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New Eagles wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer has a history with Alshon Jeffery

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New Eagles wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer has a history with Alshon Jeffery

Eagles new receivers coach Gunter Brewer will get to coach Alshon Jeffery for the first time this season, but he’s known him for almost a decade.

And he can’t wait to finally get his No. 1 receiver back on the field. 

“His being a southern guy like myself,” Brewer said with his drawl. “I enjoy his demeanor and not only the way he talks but just the way he’s got that swagger and confidence. I’m looking forward to when he is out there, seeing him snatch balls out of the air.” 

Jeffery is still on the Active/PUP list after rotator cuff surgery and might be in jeopardy of missing the start of the season, but head coach Doug Pederson seems happy with Jeffery’s progress so far. So … wait and see. 

Brewer, whom the Eagles hired after promoting Mike Groh to offensive coordinator, came from the University of North Carolina. But he first met Jeffery after the 2010 college football season at the 2010 college football awards ceremony in Florida at Walt Disney World. 

At the time, Brewer was there because he was co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Oklahoma State and his star receiver, Justin Blackmon, was also nominated for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, handed out annually to the best receiver in college football. 

The two spent a couple days “chewing the fat” within the group. After that, Brewer followed Jeffery’s career. According to Brewer, Jeffery still recalls the meeting and the couple days together. 

“He remembered he should have won it,” Brewer said with a smile. 

Of course, that’s pretty debatable. Blackmon ended up winning the award after a tremendous season. He beat out Jeffery (South Carolina) and Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma). 

Here are their stats from that year: 

Jeffery: 88 catches, 1,517 yards, 9 touchdowns

Blackmon: 111 catches, 1,782 yards, 20 touchdowns

Broyles: 131 catches, 1,622 yards, 14 touchdowns

A couple years later, all three players went in the first two rounds of the 2012 NFL draft. Blackmon went fifth overall, Jeffery and Broyles went in the second round, at picks 45 and 54, respectively. 

All three had great college careers, but Jeffery is the only one still in the league. Injuries derailed Broyles' career and off-the-field issues took Blackmon out of the NFL. Both haven’t played since the 2014 season. 

Meanwhile, Jeffery is coming off a season in which he played through a torn rotator cuff, got a big contract and won the Super Bowl. He probably isn’t very upset about not winning the Biletnikoff Award anymore. 

Brewer hasn’t gotten to coach Jeffery on the field yet, but he’s been around him plenty in the building and in the meeting room. He’s enjoyed that part of it, at least. 

“He’s in every meeting,” Brewer said. “He does everything everybody else does. Nothing different. He’s great with the young kids, although you wouldn’t know it because he’s soft-spoken. He’ll pull one off the side, ‘should have done this the other game.’ I had him over by us and he was great about it. ‘Coach, you see that?’ He has his way of delivering that. When he talks, people listen.” 

Brewer certainly did nearly a decade ago. Now, they get to do it on the same team. 

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Eagles Injury Update: Carson Wentz back in 11-on-11s next week

Eagles Injury Update: Carson Wentz back in 11-on-11s next week

Carson Wentz hasn’t participated in 11-on-11 drills since Saturday, July 28, the third day of training camp. 

That’s likely going to change next week. 

The coaching staff had backed off from Wentz in full-team drills because they were happy with what they saw from him during those early 11-on-11s and wanted to minimize any extra risk that having him out there in those situations would create as he recovers from ACL and LCL surgery. 

According to the plan — as secretive as the Eagles have kept it — Wentz expects to be back in 11-on-11s next week, an obvious good sign as he continues to keep his goal of being ready to play in Week 1. 

Doug Pederson said that he would ideally get to see Wentz in 11-on-11s for a week before he plays in a game. This new revelation would give Wentz three weeks in full-team drills before the opener on Sept. 6. 

Still, as Wentz said on WIP Tuesday morning, it’s “going to be close” as to whether or not he starts Week 1. 

“That’s what I felt really offseason,” Wentz said after today’s practice. “We’ve talked about it a ton. That’s been my goal. It’s no secret that it’s going to be close. We’ve seen where I’m at in camp and hopefully next week doing 11-on-11. I think, naturally, it’s going to be close. Ultimately, it won’t be my call, the coach’s call, ultimately, it’ll be up to the doctors.” 

Wentz said he’s no more or less optimistic than he was at the start of training camp about his chances to play Week 1. That’s probably a good sign, that things are progressing according to plan. 

Even though Wentz will be back in full-team drills next week, he still won’t be cleared for contact. That will be the last hurdle to get over. Wentz said his knee has responded well all training camp. 

What does he want to show Pederson during 11-on-11s next week?

“I think hopefully just show him that I look comfortable and I look confident,” he said. “And I know I will. The reps I have gotten, I feel confident in both my knee and this team and the offense and everything. Hopefully, I can just jump back into where I left off.”

In other injury news, Pederson said he wasn’t going to comment on a report that Alshon Jeffery could possibly start the season on PUP. Then he commented that the team is monitoring Jeffery and is happy with where he’s at.

“Not sure where that came from,” Pederson said of the report. 

Nelson Agholor, Corey Clement, Donnel Pumphrey, Josh Adams, Markus Wheaton, Mack Hollins, Asantay Brown and Chandon Sullivan all missed practice. 

Pederson said Agholor and Clement are dealing with “lower body” injuries and they are resting them as they get ready for Week 1.

I asked Agholor if there’s a chance he’d miss one. After laughing, here’s what he said: 

“I’m gonna let coach answer that, but you know me. I do what I need to do.” 

All those guys listed above aren’t expected to play in Thursday night’s preseason game, but Nick Foles should make his 2018 preseason debut. Foles has been back at practice this week after some neck spasms kept him out for the preseason opener.

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Alshon Jeffery still not practicing; what about Week 1?

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Alshon Jeffery still not practicing; what about Week 1?

With 3½ weeks to go before opening day, Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery remains on the Reserve-Physically Unable to Perform list, hasn't practiced during training camp and — as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted Monday — is uncertain to be ready for the season opener.

Rapoport is the same reporter who suggested that Carson Wentz could begin training camp on the PUP list one day before he was a full participant in practice.

Jeffery, who played the second half of last year with a rotator cuff injury, underwent surgery in February.

That Jeffery may not be ready for the Sept. 6 opener against the Falcons at the Linc is certainly no surprise. The Eagles have never indicated that Jeffery would be ready and he hasn't done any football-related activities during the first three weeks of training camp.

Head coach Doug Pederson said Saturday that Jeffery is doing well but remains very limited.

"He's doing a great job with his rehab," Pederson said. "He's in, I would say, more the strength phase with the weights and that part. He's still doing his lower body conditioning with running and doing some things that way with his legs, making sure his cardiovascular is good.

"He can't do a ton of stuff yet necessarily on the field because of the motion of the arm swing, but we can get him in the tanks, the pools, the Alter Gs, things like that, and get his cardio up. But kind of in the strength phase right now and really doing a nice job."

Jeffery caught 57 passes for 789 yards and nine touchdowns last year in his first year with the Eagles and added 12 catches for 219 yards and three TDs in the postseason, including an acrobatic first-quarter touchdown catch from Nick Foles.

Depending on when the Eagles believe Jeffery will be ready, they can either place him on regular-season PUP, which means he's out the first six weeks, or they can use a spot on the 53-man roster for him until he's ready.

If Jeffery were unable to play right off the bat, the Eagles would likely start Mike Wallace, whose stats were very similar to Jeffery's last year — 52-for-748 and four TDs.

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