The Eagles are going to need their second-year players to step up in a big way in 2021, and most of them should expect considerable playing time.
We still don’t know whether Howie Roseman and co. are going to bring in a quarterback(s) to compete for the starting role, either in free agency or in the draft, or whether Jalen Hurts is the presumed QB1, but that hasn’t stopped the 2nd year QB from getting in some offseason work already with the team’s young receivers. Neither Jalen Reagor, nor John Hightower was particularly great in their rookie seasons, but they weren’t incredible liabilities when on the field, either.
Heading into the 2020 season, I was pretty excited about K’Von Wallace, and I still think that the safety has what it takes to play next to Rodney McLeod — which could happen sooner rather than later depending on what the Eagles decide to do about impending free agent Jalen Mills.
But the player I think will make the biggest leap in Year 2 of their career is Jack Driscoll. Thanks to more than a few injuries along the Eagles’ offensive line in 2020, the OT got a lot of invaluable snaps during his rookie season. Driscoll did fight through some injuries of his own, but he’s young and should be fine moving forward. Doug Pederson often lauded Driscoll’s ability to study and constantly improve, and with a full offseason and more familiarity in and around the league, I expect him to be a key piece in the offensive line picture.
Which 2020 draft pick will make the biggest leap in Year 2?
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