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WR Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears

6-3, 216Born: 2-14-1990College: South CarolinaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 24): Jeffery was a week killer against a Packers secondary missing its top three corners, but the good news is that Jay Cutler (who knows how to feed Jeffery) is returning this week. Minnesota is a tough draw, but Jeffery is still a strong WR2 at worst going forward, and a WR3/Flex this week.

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Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs DET 56 0 0 0 5 3 46 0 0 4.6
5 at IND 61 0 0 0 6 5 77 0 0 7.7
6 vs JAX 74 0 0 0 13 7 93 0 0 9.3
7 at GB 45 0 0 0 11 3 33 0 0 3.3
8 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
8 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs GB (11 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

No Chicago Bear has been more affected by the injuries at quarterback, and this entirely was the case in Thursday night's 26-10 loss to the Packers. Jeffery's fortunes only got worse Thursday night when Hoyer left the game with a broken arm. It really wouldn't have mattered what Jeffery did after the ball was snapped, Matt Barkley lacked an ability to hit any receiver in stride. The Pro Bowl receiver finished the game with 11 targets but only three catches for 33 yards. The only saving grace Jeffery has now is the fact that Jay Cutler potentially could return next week against the Minnesota Vikings.

2016 Week 6 vs JAX (13 / 7 / 93 / 0 rec)

Alshon Jeffery is not a happy camper right now. In the first half of Chicago's 17-16 loss to Jacksonville, Jeffery hauled in six receptions for 90 yards. He was all over the field, giving fits to Jaguars' defensive backs. Then, in the second half, it all turned sour. Jeffery largely disappeared, catching only one pass for three yards. Jeffery's final box score featured seven catches for 93 yards on 13 targets. After the game, Jeffery went off when speaking to reporters, saying, ""We gotta score fuc**** touchdowns. That's it. Touchdowns win games. S**t. You see what three points get us." The Brian Hoyer-led Bears only scored one touchdown in four trips to the red zone. Disappearing in the second half has been Jeffery's M.O. in the past few weeks, basically since Hoyer took over for Jay Cutler. Hoyer's inability to move the ball down field in big chunks has hurt Jeffery's production more than anyone else on the team. So it should come as no surprise that he's unhappy with the status quo in Chicago. This will be an interesting storyline to watch play out in the coming weeks.

2016 Week 5 vs IND (6 / 5 / 77 / 0 rec)

Alshon Jeffery has fallen on tough times in the Brian Hoyer-led Chicago Bears offense. Jeffery only saw six targets, catching five of those targets for 77 yards in Sunday's 29-23 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Three other guys -- Cameron Meredith (12) , Eddie Royal (9) and Zach Miller (8) -- all saw more targets than Jeffery. The decrease in production shouldn't come as a surprise, though. It's pretty clear that Jeffery's strengths do not align with Hoyer's. For Jeffery to be as effective as possible, he needs to get down the field. Hoyer doesn't throw many passes down field. This offense, under Dowell Loggains, is playing things conservatively to capitalize on Hoyer's ability to convert passes within 10 yards on the line of scrimmage. That zone is not a place Jeffery frequents.

2016 Week 4 vs DET (5 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

Alshon Jeffery served as a great decoy in the Bears' 17-14 win over the Lions. Jeffery is known for making big plays downfield. But no, not Sunday against Detroit. Jeffery caught only three passes on five targets for 46 yards. Jeffery only tied for third on the team in targets. The lack of production really doesn't have anything Jeffery is or isn't doing, it more so is because Brian Hoyer is more efficient throwing underneath. When Jeffery runs 15-plus yards down the field, he draws enough defensive attention to create space for pass-catchers like Kevin White, Eddie Royal and Zach Miller. Don't expect this trend to change until opposing defenses adjust to Chicago's willingness to move the ball in smaller increments.

2016 Week 3 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)

Alshon Jeffery was questionable on the injury report with a hamstring injury heading into Sunday night's game. So it should be no surprise that we was hobbling around a bit throughout the game. Jeffery has millions of reasons to be on the field every week of the season, seeing as he's playing on the franchise tag and every missed game is a missed opportunity for him to show NFL teams just how good he can play. Nonetheless, Jeffery caught five passes for 70 yards on seven targets. Dallas' defense put its top corner on Jeffery throughout the entire game, ultimately forcing Brian Hoyer to beat the Cowboys in other ways. The Bears, at this time, don't have another wide receiver that's good enough to warrant attention away from Jeffery, so it's going to be an uphill climb each and every week this season.

2016 Week 2 vs PHI (7 / 5 / 96 / 0 rec)

Alshon Jeffery was hands down Chicago's best offensive player in Monday's loss to the Eagles. Catching five passes on seven targets for 96 yards, Jeffery gave Bears management another reason to rip up the franchise tag and lock him up long term. Jeffery is one of the most difficult receivers to cover in the league. He's big; he's strong; and he can jump really high. In back-to-back weeks now, Jeffery has picked up big yards on what's become his signature catch, "the jump ball." Jeffery and Jay Cutler connected for a 49-yard gain against the Eagles, a play that put the Bears in position to punch it in the end zone. Jeffery is a really good wide receiver, one of the best in the league. But it will be hard for Jeffery to show off his talents playing for this team, next to a broken offensive line and a (possibly) broken quarterback.

2016 Week 1 vs HOU (6 / 4 / 105 / 0 rec)

Jeffery had a great game and was the best offensive player on the field for the Bears. His deep catch was the biggest play of the day and his layoff in the preseason did not seem to affect him. He was getting a great release, separating from defensive backs, and timing his leaps impeccably. He could have his best year yet if he can stay healthy. Jeffery did have a drop when the Bears needed a big play to get them going in the second half, but it was still a solid day for him.


Latest News

Bears | Alshon Jeffery bottled up again (Fri Oct 21, 12:50 AM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery tallied three catches for 33 scoreless yards on 11 targets in a Week 7 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Our View: Jeffery was finally healthy, but his balloon popped with the rest of the Bears offense when Brian Hoyer went down. Hold Jeffery, but bench him against the Vikings next week.
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Bears | Alshon Jeffery finishes with 93 yards (Sun Oct 16, 06:14 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery caught nine passes for 93 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6.

Our View: Jeffery had a huge first half against rookie Jalen Ramsey, but Ramsey did a lot better job in the second half, allowing only one catch for three yards. The good news is that Jeffery looks as healthy as he has in weeks and #1 Packers corner Sam Shields was still out with a concussion this week. If Shields can't go next week, Jeffery will be close to WR1 status for Week 7.
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Bears | Alshon Jeffery in uniform (Sun Oct 16, 12:52 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.

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Bears | Alshon Jeffery may not be fed more targets (Sat Oct 15, 12:47 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery ranks 15th in the NFL in receiving yards per game (78.8), but he is tied for 48th with only 31 targets. The latter part of that statement doesn't appear to be a problem for head coach John Fox, who disputed the notion his offense needs to get Jeffery the ball more often despite seeing a fair amount of double teams.

Our View: Fantasy owners need to realize how Jeffery is being utilized differently -- and perhaps incorrectly -- this year. Starting QB Brian Hoyer has already stated that he's not going to force-feed the ball to Jeffery. He has WR1 talent, but we can only see him as a WR2 getting his 5-7 targets per game.
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Bears | Alshon Jeffery questionable (Fri Oct 14, 07:51 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.

Our View: Jeffery still isn't 100%, but he is good enough to be worth a WR3/Flex start against Jacksonville. Brian Hoyer has said he won't force the ball to Jeffery, and secondary targets like Zach Miller and Cameron Meredith emerging means he doesn't have to.

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