By Michael Donovan
When the Eagles signed wide receiver Alshon Jeffery last spring, they knew they were getting a supremely talented wide receiver.
But Eagles Nation didn’t know how hot he burns to win an NFL title.
The Eagles (9-1) have the best record in the NFL while the Bears (3-7), their opponent tomorrow at the Linc, are in the rear view,
”Winning championships is most important to me,” Jeffery told the AP. ”A lot of players make a lot of money, but some of them never make the playoffs.”
Jeffery had two excellent seasons and went to one Pro Bowl during five years in Chicago. But he never played a meaningful game in January.
The Eagles have a big lead in the NFC East with six games left so Jeffery should get his first taste of the playoffs, barring injury or a monumental collapse.
When he arrived in March, Jeffery said he believed quarterback Carson Wentz had MVP potential. Wentz leads the NFL with 25 touchdown passes and is the front-runner for the award.
”He’s a great leader on and off the field,” Jeffery said.
Jeffery isn’t much of a trash-talker so he downplayed facing his former team for the first time.
”Obviously, I still have friends over there,” he said. ”I’ve just been focused on what we’ve got going over here.”
The Eagles have a lot of depth and use all their players. Jeffery’s first in targets (80) and yards receiving (567) and tied for first with six touchdowns .
”Totally unselfish, hard worker,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. ”You just know these things take time, the chemistry, the opportunities, and so the confidence level grows. He’s made some huge plays, and that’s why he’s here.”