The Philadelphia Eagles had terrible luck with wide receivers last season. Injuries struck the group and Alshon Jeffery was the top wide receiver in terms of yards with 490 in only ten games. Two tight ends and a running back were ahead of him on the team leaderboard.
Jeffery is an interesting player. He turned 30 years old this offseason and hasn't had a 1,000-yard season since 2014 with the Chicago Bears. Another disappointing season in 2019 led to his name showing up in trade rumors this offseason, but there we no takers and his $26 million dead cap figure prevented him from being released. Thus he is back in 2020 and is easily the team's biggest boom-or-bust player.
Jeffery joined the Eagles in 2017 and had 789 yards and nine touchdowns en route to a Super Bowl victory. He then finished 2018 with 843 yards before a down year in 2019 that ended with a foot injury, cutting his season short. The Eagles responded by drafting receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round and trading for Marquise Goodwin.
A slow start for Jeffery may relegate him to a reserve role right away. The team is hoping for the player who started all 16 games in 2017 and had 120 targets. Not the guy who finished 2019 with 43 receptions and a foot injury.
The injury is the key here as well. The "boom" scenario sees him return healthy and get back to his No. 1 receiver ways. The "bust" is him literally limping into the season and losing a starting spot without much of a fight.