Alshon Jeffery hauls in big catch for Eagles
When the Philadelphia Eagles acquired wide receiver Alshon Jeffery in the offseason, they expected him to come in and make some big plays. Well, Jeffery did exactly that in the Eagles’ 33-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder reached up and made a terrific catch from Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and showcased a long stride while cruising into the end zone for a 53-yard touchdown reception. It was a huge play in the third quarter.
“I gave Carson [Wentz] a route, but I think it was the wrong route and he changed it a little bit,” Jeffery said. “He altered it to a go route. It worked out, he did a great job working at the line and he just gave me a chance. The rest is history.”
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was pleased to see the passing combination of Wentz and Jeffery produce six points.
“Those two guys, Carson and Alshon connecting like that, it was a great route from the jump,” Pederson said. “He was being pressed and had a great release. Carson put it right where he had to. That’s what you expect from those two guys, to make those types of plays.”
Jeffery has 28 catches for 416 yards and three touchdowns this season. It had a been a few games since Jeffery made it to the end zone.
“It felt great, but patience is key. Like I always say, [it’s] just patience and I keep working every time,” Jeffery said.
Jeffery wears jersey No. 17, which is the same number of another great Eagles wide receiver, Harold Carmichael. This was a big week for Carmichael. He was selected to the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
“It’s a huge accomplishment,” Jeffery said. “Hats off to him. He’s a heck of a player. He always comes back. Every time I see him in the hallways, he’s always dropping knowledge on us. He’s a great guy. I’m trying to be like him.”
The Eagles will host the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. This is shaping to be a big game for the Eagles who have an NFL-best 7-1 record. Jeffery is trying to stay focused on the task at hand, which happens to be the Broncos.
“It’s just one game at a time,” Jeffery said. “We’re just living in the moment and staying in the moment.”