Related players: Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery popped up on the injury report with an ankle injury, but wasn't really in doubt for this game. Smallwood, meanwhile, is the odd man out now that the team brought in Jay Ajayi.
Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:00pm
Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 11. HC Doug Pederson said that the injury has been “lingering for a while,” but Jeffery is expected to be out there against the Cowboys.
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:07pm
Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. It’s a midweek downgrade, but Jeffery says that he’ll “definitely” play through the injury, adding that the ankle has been bothering him for “a while.”
Eagles running back Jay Ajayi was impressive in his debut against the Denver Broncos, but with two weeks to prepare including a Week 10 bye, he could have an even larger role in the offense Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
Four days after being acquired via a trade with the Miami Dolphins prior to the Oct. 31 trade deadline, Ajayi rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and played a factor in a run-pass option touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery back in Week 9.
With two weeks to digest the playbook, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich says that Ajayi's ready to handle whatever the coaching staff throws at him in Sunday's game.
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Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery were a dynamic duo in Chicago. Jeffery had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Bears, including a career-high 1,421 yards in 2013. Cutler was his quarterback. And Cutler thinks he might have found a similar — if not better — target in Miami.
“I think he's kind of a faster Alshon, a little bit,” Cutler said. “He's got a lot of range. Back-shoulder, over the top. He's got great hands. And he can burn you up if you get [stuck] flat-footed.”
In 15 games, Parker was the #50 WR last season, catching 56 passes for 744 yards and four touchdowns on 88 targets. He was on the injury report for six of those games (3.3-39-0.33, 9.2 PPG in PPR formats) and healthy for nine (4.0-57-0.20, 11.0 PPG). Those "healthy" PPG numbers are about what Anquan Boldin scored as 2016's #41 fantasy receiver. If he can stay healthy, he should provide WR3 numbers, but that’s a big “if.” For what it’s worth, he has drawn rave reviews for his work this offseason.
Two of the key additions for the Eagles will likely make their debut in front of the home crowd at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday night.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and cornerback Ronald Darby are expected to play, head coach Doug Pederson said on Tuesday. Jeffery was held out by the coaches last week against Green Bay, while Darby was acquired by the team on Friday.
Jeffery and the rest of the starters won't be out there a lot the story said - which added the starters will play a series or two "at the most," according to Pederson.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) was back on the practice field Monday morning, after taking part in one 7-on-7 drill Sunday, for the first time since going down with a sprained shoulder on the first full squad practice in pads.
Jeffery's injury has left him a limited practice participant and he has yet to take part in full-team 11-on-11 drills since briefly returning the same day he suffered his injury.
"Carson Wentz was on fire Sunday. He was absolutely dropping dimes to his receivers on deep balls. He threw a perfect pass to Jordan Matthews over Malcolm Jenkins. His pass to Torrey Smith deep down the sideline was perfect, too. Perhaps the best pass of the day came when Wentz threaded the needle to Trey Burton down the middle of the field with three defenders near him. Burton might have gotten lit up in an actual game, but the ball couldn't have been placed any better."
Zangaro notes Wentz's accuracy on deep balls is a consistent theme this camp, but his throws Sunday were "shockingly good".
In his rookie season, Wentz finished as QB24 with 13.1 fantasy points per game, after only throwing for 6.23 yards per attempt (29th among qualified quarterbacks), 62.4% completion percentage (18th) and 79.3 passer rating (25th). The Eagles went out and upgraded his pass catchers by signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, which should help with his fantasy production in year two. 4for4 Associate Editor TJ Hernandez notes: "Smith ranks eighth among qualifying receivers in career red zone touchdown rate and Alshon has been slightly above average inside the 20 as well. A bolstered receiving corps along with Jordan Matthews, who is quietly one of the better red zone targets in the league (34.1% career red zone touchdown rate), should result in Wentz approaching at least league average scoring rates." Wentz could be a viable streaming option in one QB leagues and a potential steady contributor in two QB leagues.
