It may seem like the sky is falling in Philadelphia with the Eagles coming off consecutive losses to Washington and Los Angeles, but Thursday brought a slight glimmer of hope on the injury front. Remember this guy?
That’s veteran Alshon Jeffery, who practiced Thursday for the first time since December 1 of last year. A key contributor during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run in 2017, the 30-year-old South Carolina alum took part in individual drills Thursday, suggesting his surgically-repaired foot may finally be on the mend.
Notably, the Eagles chose not to stash Jeffery on injured reserve to begin the year, indicating they expect the 6’3,” 218-pounder back in their lineup sooner rather than later. Though nowhere near the Pro-Bowl-caliber talent he was early in his career, the former Chicago Bear would at least give Carson Wentz another healthy body to target instead of constantly resorting to check-downs to one of his two tight ends, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.
Jeffery hasn’t been the most consistent source of offense for Philadelphia since arriving in 2017, but he at least boasts a proven track record, something that can’t be said of the team’s other receivers save for deep threat DeSean Jackson, now in his second stint with the Eagles. Philadelphia's reach for 2019 second-rounder JJ Arcega-Whiteside looks more egregious by the day while promising rookie Jalen Reagor out of TCU now faces an extended absence following last week’s thumb injury, leaving the depleted Eagles to run with D-Jax, Arcega-Whiteside and slot maven Greg Ward in three-wide sets.
Jeffery’s presence as a limited practice participant Thursday is encouraging for his 2020 prospects, though considering his nearly 10-month layoff, it’s unlikely he’ll be in uniform when the winless Eagles host Cincinnati in Week 3.