, but if all goes according to plan, he could improve as the year progresses and becomes a solid weapon. Like Thomas, Jackson has the size for the position (he’s six-foot-seven and 245 pounds). In terms of athleticism, Jackson and Thomas had similar combine numbers. Both can run well for their size, so the possibility of Jackson bulldozing defenders is exciting to think about.

Luke Juriga, center

Those who follow ITI closely know that we have higher expectations for Luke Juriga than most. If Jason Kelce retires, we believe that Luke Juriga deserves a fair shot to compete in camp for the job. Owner Jeffrey Lurie hinted at the 2021 season being a transition year in recent press conferences. If that’s the case, it’s the perfect time to give Juriga a chance to showcase his talent.

Like Kelce, Juriga didn’t get many looks during the draft process because of the small frame. Sure, he isn’t the tallest or biggest guy and he might have short arms, but he has the fundamentals down. The hand placement and footwork are both there. The football IQ is there. Juriga might be the next man up. Don’t be surprised if he is the Nate Herbig of the 2021 season.