What Philadelphia Eagles fans can expect from Jeffery may be clearer now.
It’s interesting that there can be so much to talk about with so many obstacles to conducting a practice or even getting the entire 90-man Philadelphia Eagles roster to the NovaCare Complex for a few team activities. At the time of this story being published, we wouldn’t have even reached “Hump Day” of June’s third full week, and already, there’s much to discuss.
Everyone’s throwing out guesses about what the Eagles will do at right guard. This follows the news of Pro Bowl mainstay, Brandon Brooks, tearing his other Achilles on June 15th. Philly’s head man, Doug Pederson, met with members of the Philadelphia sports media less than a day later.
As you might expect, that came up. As you might imagine, so did Alshon Jeffery. For those of you who are curious, the Eagles head coach gave a ton of insight on “17” heading into 2020, something every Eagles fan, is no doubt, interested in.
How is he progressing and what’s his timetable for a return to the squad?
"Alshon’s done extremely well this offseason with his rehab… To be a part of this virtual offseason like they have, I’ve been really impressed with everybody that’s taken part, and Alshon is one of those guys. The dialogue that he’s had in the receiver room, being able to converse with some of the young players that we have on our roster and just getting himself back healthy… There’s no timetable for him right now, We just want him to focus on his rehab and get strong."
What’s his role in the offense, if any?
"He’s a big part of our offense, and we do plan to have him in the offense at some point, but if there’s a couple (of) games there where he’s not ready, then we’re not going to put him out there. (We’re going to) wait for him to get healthy, but yeah, he’s a big part of the process moving forward, and he’s a great leader, and he’s going to be able to help the young players come along."
There you have it. Now, too many, the natural reaction from anyone would be that this is what you expect him to say. The Eagles are, in a sense, married to “17” thanks to lingering injury issues, a massive contract, and seemingly no real way of trading him.
Certainly, the Eagles would avoid bashing him publicly. That wouldn’t solve anything, and it sets a bad precedent. Then, on top of that, there are still other things to consider.
Carson Wentz has spoken of him and says he loves him. The Eagles vice president and general manager Howie Roseman has stated that Jeffery knows how he is perceived and is looking to bounce back and have a great season. Now, you hear what the head coach has had to say.
To be honest, it appears that there are two ways that we can look at this. Either Philly has addressed this, and it’s settled, or this was never a real problem for anyone other than the fans and media. You see folks, this is why locker room issues are handled internally. We live in a world where Twitter and Instagram exist, so everyone wants inside access. Sometimes, however, as we all know, that hurts more situations than it helps. Just think about that for a few moments.