Two months after his assure, Jeffery signed a one-yr, $14 million deal in free company with Philadelphia. He and the Eagles will play New England in Tremendous Bowl LII on Sunday, Feb. four, at U.S. Financial institution Stadium in Minneapolis.
No matter who his unique prophecy was referring to, Jeffery is near fulfilling it.
“You have to consider in one thing and converse it into existence,” Jeffery stated.
Clearly, profitable was one the receiver’s thoughts on the finish of final season, after profitable a complete of 14 video games his ultimate three seasons with the Bears. Chicago did not make the playoffs in any of Jeffery’s 5 seasons.
“On this offseason, in free company, I simply decided wanting on the groups the place I might probably go win a Tremendous Bowl,” he stated.
A type of was the Vikings, who had reported curiosity within the 27-yr previous broad receiver. Jeffery stated Minnesota “was up there” amongst his listing of attainable choices in free company, although he ultimately selected Philadelphia.
Why the Eagles? It is fairly easy: Carson Wentz. The quarterback caught Jeffery’s consideration when he led Philadelphia to a win over the Bears in 2016.
“He was making some performs together with his ft and together with his arm,” Jeffery stated.
Not getting Jeffery did not appear to have an excessive amount of of a adverse impact on Minnesota’s passing recreation this season. Case Keenum had a profession yr at quarterback, and Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen proved to be one of many league’s greatest receiving tandems. Had Jeffery landed in Minnesota, it might have been fascinating to see how the Vikings divvied up enjoying time and targets.
However you possibly can by no means have too many choices, one thing Philadelphia has confirmed this season. And, in signing Jeffery, Minnesota would have prevented Philadelphia—the Vikings’ ultimate, insurmountable hurdle to Tremendous Bowl LII—from including a a lot-wanted weapon.
In two playoff video games, Jeffery has hauled in 9 of 10 targets for 146 yards. He burned Minnesota within the NFC championship recreation to the tune of eighty five yards and two touchdowns. Within the largest of moments, he is been the large-play menace the Eagles wanted.
“He is a presence, definitely, on the surface for us,” Eagles broad receiver coach Mike Groh stated. “His physique sort and his ball expertise definitely are distinctive on this league. He could make numerous contested performs, he is sneaky quick, he is acquired wonderful arms—very robust palms—and so you recognize with all of the playmakers we’ve on the market at one time in our huddle, the protection has to decide.”
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