EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery isn’t really into all of the attention. He doesn’t brag. He doesn’t boast. He just keeps the team goals first and makes that the priority, which makes Jeffery a very different kind of receiver than most of the other great ones in the NFL. Jeffery prefers to let his game do his talking.
And his game is on fire right now. In the three games Jeffery has played this season, he’s got 18 receptions for 218 yards and three touchdowns. In Thursday night’s 34-13 win over the New York Giants, Jeffery caught eight passes for 74 yards and a pair of touchdowns and then deflected all praise to the team after the game.
“It’s a great win. We had a great week of practice. We were focused and we paid attention to details,” Jeffery said. “We always preach ‘start fast.’ The past couple of weeks we weren’t able to start fast but tonight we were able to get things going. The defense got us a turnover in the red zone so we had to take advantage of that.”
On the Giants’ second play from scrimmage, linebackers Jordan Hicks and Kamu Grugier-Hill combined to make a huge play as Hicks tipped an Eli Manning pass and the ball was intercepted by Grugier-Hill, who returned it 24 yards to the New York 16-yard line. Three plays later, Jeffery and quarterback Carson Wentz combined to hold up the offense’s share of the big-play first quarter.
On third-and-7 from the Giants' 13-yard line, Wentz stepped up in the pocket and then escaped to his right to buy time and give his receivers a chance to create some separation. Jeffery turned back toward Wentz in the end zone and gave Wentz a window through which to throw across his body, and the result was a 13-yard touchdown play.
“It was a scramble drill. Carson did a heck of a job keeping the play alive and I just scrambled,” Jeffery said. “He just threw it. He made a heck of a play. We have faith in each other.”
Wentz and Jeffery didn’t have Training Camp together, but they are very much on the same page. Time and time again Wentz went to his big receiver, a player Eagles wideout Nelson Agholor said in the jubilant locker room is a “big-time matchup nightmare” for defenses.
Jeffery’s second touchdown was a play he said the Eagles saw New England use and then “borrowed” it. On third-and-goal from the New York 1-yard line, Jeffery lined up on the left side of the formation, took a few steps in motion toward the left. Wentz then quickly took the snap and fired a pass to Jeffery, who made the catch and slid into the end zone.
“Great play,” Jeffery said. “All I had to do was make the catch. It was pretty easy from there.”
Jeffery has made an instant and substantial impact since returning from rotator cuff surgery. He didn’t have any on-field work in the spring or through the summer and didn’t do a whole lot in practice until just before the regular season began. But he sure has made up for lost time with his great three-game start to the season.
“I just want to win. This was big for us. We’re on the road, in the division,” he said. “It’s something we can build from.”
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