Alshon Jeffery passed his physical on Friday and has been removed from the Active/PUP list.
That means he’ll be on the Eagles’ 53-man roster and can return to practice, but it doesn’t mean he’ll play right way.
While the move became official Friday, according to the league’s transaction wire, Doug Pederson said Thursday night that the move was coming. He also said Jeffery would be “day to day.”
While Jeffery will be back at practice, there’s a good chance he doesn’t play for a while. According to an ESPN report, Jeffery is expected to miss the first two weeks of the season and return for Week 3. Earlier this summer, NFL Network reported it was possible Jeffery would start the season on PUP but that never seemed realistic and Pederson shot down the report immediately.
In recent weeks, Jeffery has been working out on a side field during practice. Now he’ll be able to join his team.
If Jeffery doesn’t play the first two weeks of the season, Mike Wallace and Nelson Agholor will probably start outside, but when the team goes into its three-receiver set, either Mack Hollins or Shelton Gibson will likely fill in.
Hollins had a rough training camp after reportedly having sports hernia surgery this offseason. He barely played this preseason and it’s fair to wonder how productive he’ll be in Year 2. Although, the team does seem to like him and even hired his college position coach this offseason to coach receivers.
Meanwhile, Gibson had a fantastic preseason. He no longer looks like the lost rookie he was a year ago. He’s busting with confidence and has probably earned some extra snaps this season, perhaps even over Hollins.