Alshon Jeffery
It’s lying season. Doug Pederson says Alshon Jeffery is a “big part” of the offense and exactly zero people believe him. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Lying Season: Doug Pederson Says Alshon Jeffery “Big Part” Of Offense

I like to write news stories during the NFL offseason because I do think you can find good stories indicating future plans for coaches. A good example last year was Bruce Arians hyping up Chris Godwin. It was clear he wanted Godwin more involved in the offense and I saw it coming. Sometimes, you get funneled bullshit. This next story fits that mold.

It’s lying season, folks. Doug Pederson says Alshon Jeffery is still a “big part” of the Eagles offense. Exactly zero people believe him:

“He’s a big part of our offense and we do plan to have him in the offense at some point,” Pederson said via Philly voice. “If there’s a couple games he’s not ready, we’re not going to put him out there, we are going to wait for him to get ready. … He is a great leader and he’s going to help the young players come along.”

Jeffery, 30, is on his last leg. The former South Carolina product is recovering from Linfranc surgery and he’s probably not going to even suit up for the first few weeks of the season. Pederson is hyping up Jeffery for one reason. He’s expensive and Philadelphia screwed up by extending him.

The Eagles will eat a $26 million dead cap hit if they outright cut or trade him. Philadelphia is stuck with him next year too and Jeffery has shown serious signs of decline.

Alshon Jeffery
(Philly Voice)

If Philadelphia believed in Jeffery, they wouldn’t have traded for Marquise Goodwin. They wouldn’t have drafted Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins, and John Hightower to go along with Greg Ward and DeSean Jackson. The Eagles have zero faith in Jeffery. This is called being backed into a corner and being forced to lie.