Philadelphia Eagles training camp has been abuzz about quarterback-turned-tight end Tyree Jackson and his potential to be a hidden gem for head coach Nick Sirianni and his offense.
The former University of Buffalo signal-caller got his first taste of preseason action against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday and showed glimpses of his ability in the exhibition.
The Eagles’ coaching really wanted to work Jackson out on Thursday as he got the most snaps of all the available Philly tight ends, logging 20 on offense and two on special teams. As far as receiving goes, he caught two passes for 32 yards in the final two minutes of the first half.
Jackson is being compared to Washington Football Team QB-turned-TE Logan Thomas and for good reason. At 6’7”, 249 pounds with impressive quickness, he is a big, versatile target that could be a boon for Eagles quarterbacks moving forward. I’d imagine he’ll continue to get more work and reps as the preseason moves forward and he still has the likes of Richard Rodgers and Jack Stoll to contend with on the depth chart. But the likelihood of him making the final 53-man roster increases with each passing week.
#Eagles TE Tyree Jackson caught two passes for 32 yards during a 2-minute drill to close out the 1st half.— Steve Frederick (@SteveFrederick_) August 13, 2021
Jackson has turned heads so far in training camp.
6'7", 249lbs, 4.59 40, 34.5" Vert
His closest TE athletic comparison is Logan Thomas, another QB-TE convert. pic.twitter.com/NoBrudcktB
Should he make the final cut in time for Week 1 of the regular season, he’ll still be solidly behind Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert on the depth chart to begin the year. But with Goedert becoming an unrestricted free agent next season, you could see the number of reps for Jackson increasing down the stretch, making him someone to keep in mind for the waiver wires and re-drafts in season-long leagues.