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Reunited with Nick Foles, Alshon Jeffery turns in monster game vs. Rams

Reunited with Nick Foles, Alshon Jeffery turns in monster game vs. Rams

LOS ANGELES — When Alshon Jeffery met with the media late Sunday night after a monster game against the Rams, he brought a football with him.

And it didn’t leave his hands.

Asked what was significant about that ball, Jeffery smiled and just said: “It’s been a while.”

It had been quite a while since we saw this Alshon Jeffery — skying high for jump balls, turning in big plays up and down the field, looking every bit like a star receiver.

Jeffery was the biggest beneficiary of the Eagles’ quarterback change in the Eagles’ 30-23 win over the Rams at L.A. Coliseum.

It was impossible to ignore the fact that Jeffery made more big plays in one game with Nick Foles than in most of a season with Carson Wentz.

Jeffery’s two longest catches this year came Sunday night from Foles, as did four of his nine longest:

50 yards … Foles yesterday
36 yards … Foles yesterday 
31 yards … Wentz vs Titans
31 yards … Wentz vs Vikings
29 yards … Wentz vs Panthers
26 yards … Foles yesterday
21 yards … Wentz vs Giants [2]
20 yards … Wentz vs Panthers
18 yards … Foles yesterday

Jeffery didn’t play the first two weeks of the season, so the Rams game was his first this year with Foles.

In 11 games with Wentz, Jeffery averaged 54 yards. He had eight for 160 Sunday night.

Nick did a hell of a job just finding me, just finding me, just making plays. Whoever’s out there, it doesn’t matter. If it’s Carson, Nick, Ertz, me, Nelly. We’re just trying to make plays. It doesn’t matter who’s catching it and who’s throwing it.

But it does seem to matter.

Jeffery’s 160 yards were his most since 2013 with the Bears and third-most of his career.

It was the most receiving yards by an Eagle since Jeremy Maclin had 187 in a game in Arizona back in 2014.

For whatever reason, Wentz was just reluctant to chuck the ball deep this year, and when he did, he was off. Maybe his surgically repaired knee wouldn't allow him to plant firmly enough to be able to launch the ball down the field. Maybe his back injury prevented him from going deep.

One thing is clear.

Foles is a gunslinger and he didn’t hesitate getting the ball vertical to Jeffery.

He didn’t look underneath. His eyes were always down the field.

That meant the numbers were down for the tight ends and backs but way up for the outside receivers.

And that gave the offense more juice than it's had in a long time.

In 24 games with Wentz over the last two years, Jeffery has averaged 12.6 yards per catch.

In seven games with Foles, he’s averaged 17.2 yards per catch.

Different quarterback, different Alshon.

“None of that really matters,” Jeffery said. “As long as we’re winning games that’s all I really care about. Just winning games.”

How can Foles and Jeffery have such a connection when they haven’t played together since the Super Bowl?

“You know, I watched all the practices, been doing the scout team and I know the guys,” Foles said. “I mean, you go out there, I’m a thrower. I just read their body language and throw the ball. They made a lot of great plays. Alshon, great catches.”

The last six weeks were tough for Jeffery.

With Wentz clearly unable or reluctant to get the ball down the field, Jeffery had six straight games under 50 yards.

For the first time in his career.

Sunday made up for all of it, and largely because of it the Eagles are back in the playoff mix.

“I’m just patient, man,” he said. “I’m just trying to control what I can control. I tell Nick and Carson all the time just throw it up. I’m going to catch it and no one else is going to catch it.”

And for the first time in a long time, one of them was listening.

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Stephen Jackson says the Eagles 'threatened to fire' DeSean Jackson after Instagram posts

Stephen Jackson says the Eagles 'threatened to fire' DeSean Jackson after Instagram posts

After DeSean Jackson made anti-Semitic Instagram posts quoting Adolf Hitler and Louis Farrakhan, the Eagles released a statement calling the wide receiver's posts 'absolutely appalling' and promising 'approporiate action'.

