Mike Groh, wide receivers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles is expecting big things from Alshon Jeffery after what he considers to be his best offseason performance since he broke into the league.
In 2013 Jeffery set career highs with 89 catches and 1,421 yards, along with 7 touchdowns. He hasn't been able to catch those highs since, at least until this season.
That's what Groh believes anyway, and he should have some pretty good insight into Jeffery's game, considering he coached him for three seasons in Chicago.
"He and I have a history together, so he knows what I think, and I understand the way that he works and goes about his business," Groh said. "I think the spring that he's had is as good as he's had since maybe 2013. Pleased with where he is physically, mentally I think he is in a good place. He's coming in here and learning a new system and working on the chemistry with] and everything like that, but it's been a good spring for him."
The Eagles took a bit of chance on Jeffery when they signed the free agent wide receiver in March to a one-year deal worth up to $14 million. The Eagles need a number-one guy for Wentz, which the promising young quarterback sorely lacked last season.
Jeffery's best seasons have come while being coached by Groh, and the Eagles are banking on getting career defining numbers out of him this season.
"Well I think that says a lot about Alshon and Brandon that they would bring myself and Carson Walch, who was an assistant receivers coach that year, both of us out there to Hawaii as a celebration of the seasons that they had. That's what it's all about," Groh said. "We want to help them be as successful as they can as coaches and be the very best player they can be, and just for them to spend their own money to bring us out there says a lot about them. And I think just having that player-coach relationship, it's really a partnership, and trying to help him become the very best he can be, and if he can do that, we're going to have more success on offense."
If Jeffery can stay healthy, he was limited to 9 games last season due to injury, he has all the tools at his disposal to recapture the rookie form and numbers he put up back in 2013.
The Eagles have set Jeffery up to accomplish great things in Philadelphia this season.
Source: Tim McManus - ESPN · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS