Does Alshon Jeffery’s return alter this Philadelphia Eagles WR rotation?

Alshon Jeffery #17, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Alshon Jeffery #17, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Alshon Jeffery is expected to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10.

It seems as if the Philadelphia Eagles are finally getting healthy as the growing sentiment is both Miles Sanders and Alshon Jeffery are expected to play this Sunday versus the New York Giants. For Jeffery, despite the fact that he’s been on the team’s active roster all season, it will be his first time taking the field in 11 months. Expect the Eagles to put him on a snap count early on as they ease him back into the offense.

The issue is clear. In Jeffery’s absence, the Eagles have had to look at other options at the wide receiver position. Some players, such as Travis Fulgham and Greg Ward, have performed well and seem to have developed lethal chemistry with Carson Wentz. The fear is that inserting Jeffery into the lineup will stunt the growth of the young and talented wide receivers.

Will Alshon Jeffery steal snaps from the Philadelphia Eagles’ young WRs?

The short answer is hopefully not. It’s truly hard to imagine a scenario where the Eagles opt to play an aging wide receiver who hasn’t played in almost a year over Fulgham or Reagor.

The Eagles have already made it clear that Jeffery is expendable by looking to trade him earlier this year. He won’t be on the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster after this year. Combine this with the chemistry issues that he and Wentz are rumored to have, and it’s pretty clear that Jeffery should be a second thought in this offense.

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Sure, he might steal a few red zone snaps from JJ Arcega-Whiteside, but the young Eagles wide receivers should not see a significant decrease in playing time because of Jeffery. The days of targeting Alshon Jeffery 15 times a game are over. It’s time to let the young guys develop chemistry with Wentz instead of playing an aging receiver whose days in Philly are numbered. Surely the coaching staff knows this, right?