Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery recently underwent successful surgery on a torn rotator cuff that he played through during the entire 2017 season, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
The injury occurred back in training camp on July 30. At the time, there was some (overblown) concern about how Jeffery was missing practice reps. The Eagles were being cautious, though, and it obviously paid off.
Jeffery didn’t miss a single start last season. In fact, he played 929 offensive snaps in the regular season. That was tied for the seven most of any wide receiver. Jeffery played the second most snaps of any playoff wide receiver with 180. That’s 1,109 total snaps. For perspective, Larry Fitzgerald played the most regular season receivers snaps at 1,070.
Statistically speaking, Jeffery didn’t have his most productive season in 2017. His 789 yards were the second lowest of his career, only above his 367 when he played 10 games as a rookie in 2012. His 13.8 yards per reception was also the second lowest of his career. Jeffery’s production wasn’t as limited in the end zone, where he had nine regular season touchdowns. The only year he had more was in 2014 when he had 10.
Jeffery got hot in the post-season. In three playoff games, he had 12 receptions for 219 yards (18.3 yards per reception) and three touchdowns. He made some big catches in the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory, including this awesome play:
That right there is exactly why the Eagles brought Alshon to Philly.
Kudos to Jeffery for toughing it out in 2017. Hopefully he’ll be even more effective/healthy in 2018 and beyond since the Eagles signed the No. 1 wide receiver to a long-term contract during the season.
No matter what happens in the future, though, Jeffery should always be appreciated for fulfilling his Super Bowl guarantees.
UPDATE: For those wondering about Jeffery’s recovery timeline, here’s some info.