2021 Dynasty/Fantasy Preseason Wk1 Game Analysis: Steelers 24, Eagles 16 (Subscriber Extra)
*See the usual game recap/notes/commentary on the FFM homepage. This next part is for subscribers, some deeper thoughts and sneaky sleepers I want you to know first before the general pop…
Just one thing/topic from this game I wanted to expand on…the Eagles’ tight ends:
1) Folks, Tyree Jackson is a future TE star…it looks like to me.
I saw Darren Waller coming before it was fashionable. I am always looking at these TE-converts to see if they look ‘natural’. I’ve seen some of these guys try and convert to TE and look either too unathletic/slow, or just unnatural in movement/trying to run routes/catch the ball.
Just watching the Washington preseason (game and camp tape), Logan Thomas looks like Darren Waller does, very natural and smooth now. He’s fully converted. While on the other hand, Washington rookie Sammis Reyes is converting from basketball-to-TE, and he looks half-lost. The Eagles WR-turned-TE-hopeful Hakeem Butler doesn’t look natural at all in his two-year conversion now.
Tyree Jackson looked the part in an instant, in his first real live TE debut here against the Steelers.
We’ve been noting Tyree Jackson’s conversion for a year now, but we’d never seen him actually playing the position in live games. We have now, and it was terrific, very promising. Believe he is the next thing to emerge among the converting-to-TE ranks. But that might take 1-2+ years more given the roadblocks in Philly, but he looks kinda ready to be a passing game weapon right now. But Nick Sirianni is a moron, so who knows. Just know – Tyree looks terrific.
This highlight clip is of Joe Flacco, but it opens up to several throws to #80…watch the throws/catches by #80 from 1:22 on (it’s only 10-20 seconds of quick hit highlights).
2) If Tyree Jackson is flashing signs of the next big TE convert, a possible Waller-Logan Thomas type star -- then that’s BAD NEWS for Dallas Goedert.
Some of us have been waiting for many years for Goedert to be rid of Zach Ertz, so Dallas could be the higher-end TE1 that we all knew he should have been by now. Well, not only does Goedert still have Ertz hanging around (for now)…but he also now has stud TE-convert Tyree Jackson to deal with. Goedert can’t win for losing.
Between Ertz lingering…Tyree emerging…and Jalen Hurts not a pick-one-guy-and-wear-him-out type of thrower…and that Tyree fits Hurts’s game more than Goedert – I am pretty much done with any higher expectations of Goedert. As soon as Ertz is traded/cut, Goedert’s value will spike…and I think that’s a time to sell, to use him to move into other TEs that I like.
Goedert has been on my nerves all year…waiting for this magical moment he’ll have once Ertz is gone (but Ertz refuses to be gone!!). Now, Goedert is on my nerves for getting in the way of my new love…Tyree Jackson.
3) If Goedert is staying in Philly this year (obviously), and if Tyree is for real…then Ertz has to be gone soon, no? Either someone steps up in trade (BUF) or the Eagles just pull the plug and release him, because they’ll get better compensation in the compensatory draft picks accounting when Ertz then signs in Indy (I assume).
The Eagles save $5M cutting Ertz, and they can then run with Goedert-Rodgers-Tyree…the best/deepest TE group maybe in football.
Ertz is the past, but now Tyree Jackson may be the future.
It’s also not out of the question that the Eagles trade Goedert (an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year and will want a major deal) and run with Ertz (because they are stuck, and Tyree is seen as the future…at a much nicer cost).
I don’t know what will happen, but I want ALL THE Tyree Jackson. I get excited about players to varying degrees -- this Jackson uprising that I saw in this game...I would almost guarantee he’s the next big thing at tight end, and will be the best revelation of the 2021 preseason (that has barely started). I’m not just saying, “Hey, he’s good” -- this is a star in the making. How long that takes...it may be a painful wait because of the Eagles' TE logjam.