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Eagles Beat Writer Makes Strong Case to Cut Former Pro Bowler

David Kaestle
Alshon Jeffery and Carson Wentz celebrate.
Alshon Jeffery and Carson Wentz celebrate. / Eric Espada/Getty Images

When Alshon Jeffery first arrived in Philadelphia, it looked like the Eagles had finally found a true No. 1 receiver. Then the injuries began.

Jeffery missed three games in 2018 and six games in 2019. He has still yet to play in 2020. However, the Eagles made the decision to activate the former Pro-Bowler at the beginning of the season. Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane saw this as an "inexcusable" move and openly wondered if the Eagles should keep him around.

Jeffery was originally taken off the PUP list prior to the season because the team thought he would be ready before Week 7. Being on the PUP list would have kept him out through Week 6. Well, Week 6 has come and gone and Jeffery still hasn't seen the field.

McLane points out how younger players and serviceable veterans have been lost or not provided opportunities on the Eagles roster because of Jeffery using up one of those 53 roster spots.

With Jeffery, 30, now more injury-prone and the Eagles' focused on trying to develop younger talent, McLane makes a convincing case that it is time to cut ties with the former star wideout.

If anything, he is certainly taking up a crucial roster spot for a team riddled with injuries. Even if Jeffery can come back and be effective this season, the team doesn't know how long that will last. At this point, it might just be better for Philly to cut its losses.

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