5 Eagles that we fear are veering toward bust territory

We believe in everyone on this list, but good gracious alive! We're nervous!

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Grant Calcaterra, tight end

When the Eagles added Grant Calcaterra, we saw a nice story, and we always root for the nice story so we can write about it. A former collegiate teammate of Jalen Hurts' (Oklahoma), he retired because of head injuries but returned to finish his NCAA career on a high note (SMU).

Philly drafted Calcaterra in Round 6 of the 2022 NFL Draft, but some scouts thought he'd be taken higher if not for the head injuries. Whether for lack of opportunities or just being seated behind great talent, he hasn't produced much for the Eagles' offense. This was exciting, but there may not be much here.

Maybe calling him a bust is a stretch though. Oh well... We're throwing him on. the list for now.

Tarron Jackson, defensive end

How much should we have expected from Tarron Jackson? Seriously, he was a sixth-round choice in 2021, the 191st player taken in that year's NFL Draft. We have already expressed that anything we get from those guys is a bonus, but the former Coastal Carolina Chanticleer has been what we call 'hustling backward'.

He appeared in all 17 games as a rookie, registering 18 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble. That whet our appetite, but yeah, he's headed in the wrong direction.

Since his rookie campaign, he's been cut and a constant on the practice squad. He has only appeared in four more games since year one (all were in 2022). He hasn't registered a single stat. He's tumbled down the depth chart and off of it.

As is the case with Calcaterra, maybe 'bust' is an unfair term, but 'disappointment' most certainly qualifies, even if he's only been slightly so. We thought Philly had something here, but he seems to have fizzled quickly.

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