THIS was already on the list BEFORE I learned that WR Alshon Jeffery had played 19 games, caught 69 balls, for 1,008 yards, and 12 tuds, all with a rotator cuff torn since Training Camp. Now, after learning that, this is not only on the list, but it’s probably the most important part of it.
We need to find a way to get Jeffery isolated, and in space against any CB who isn’t 6’3”. Then he can use his height and wingspan to make those 50/50 balls more like 85/15 balls.
The best way to get him that space, is to get teams to load the box, (which I covered in #7 of this series). If we can do that, then teams will have to telegraph which poison they’re picking. That will make life easier on the Offense, which will make it easier on the Defense, and therefore improve our chances of a second parade in a row.
I’ll say this now: I expect 80 catches and 13 REGULAR SEASON touchdowns out of Jeffery this season. I drafted him in Fantasy last year and he was a big part of my Championship run. (With Nick Foles as my QB. No joke. Check it out.)
This guy was playing at very high level at the end of the year. Need to keep speed on the field opposite him as well as keep running that ball to keep him fresh.
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I like the idea of speed on the opposite side, but I think the Eagles have other ideas, and are going to try and win with size on the perimeter. Mack Hollins isn’t exactly slow, but he’s no DJax or even Torrey Smith. He’s the guy I expect to start opposite Jeffery in 2018.
The receivers were much more physical than in recent years. This team is built for the long haul. And Ertz is becoming an unstoppable threat and I think its a challenge now for opposing teams to really shut down this offense. Like you Im still not certain that Wentz will ever return to the type of player he was. I think he may be effective if he fine tunes his skills but I think he has got to learn from Tom Brady that he has to make slight adjustments in the pocket that buy him time. Brady as slow as he is really is great at avoiding the pass rush with the smallest of adjustments. Even Randall Cunningham learned that running recklessly was a recipe for disaster. I was impressed how Foles handled pressure. Its amazing how Foles skills were infinitely better when he surveys the field running the option game. I think we could be looking at a learning curve for Wentz
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I have zero doubts about Wentz returning to form. As I said, it usually takes a year to get full explosiveness back after an ACL tear. But it’s not like he was a track star already.
What I really think he needs is a young WR that he helped pick. At that point the Eagles will get something we haven’t seen in decades: A QB built WR.