There’s a Chicago player that has 561 receiving yards through 7 weeks of play, it must be Brandon Marshall, right? Wrong. It’s 2nd year man Alshon Jeffery and he is a man on fire. Tied with Eric Decker for the league lead for receiving through the past 5 weeks of play, Jeffery has been unstoppable lately. Sadly, the injury of quarterback Jay Cutler could be a big blow to Jeffery’s recent dominance.
Measuring in at 6’3, 216 pounds, Jeffery has become one of the premiere deep-threats in the league this season. With blazing straight-away speed and quick moves, there is no safe way to cover Jeffery. Despite only 2 touchdowns this season, he provides some much needed intangibles for the Bears.
Now that the league is well aware of his abilities, defenses can no longer afford to double team Brandon Marshall. This opens the field up drastically for the Bears offense, and leaves for serious mismatches for either Jeffery or Marshall. Jeffery has also learned the importance of run-blocking from Marshall, and has paved the way for an extremely productive season for Matt Forte so far.
Undeterred by the emergence of Alshon, Marshall actually welcomes the on-field competition with exceedingly open arms.
“I’ve always said this guy could be the best to ever do it,” Marshall said on Jeffery. “He’s probably going to shatter all the Bears’ records by the time he’s done at the receiver position.”
While this sounds like a lofty claim, Jeffery certainly has the potential to be an elite receiver over the next couple of seasons. Unfortunately for the Bears, quarterback Jay Cutler is out the next 4-6 weeks with a groin injury. Just as their rapport was peaking, it will have to be put on hold. But be sure to keep an eye on Alshon when he’s paired with the right quarterback, it could be very special.