Signing the top wide receiver in this offseason’s free agent class, the Philadelphia Eagles did so without taking much risk. Landing former Bears standout Alshon Jeffery on a one-year, $14.6 million deal, the Eagles finally have the number one receiver that they need. With Jeffery in the lineup, expect the play of the entire offense to now see a boost.
Suffering some injuries in 2015, Jeffery followed up that campaign with a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season. Following these two hurdles, the receiver was unable to convince any team to give him a long term contract. Heading to Philadelphia, Jeffery will now have the chance to prove these teams and experts wrong.
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Joining fellow new signing Torrey Smith in Philly, Jeffery should be the immediate number one for this team. With Smith playing in a speedster type role opposite him, Jeffery will get the chance to prove that he is the playmaker many believe he is while also receiving a chance to put to rest any of the durability or injury concerns from last season.
Coming out of nowhere in 2013, Jeffery became a household name in Chicago thanks to his tremendous production. Recording a career high 89 catches that season, Jeffery also recorded over 1,400-yards receiving while also scoring seven touchdowns. Following up in 2014, Jeffery again put together an impressive campaign with his 85 receptions, 1,133 yards and ten touchdowns.
Playing in only nine games during the 2015 season, Jeffery saw a major stat drop as he only managed to record 54 catches for 807 yards. While 2016 was better for him, the suspension really tainted his year. The worst fact from the last two seasons may be that he only managed six touchdown catches during that time.
That said, a lot of the receiving issues he had the last two seasons could be placed on the Bears quarterback play. Now coming to Philadelphia on a “prove-it” contract, Jeffery will have a chance to show the type of player that he really is. Playing with Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery will represent a major upgrade at wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.