The Philadelphia Eagles signed star wideout Alshon Jeffery this offseason to a one-year deal worth $14 million plus incentives. Prior to joining the team, Jeffery put up some nice solid numbers in his five seasons with the Chicago Bears. Unfortunately, he spent most of his time waiting on passes from a mediocre quarterback in Jay Cutler. Now, he has the opportunity to utilize his skills under a much more younger and efficient QB in Carson Wentz.

Jeffery is expected to make his debut in the Eagles' Thursday game against the Buffalo Bills. According to "Bleeding Green Nation," he sat out of the team's preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers last week as a "precautionary measure." Jeffery and head coach Doug Pederson both are reportedly comfortable with the idea of the former Pro Bowl receiver giving it a go in the matchup against Buffalo. As usual, the starters will get limited action, so Alshon is not expected to be on the field for too long in his debut.

Matchup against the Bills and importance of recent trade

The Eagles basically solidified Jeffery as the guaranteed starter after trading third-year wideout Jordan Matthews to the Bills for cornerback Ronald Darby. So, despite the lack of minutes the starters will likely play, the game could still be a little competitive being as though the trade just occurred last week.

Matthews has been Philly's star receiver for the last three years but his value helped the team get a much-needed cornerback like Darby that can cover defenders well and make stops. The move will also create more room for Alshon to get more touches this season.

The luxury of catching passes from Carson Wentz

Many people believe Carson Wentz has the talent to be a future NFL Hall of Famer.

After dominating in college, Wentz made his pro debut last season and coach Pederson allowed him to throw the ball much more than folks expected. He broke the NFL rookie record for pass completions in a season with a total of 379. However, he lacked the talent at the wide receiver position to make big plays down the field consistently.

Now, with the addition of Alshon Jeffery, Wentz is believed to have found a solid go-to-guy in the former pro bowl receiver.

Both players will be equally important to each other this season and Wentz can easily help Jeffery get back to being an All-Pro wideout and one of the best in the league. Thursday's game will be the first of what Philly fans hope to be of many great ones for the Wentz to Jeffery connection.

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