Doug Pederson ‘leaning’ on playing Alshon Jeffery vs. Bills

Alshon Jeffery is likely to make his Philadelphia Eagles debut against the Buffalo Bills Thursday. 

Ditto with Ronald Darby

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he’s leaning toward playing Jeffery and Darby against Buffalo. Both are expected to play just a series or two, similar to the reps Carson Wentz and the first-team units had last week against the Green Bay Packers. 

Wentz and the starters will play about the same length against the Bills.

“We’ve got four of these games. Obviously, if we can get all of our starters and the quarterback in game-shape mode, the bullets really don’t fly for real for another couple of weeks,” Pederson said. “The other thing, we guard against a hit, something in the game that might take (Carson) out.

“I guard against that a little bit, but again, I want to make sure he’s mentally in the right frame of mind to go in and start and put a drive together and see if we can get some points.”

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Jeffery has participated in 11-on-11 team drills over the past two practices. Monday was a good sign the Eagles were preparing to play Jeffery, as it was the team’s last full-padded practice of training camp (and before Thursday’s Week 2 preseason matchup). 

Darby has only participated in three sessions, but is listed as the first-team cornerback opposite of Jalen Mills.

Playing Thursday will prepare Jeffery and Darby for the Eagles Week 3 preseason matchup with the Miami Dolphins, which the starters will play at least a half in preparation for the regular season. 

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