Jay Cutler believes Alshon Jeffery is set up pretty well to thrive in his first year with the Philadelphia Eagles. Now the body just needs to hold up.
The former Chicago Bears quarterback-turned-Fox analyst joined Adam Schefter’s Know Them From Adam podcast this week and was asked how his former batterymate will do with Eagles QB Carson Wentz this season.
Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery put their heads together for some big plays during their days in Chicago. AP Photo/Alex Brandon
“He’ll do well,” Cutler responded. “Mike Groh is there, the wide receivers coach. He had Al in Chicago when we were all there. Mike knows him really well, can get the most out of him.
“And I think that Al knows this is a huge year for him. You know, it’s another one-year deal for him. I mean, if he stays healthy and he works hard, I mean, the guy is unbelievable. He’s just had some bad luck with some injuries that have kind of plagued him. You know, one injury will lead to another injury to another injury. It’s hard at that position to battle back and get healthy again and be productive.”
Jeffery has missed 11 games over the past two seasons, scoring just six touchdowns during that stretch after racking up 20 TDs over the first three years of his career. He was suspended four games in 2016 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances and was slowed by various injuries. Playing with three different quarterbacks as a result of Cutler’s shoulder ailment, the 27-year-old Jeffery finished with 52 catches for 821 yards and two scores. With the market not quite as giving as he would like, he signed a one-year deal with the Eagles that can be worth as much as $14 million.
Jeffery cited the presence of Wentz as one of the reasons he chose to spend his “prove-it” year in Philly. Though the on-field relationship is very much a work in progress, Wentz has already seen the benefit of being paired up with soft-handed, 50-50 ball-winning wideout.
“For the most part, I think we’re all clicking together,” said Jeffery. “We’re all getting to know each other.”
Cutler spoke well of Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and his offensive system, and thinks the team is taking the right approach by surrounding Wentz with weapons early in his career –including his old partner.
“So I would think if Al’s healthy, he’s going to have a good year,” he said.
You can listen the entire interview here.