Whether the posts will ultimately cost Jackson his job with the Eagles is unclear, but according to former NBA player Stephen Jackson, it may have been presented as a possibility.

In one of many statements Wednesday defending the 33-year-old wide receiver, Stephen Jackson claimed that DeSean Jackson called him and said the Eagles threatened to cut him:

I didn't support the post, as far as Hitler and him supporting Hitler. I don't know support Hitler, I don't know nothing about Hitler, and I could give a f**k about Hitler. All I know is he was a cruel guy. I don't stand for that, and I don't support it. My whole reason for supporting D-Jack was, before I got on Instagram, he called me on the phone and told me that they was threatening to fire him, but they didn't do that to [Riley] Cooper. And I was like, 'You're right, you shouldn't have to apologize if they didn't make him apologize.

The Eagles did in fact punish wide receiver Riley Cooper in 2013 after he was filmed shouting the n-word at a country music concert, fining him an undisclosed amount of money. The team also condemned Cooper's comments in a public statement, as they did with DeSean Jackson's comments.

Cooper was not released for his comments, however, and was signed to a five-year extension in 2014. Cooper was released in 2016.

You can watch the full Stephen Jackson video below:

Stephen Jackson also said in a different post, which has since been deleted, that DeSean Jackson was "speaking the truth" in the posts.

In one of the original Instagram posts, DeSean Jackson highlighted a quote, which was incorrectly attributed to Hitler:

The white Jews knows that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will blackmail America. They will extort America, their plan for world domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were. The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel.

DeSean Jackson also posted a clip from a speech Farrakhan made in Chicago on July 4 where he alleged that White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were plotting to use a virus vaccine to "depopulate the Earth." 

Farrakhan is a noted anti-Semite and homophobe who was among several prominent people whose posts were banned 

DeSean Jackson apologized publicly multiple times on Tuesday for his posts and comments, and also reportedly spoke with and apologized to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, both of whom are Jewish.

The Eagles signed DeSean Jackson to a three-year, $27 million deal in March 2019.

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The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

Over the next few weeks, we'll be unveiling our all-time Eagles team. 

We enlisted the help of Eagles reporters Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro, Quick Slants hosts Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks and Quick Slants producer Mike Mulhern for voting. 

We asked each person to rank their top five players at 16 different positions. A 1st-place vote was worth five points, a 2nd-place vote was worth four, and so on. 

Up next: Wide Receiver

Complete voting

1. Harold Carmichael = 23
2. Mike Quick = 16
3. Tommy McDonald = 15
4. DeSean Jackson = 13
5. Terrell Owens = 8 

The breakdown
New Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael got three 1st-place votes and Mike Quick and Tommy McDonald each got one. Harold was 2nd on the two ballots where he wasn’t first, and Quick got a 2nd-place vote, a 3rd-place vote and two 4th-place votes in addition to the one 1st-place vote. McDonald got the other 1st-place vote along with two 3rd-place votes and two 4th-place. DeSean Jackson got a 2nd, two 3rds and two 4ths. T.O. was as high as 2nd on one ballot and 4th on all four others. Interesting that the same five WRs were listed on all five ballots.

Did we get it right?
It’s tough comparing eras, but McDonald was the best in the business in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Carmichael was the best in the league from the early 1970s through the early 1980s and Quick was as good as anybody in the NFL from 1983 through 1987. So it really comes down to who did it the longest and most consistently, and that's Carmichael. From 1973 through 1983 — a span of 11 years — nobody had as many receiving yards or touchdowns. There’s a good reason he’s going into the Hall of Fame next summer. On our team, we’re coming out in a three-receiver set, and Carmichael, Quick and McDonald are clearly the top three in franchise history.
 
Complete team so far:
QB: Donovan McNabb 
RB: LeSean McCoy
WR: Harold Carmichael
WR: Mike Quick
WR: Tommy McDonald

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