Doug Pederson spoke to Eagles media via video call this morning.
Blah blah blah, here’s the quote that stood out to me, regarding veteran receiver Alshon Jeffery and his role in 2020.
Courtesy of the team:
Q. What update do you have on where WR Alshon Jeffery is in his recovery, and as you put plans together for the offense, are you counting on Alshon to be a part of it this season? (Zach Berman)
COACH PEDERSON: Alshon has done extremely well this off-season with his rehab. I’ve been — not just Alshon but with all our veteran players, to be part of this virtual off-season like they have, I’ve been really impressed with everybody that’s taken part and Alshon is one of the 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 themselves back healthy and obviously there’s no timetable for him right now. I just want him to focus on his rehab and get strong, but the second part of your question is, 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 games there where he’s not ready, then, we’re not going to put him out there and just wait for him to get healthy.
But yeah, he is 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.
“He’s a big part of our offense, and we do plan to have him in the offense at some point.”
Howie Roseman said something similar a few months back, talking about the need for Jeffery to get healthy and downplaying whatever rift we think appeared between him and Carson Wentz
Of course, it could all be lip service, and mean nothing at all, since this is the same organization that gave a vote of confidence to Mike Groh and Carson Walch and then fired them one day later.
As it stands, the Eagles will enter camp with the following receivers on the roster:
- DeSean Jackson
- Alshon Jeffery
- Greg Ward
- JJ Arcega-Whiteside
- Jalen Reagor
- Deontay Burnett
- Robert Davis
- Marquise Goodwin
- Khalil Tate
- Quez Watkins
- Manasseh Bailey
- Shelton Gibson
- Marcus Green