3 Eagles Players Who Have a Make-or-Break 2020 Season Ahead

By michael obermuller
This fan base is tough on their players, and the guys on this list are no exception.
This fan base is tough on their players, and the guys on this list are no exception. / Hunter Martin/Getty Images
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Considering the amount of key injuries last season, making it to the playoffs seems like quite an accomplishment for the Philadelphia Eagles. They still managed to beat the Dallas Cowboys out for the NFC East title, and they might have even beaten the Seattle Seahawks in the first round if Carson Wentz had not gone down mid-game.

Still, this is a recent Super Bowl champion franchise who would like to win again before their window closes. To do so, they need their high-cap players to remain on the field, which has been the biggest issue for the Eagles since hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in 2018. These three players have to prove they can still be a positive factor in 2020.

3. Carson Wentz, QB

Wentz must remain healthy in 2020.
Wentz must remain healthy in 2020. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

No disrespect to Carson Wentz, who really put this injured squad on his back last season and carried them to the playoffs, but this man still has something to prove to this fan base. He has to show he can play a full season without missing time. Even last year he left the Wildcard Round and handed the ball to Josh McCown. Look around the league at the quarterback greats, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers or even division rival Dak Prescott. These guys are durable, and they know how to avoid taking a major hit. Wentz has not learned that art yet, and he needs to, because he is not durable. Until Carson lifts the Lombardi himself, I'm not sure if he'll ever truly have the full respect of the die-hard Eagles fan, but the first step to winning them over is making it there.

2. Alshon Jeffery, WR

Returning from injury at age 30, have we already seen the best of Alshon Jeffery?
Returning from injury at age 30, have we already seen the best of Alshon Jeffery? / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Alshon Jeffery was a huge part of the Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, so I think fans may cut him a little more slack than some other players, but Jeffery has had injury issues his whole career. Out of his eight years in the league, Jeffery has only played three full seasons, and only one clean campaign with the Eagles. 2019 was his worst by far in Philly, with only 490 yards in 10 games, ending the season on the injured reserve. Jeffery is a monster cap hit the next two years, if the Eagles are going anywhere they will need him to play to his contract.

1. DeSean Jackson, WR

DeSean Jackson will look to bounce back in the second year of his return to Philadelphia.
DeSean Jackson will look to bounce back in the second year of his return to Philadelphia. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

DeSean Jackson signed a three-year deal to return to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019, with an average of $9.3 million per season. The former beloved wide receiver was not as much of a fan favorite in 2019, as he only played in three games and topped out at 159 yards. "D-Jax" is not the player he once was, but he still can be a deep-ball threat and a decent option for Wentz if healthy. Unfortunately, the common theme of the Eagles has been anything but in recent seasons.


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