WR - PHI - PUP
The Philadelphia Eagles have placed WR Alshon Jeffery on the Active/PUP list.
This was a near-given from everything we have heard in the offseason regarding Jeffery’s recovery from his Lisfranc injury. He can be removed from the Active/PUP list at any point prior to the start of the regular season, but if he’s not ready come Week 1, he’ll be moved to the Reserve/PUP list and be out at least six weeks. Philadelphia is now down both Jeffery and Marquise Goodwin (voluntary opt-out) for a minimum of six weeks. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside should have every opportunity to prove his worth as a former second-round pick to begin the season.
Jimmy Kempski from the Philly Voice speculates that Alshon Jeffery will almost certainly be placed on PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) at the start of training camp in a couple weeks time. This is not a surprising development as Lisfranc surgeries typically require a nine-month recovery; which would place Jeffery's timeline around mid-September.
The question fantasy owners will have to ask themselves is how long is Jeffery going to remain on the PUP list? He missed six games last season, and three the year prior to that. When healthy Alshon Jeffery will command a significant number of targets including plenty of redzone opportunities. The good news for fantasy owners is Jeffery can be had very late in drafts this year as he is currently rated around the WR#60 in FantasyPros Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR).
While speaking to reporters, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said of WR Alshon Jeffery’s status, “rehab is going well, no timetable though.”
Pederson went on to state that Jeffery is “a big part of our offense and we do plan to have him in our offense at some point." It sounded like Coach was hopeful that he’d only miss a few weeks, but he wasn’t willing to commit to a date. Jeffery has battled injuries of late in his career, and it seems like he’ll continue that battle into the 2020 season. He’s a risky proposition for fantasy owners looking for stability at the WR position. Look for the Eagles to rely heavily on their two tight ends, Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, and WRs DeSean Jackson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, and Jalen Reagor.
According to Eagles insider Dave Spadaro, the Eagles plan to utilize WR Alshon Jeffery in a big way in 2020.
Spadaro writes, “a healthy and fully focused and hungry Jeffery would be a huge boost for the offense. He eats up defensive backs and the Eagles are fully aware that the last complete game Jeffery played was at Miami, on December 1, and he caught nine passes for 137 passes and a touchdown. He was dominating. Having Jeffery back all the way is an important piece in the offensive puzzle for 2020.” Jeffery missed six games last season due to the Lisfranc injury, but still managed to haul in 43 catches for 490 yards and four TDs. While his production has tailed off quite a bit since his early days in Chicago, the 30-year old has shown an ability to be a reliable option when healthy. The Eagles went out and took WR Jalen Reagor in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, but he shouldn’t cut in to Jeffery’s production. If anything, Reagor might stretch the defense more, taking a safety with him, leaving Jeffery with one-on-one coverage on the outside. Jeffery is currently ranked #51 in FantasyPros consensus WR rankings, but if he can put together a full season of high-level production, he could finish as a WR3 or WR4 in most fantasy leagues.
Adam Schefter joined 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia Wednesday morning and said in regards to rumors that WR Alshon Jeffery could be traded, “I don’t see Alshon getting traded, I see him staying in Philadelphia.”
Schefter went on to pose the question, “in these uncertain financial times, would you want to take that 10 million dollar risk on a guy like Alshon right now?” It’s an interesting question and a good point he makes, and in addition to the hefty price tag, Jeffery also comes with some health risks as well in a time when teams cannot fully vet a guy’s medical situation. He’s coming off a season in which he only played 10 games due to a Lisfranc foot injury. Jeffery is reportedly recovering well from the injury, but it seems “unlikely” any team is willing to take on the risk of a $10M contract for a 30-year old WR with a recent history of injuries.
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