While Alshon Jeffery had a really good day, Torrey Smith was even better. Plenty of folks have wondered if the 28-year-old has much left. On Friday, he looked plenty good, making several nice catches.
The first came on an absolute gem of a throw from Carson Wentz. The others were against tight coverage. In 11-on-11s, Smith jumped in front of Jalen Mills and then Patrick Robinson on the next play. Smith showed the ability to come back to the ball, something the Eagles' receivers rarely did last season.
Related players: Jordan Matthews
The story said Jeffery was catching everything today and suggested Wentz may have been testing his range with throws behind him and low - but Jeffery snagged them all. On paper, the Eagles have a nice mix at WR. As long as Smith provides a deep threat, Jeffery and Jordan Matthews could play the role of possession WRs.
Appearing at Alshon Jeffery’s football camp, Williams told reporters that his back is going to be fine.
“I’m good. Everything’s good,” Williams said. “The back situation, that was some false information being released. I don’t know who released it, but everything is good.”
Williams suffered the injury at rookie minicamp and hasn’t been able to do much in the Chargers’ offseason program since, but he apparently believes he’ll be healthy enough to play this season, without surgery.
North Dakota does not pop up on many lists of the best places for summer travel, but the state is getting a boost to this year’s numbers.
They have native son Carson Wentz to thank for that. Several Eagles receivers put posts on social media Sunday regarding travel to Fargo — Alshon Jeffery can ask Nelson Agholor about a burger recommendation — for some pre-camp work with Wentz.
Outside of the location, there’s nothing unusual about the Eagles getting together to work on their own ahead as many teams have players making similar arrangements.
The story didn't mention which WRs were there outside of Jeffery and Smith, but Matthews and Agholor made the trip last year. Of course, Jeffery and Smith are new additions, so any extra time Wentz can spend with these guys will be a great help to everyone's fantasy production in 2017.
Zach Ertz led the Eagles in catches last season, and over the last four seasons he has caught a whopping 247 catches. He has caught at least 75 passes in each of the past two seasons, while Alshon Jeffery hasn't caught over 55 passes since 2014.
Combine Ertz's proven track record of production with the fact he probably has more on-field chemistry with Carson Wentz than any other player on the roster, and it would be surprising if Ertz didn't lead the team in catches this season.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers coach Mike Groh believes Alshon Jeffery had his best offseason since perhaps 2013, when Jeffery burst onto the scene and set career highs in catches (89) and yards (1,421) while finding the end zone seven times.
Groh would know. He was the Chicago Bears' receivers coach for three seasons (2013-15), which proved to be the most productive years of Jeffery's career to date. Groh moved on to coach the Rams' wideouts last year while Jeffery struggled through a down season as the result of injuries, a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and inconsistent quarterback play.
The two have reunited in Philly, and Groh -- a demanding teacher and evaluator -- walked away pleased with Jeffery's performance during the offseason training program.
"He and I have a history together, so he knows what I think, and I understand the way that he works and goes about his business," Groh said. "I think the spring that he's had is as good as he's had since maybe 2013. Pleased with where he is physically, mentally I think he is in a good place. He's coming in here and learning a new system and working on the chemistry with Carson [Wentz] and everything like that, but it's been a good spring for him."
In 53 games since his sophomore season, Jeffery has averaged 5.3 receptions for 79 yards and 0.43 touchdowns, or 16.0 PPG (PPR). That’s about what Doug Baldwin averaged last year as the league’s #8 fantasy receiver. Jeffery’s numbers are down a bit over the last two years (5.1-78-0.29 in just 21 games), but the 27-year-old still has a bright future ahead of him. Receivers who change teams tend to underperform unless they see an upgrade in quarterback and/or targets. Unless Carson Wentz takes a big step forward, it’s unlikely that Jeffery sees either, so he’s more of a WR2 heading into the 2017 season.
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