Alshon Jeffery said Wednesday that he wasn’t frustrated, when he went without a catch Monday night against the Raiders, the first time that has happened to the Eagles’ top wideout since his days as a rookie in Chicago, Dec. 16, 2012. Jeffery brushed off interviewers Monday night, but Wednesday he said: “Of course I want to get the ball. But all that matters is the win.” One of the things that has to happen for the Eagles to live up to their No. 1 NFC playoff seeding is for Nick Foles to click with Jeffery. Neither Jeffery nor Foles got much work in the preseason, because of injuries, so they obviously didn’t work much together. Then Foles spent the first 13 weeks of the season running the scout team, throwing to receivers who definitely weren’t Jeffery. Carson Wentz and Jeffery also seemed affected by a lack of familiarity early on. They had just started to really build their partnership, to the tune of 18 catches for 306 yards and five touchdowns in a five-game span, when Wentz suffered a torn left ACL, just before throwing what turned out to be his final touchdown pass of 2017, to Jeffery, on Dec. 10 at the Rams. Jeffery, targeted only twice Monday, shrugged off questions Wednesday about developing chemistry with Foles, saying that it’s “not that difficult.” He said he wasn’t being asked such questions after Foles’ previous start, the four-touchdown-pass day at the Giants. Jeffery caught four of those passes, for 49 yards and a TD – but he was targeted 10 times. “I think it’s going pretty well. It’s just that [Raiders] game,” Jeffery said. He blamed a “couple funky coverages,” though it sure seemed Oakland corner Sean Smith was following Jeffery around the formation. Eagles coach Doug Pederson credited Smith when he was asked Tuesday about Jeffery’s struggle.
Alshon Jeffery isn’t worried about chemistry with Nick Foles
Philly.com | Dec 28