It all makes sense now.
Alshon Jeffery’s first year in Philadelphia got off to a rocky start and many questioned whether he was a true No. 1 receiver. Turns out, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, that Jeffery played through the entire 2017 season with a torn rotator cuff. He had successful surgery for it on Wednesday, an injury he suffered in Training Camp.
#Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery had successful surgery this morning on a torn rotator cuff, sources say. He suffered it in training camp and played through it, somehow, on the way to a Super Bowl.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 21, 2018
Electing to fight through the pain after signing a one-year deal, Jeffery tallied only 354 yards and two touchdowns over his first seven games. He normally turns 50-50 balls into 80-20 balls, but those 80-20 balls went back to being 50-50 balls this season. He’s known for his strong hands at the catch point and making tough snags through traffic, but we didn’t see as much of that from him either.
Jeffery flipped the switch over his final nine games, putting up 435 yards and seven scores. In the postseason, Jeffery recorded 219 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 18.2 yards a reception.
Alshon Jeffery was doing things like this on a torn rotator cuff, unreal! pic.twitter.com/ToMn7OPOFW
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) February 21, 2018
Jeffery figured out how to gut through the pain and was rewarded with a four-year, $52 million extension in December.
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