Carson Wentz hopes to be the Week 1 starter for the Philadelphia Eagles this season. If that happens, he may not have big target Alshon Jeffery to throw to.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, he might miss the start of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
“As Eagles gear up for the season, WR Alshon Jeffery has remained on PUP. Though he’s progressing according to plan, sources say the timing of his rotator cuff surgery — following the Super Bowl win – means there’s a chance he may not be ready for the opener. Could stay on PUP.”
Coming off his sixth NFL season, Jeffery ended up playing a big role in Philly’s Super Bowl triumph. After putting up 789 yards and nine scores during the regular season, he then racked up 219 yards and three scores in the postseason. Of course, injuries have always played a fairly big role in the wideout’s career. Jeffery saw the field just 10 times during his rookie season (2012). Injuries would limit him to just nine games in 2015 and 12 games in 2016 as well.
But there’s no denying the production when he’s healthy.
On a per 16 game average, the 28-year-old is averaging 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns. 25-year-old Nelson Agholor would complement Jeffery nicely last season, putting up 768 yards and eight scores. That surge in production followed a 28-game sample in which Agholor scored just three times while racking up only 648 yards. Mike Wallace, who now plays for the Eagles, put up similar numbers a season ago in Baltimore — 748 yards and four touchdowns.
In other words, the Eagles do have some cover at wideout if Jeffery misses too much time. But he makes things so much easier for Wentz (or Nick Foles) simply by being on the field. Starting a season fully healthy isn’t too much to ask, right? Oh, it is?
The Eagles open their season against Atlanta on September 6.