Alshon Jeffery sparks Eagles offense with actions, attitude
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By Tim McManusESPN Staff Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz broke a cardinal rule on his first touchdown pass of the night Thursday against the New York Giants: Don't throw across your body into traffic, and definitely don't do it late.

Well, it was across his body to the middle of the field and it was really late -- the 6.77 seconds from snap to release was the third-longest by a player on a TD this season.

"But when you've got a guy like Alshon [Jeffery] in the back of the end zone," Wentz said, "you can really trust him to make a play."

And he did, hauling in the score with safety Landon Collins draped on his back.

Jeffery has inspired confidence throughout the offense since returning in Week 4 from offseason rotator cuff surgery. He evokes the feeling, tight end Zach Ertz says, "That no matter what, we're going to go out there and make plays. He kind of has that demeanor about him."

He's not the obvious candidate to be an emotional spark. He is quiet and soft-spoken much of the time. But there's a certain swagger that has proved infectious during his year-plus in Philadelphia, and he's got a defiant way about him that comes through in his...



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