Eagles Wednesday: Alshon Jeffery Inching Closer to Return

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Doug Pederson wouldn’t say if Alshon Jeffery will play on Sunday in Nashville, but he did confirm today that the Birds’ #1 wide receiver is cleared for contact.

That was the biggest takeaway from Pederson’s midweek press conference. The head ball coach also told media that he’ll have an update on Rodney McLeod later in the week, after one more test is completed on the safety’s injured knee.

More notes from Doug’s availability:

  • will find out later in the week whether Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles are good to go
  • RE: safety depth: “we like where we’re at” (didn’t want to discuss plan if McLeod can’t go this weekend)
  • regarding the “weight on quarterback” rule:

“Officials have a tough job… to me as a former quarterback, those look like good, clean hits. I don’t make those decisions, obviously, but you just keep playing, quite honestly. Keep playing, keep coaching them to play hard. You just have to accept that something like that is going to happen, whether it’s to your opponent or to us. There are great examples to teach from and to learn from.”

More notes after the jump:

  • game will begin to slow down for Carson Wentz as he gets more reps and more weapons around him moving forward
  • even with Ajayi, Jeffery, and Wentz back, it’s going to take time for everybody to find their rhythm and get back to where they were in 2017
  • Tennessee is a 3-4 defense that plays out like a 4-3 based on their structure, strong defensive team, can play with more linebackers because of that
  • Marcus Mariota is athletic, attentive to detail, felt like he’d be successful in the right system and flourish, which he has
  • Fletcher Cox is showing more maturity, taking on responsibility and embracing role of being a leader, which might not have been the case in years past
  • Alshon gives the team a “shot in the arm” offensively, good red zone target, sometimes draws double teams and can help unlock defenses

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8 Comments

  • An Inquiring Mind September 26, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Jeffrey will also have some rust to him so I don’t expect him to come back and put up 7, 110, and 1 TD. However, his presence will be added threat and will help free up the other receivers.
    #CuzisGritty

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  • 975 inside her September 26, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Heard Fartzetta got clearance from Josh I. to use the fake Cuz bit.

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  • how long September 26, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Before Kyle is hawking Gritty T’s?

    Reply
  • Philly needs the cuz September 26, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Can see the 97.5 morning crew giving farzy the cold shoulder

    #teamcuz #freecuz

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    • 975 inside her September 26, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      They won’t have the chance since they will not be on the morning show.

      Reply
      • richard bagg September 26, 2018 at 12:45 pm

        Farzy’sfirst day he should have Josh I. call in as the cuz…radio gold, Jerry

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        • Fake cuz September 26, 2018 at 1:22 pm

          That’s right brotha!

          Reply
          • provolone joe September 26, 2018 at 1:37 pm

            Leave Cuz alone..man is going thru some tough time right now…have a heart

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