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Eagles Fans Too High On Jeffery?

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It’s wait and see with Alshon Jeffery

The Philadelphia Eagles have lacked a true number one receiver since the departure of DeSean Jackson. What Jackson also brought to the team was his remarkable ability to return punts and change a game in a matter of seconds. New York Giants’ fans know what I’m talking about. Alshon Jeffery, for this reason, is a godsend to Eagles fans.

He supplies quarterback Carson Wentz with a weapon that’s going to force opposing defenses to be honest. In addition to Jeffery’s six-foot-three frame and a pair of hefty hands, he is a physical receiver that’s tough to bring down. His presence on the field can assist other receivers on the team because defenses will have extra focus on him.

Jeffery has produced some exceptional seasons

Via ESPN, Jeffery’s most productive seasons during his tenure with the Chicago Bears came in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014. Jeffery had 89 receptions, 1,421 receiving yards, and 7 touchdowns in 2013. In 2014, he snagged 85 receptions, 1,133 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns. The 2014 season is noteworthy because Jeffery caught double-digit touchdown receptions for the first time in his career.

Keep an eye out, Philly

Jeffery appears to be the perfect receiver for the Eagles and quarterback Wentz. The truth is, he’s still a question mark and he will have to prove himself on the field. The former Chicago Bear struggled with injuries in the past and was suspended last season for taking performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Therefore, it is understandable why some Eagles’ fans might not feel assured about what he’s bringing to the team.

The team knows what it’s like to lose an important player on offense. Offensive tackle Lane Johnson was suspended last season because of a PED violation. He was forced to miss ten regular season games. As a result, the team had to promote rookie offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai to fill in for Johnson.

Eagles fans have seen this story before

Johnson’s absence became obvious against the Washington Redskins when defensive end Ryan Kerrigan created havoc against the Eagles’ offensive line with 2.5 sacks. Jeffery’s absence could have a similar impact on the offense.

He’s coming into a team that’s starving for a playmaker. The one-year deal that he signed with the Eagles is also a sign that both parties know this is a trial season for him. Any Eagles fan should want him to succeed, but the harsh reality is someone has to ask the questions that no Philadelphia fan wants to ask.

Only time will tell

In conclusion, the Eagles have to wait and see if they got a steal with Jeffery. This upcoming season is going to tell the team — and the fans — which Jeffery they’re getting. Redskins cornerback Josh Norman made headlines when he wrote down Jeffery on his “hit list”. The season can’t start soon enough.

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