Jeffery (rib) did not participate in OTAs on Tuesday, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Whether Jeffery is out due to injury or just simply because these are involuntary practices is unknown, but it is worth noting with the wideout reportedly playing through fractured ribs at the end of last season. There has been nothing, however, to suggest Jeffery is in line for any sort of long-term absence as training camp approaches.
The Eagles traded for DeSean Jackson (Achilles) to join Jeffery (ribs) and Nelson Agholor at wide receiver, John McMullen of 97.3 FM ESPN South Jersey reports. Neither Jackson nor Agholor projects as a target hog, but the picture starts to look crowded once tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are accounted for. The good news is that Jeffery won't have to worry about an excess of defensive attention, as safeties will have their hands full trying to deal with Jackson's fly routes and Agholor/Ertz over the middle. Jeffery played through fractured ribs during the playoffs, but he shouldn't have any limitations this offseason as the Eagles fine-tune their passing attack around Carson Wentz (back).
Jeffery played with fractured ribs during Sunday's divisional-round loss to New Orleans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. An MRI reportedly revealed the injury earlier in the week. The receiver wasn't on the injury report at all heading into the Eagles' wild-card victory over the Bears, but Jeffery was listed as a limited participant in every practice leading up to Sunday's loss to the Saints. Under contract with Philadelphia through 2021, Jeffery shouldn't have a problem returning to full health before the start of OTAs this spring.
Jeffery brought in five of eight targets for 63 yards in the Eagles' 20-14 divisional-round playoff loss to the Saints on Sunday. Jeffery co-led the Eagles in receptions and topped the team in receiving yards, but it was the catch he failed to make with 1:52 remaining that will stand out for a long time to come. The veteran receiver couldn't secure a well-thrown ball from Nick Foles on second down deep in New Orleans' territory, and the deflected pass landed in the hands of Marshon Lattimore for a game-clinching interception. Jeffery had trouble gaining separation from Lattimore throughout the second half after the Saints decided to shadow the talented receiver with their best corner, which led to the Eagles failing to mount any appreciable momentum after their early 14-0 lead. Having generated a solid 65-843-6 line across 13 regular-season games in 2018, Jeffery will look to top those numbers during the third year of a four-year, $52 million deal in 2019.
Jeffery (ribs) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's divisional-round contest at New Orleans. Although Jeffery was listed as limited all week, he's been cleared to play through a rib issue. He'll be looking to exploit a Saints defense that allowed 9.2 yards per target and 20 touchdowns to wide receivers in 2018.
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|14||12/10||New York Giants||10||20.75|
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