Nick Sirianni hints at an increased role for Tyree Jackson
After the trade of Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert has officially been labeled as the Philadelphia Eagles’ number one tight end. However, following the move, Eagles GM Howie Roseman had some high praise of Tyree Jackson. Jackson is a 6-7, 249-pound tight end that was formerly a quarterback but impressed at training camp, earning himself a roster spot even after fracturing his back.
This past Sunday, Tyree Jackson made his NFL debut, taking 14 offensive snaps during the Eagles’ 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Twelve of Jackson’s 14 offensive snaps came as a run-blocker, and he was also featured on special teams. Nick Sirianni even had Tyree Jackson lined up in the slot on a third down in the red zone, but the Chargers called a timeout. Following the game, Sirianni said that he believes their weird formation and Jackson’s presence was the reason for the timeout.
“I just know it from being on headsets for a long time,” Sirianni said. “You throw two tight ends out there, you don’t see the back come off, you think that probably thought, hey, they got 12-personnel in, and it was — we really were in 0-2 personnel. And so, that was probably the confusion right there.”
Nick Sirianni loves his tight ends and 13 personnel, and he even hinted at using Tyree Jackson more in the coming weeks.
“Again, we did some things out of 13-personnel that game,” Sirianni said. “And so, that gave us an opportunity to play all three of the tight ends with Jack (Stoll), and Dallas (Goedert), and Tyree. Jack’s coming along nice. And so, we still want to continue to get him reps.
“But with Tyree, again, that’s something that we have that a lot of teams don’t know what Tyree is or what he can do. So, we’ll keep that close to our vest.”
The Eagles head to Denver to play the Broncos on Sunday, so we will have to see if there will continue to be an increase in Tyree Jackson’s snaps. With the run game continuing to be heavily used, it’s likely that the Eagles will often be in a 12 formation, lining up the opportunity for Jackson to make a name for himself.
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