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Rumor: Alshon Jeffery, ‘unlikely he’ll be on the 53-man roster’

Alshon Jeffery’s injury and status with the Eagles front office puts his 2020 season in peril.

DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks to Alshon Jeffery #17 during mandatory minicamp at the NovaCare Complex on June 11, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Alshon Jeffery suffered a Lisfranc foot injury back on December 9th. We don’t know much about his recovery at this point, but if all is well, he could be ready for Week 1 of the season. Jeffery’s recent history in Philadelphia has been tumultuous, as many have blamed him for talking to reporters critically about the team. That incident helped precipitate the Eagles wanting to trade Jeffery, but his injury has made that difficult.

Jeffery’s standing with the team is tenuous at best and the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Eagles reporter, Jeff McClane, believes Jeffery won’t be on the 53-man roster come Week 1. The situation isn’t good for Philadelphia, as Jeffery has little value in a trade. His age, injury, contract and recent body of work are in no way palatable for other teams.

McClane doesn’t have a good answer for the Eagles, so there is a chance they just hold onto Jeffery while they incorporate DeSean Jackson back into the fold along with second-year receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and rookie Jalen Reagor. If the team can feel good about what they have in those guys, they could let Jeffery go.

If Jeffery is let go, it will boost receivers Jackson, Arcega-Whiteside, and Reagor, and tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert in fantasy. We already know that Ertz will remain a strong fantasy play, but after that, Jackson could be in line for a useful amount of targets and could have sleeper appeal this season.