WR Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears
|6-3, 216||Born: 2-14-1990||College: South Carolina||Drafted: Round 2|
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General News (Tue Feb 2): is too valuable to not re-sign with the Bears this offseason, according to ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson. Dickerson said Chicago can't afford to let Jeffery leave, especially since they drafted and developed him.
Week 21: bye week
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 15 vs MIN (5 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)
Alshon Jeffery historically dominates the Minnesota Vikings. Not Sunday, though; not even a little bit. The Bears' top wideout caught only one pass for 10 yards and a touchdown. What's worse is Jeffery only received five targets on the day. Minnesota's pass defense isn't exceptional or anything, Jeffery simply wasn't able to shake free of his coverage. Jeffery's mediocre performance came against a Minnesota defense that was without its top linebacker and safety. You'd think Jeffery would have been able to find enough space for Cutler to hum a few balls his way. Cutler has a tendency to lock on Jeffery whether or not he's open. Why that wasn't the case Sunday, who knows. It's worth pointing out that Jeffery left the game in the third quarter after suffering a hamstring injury, though he did return a series later. Injuries have hampered Jeffery all season long. As the Bears decide if Jeffery is worth of top receiver money, injuries definitely should be factored in to the decision.
2015 Week 14 vs WAS (9 / 6 / 107 / 1 rec)
The Bears' No. 1 wide receiver had himself a bounce-back game in the 23-20 loss to the Redskins. Coming off a subpar effort in the crushing loss to the 49ers in Week 13, Jeffery hauled in six passes on nine targets for 107 yards and a touchdown. Jeffery found a lot of success on plays where Jay Cutler would move out of the pocket, extending the play long enough for his receiver to beat the coverage. Four of Jeffrey's six receptions resulted in first downs, and one resulted in a touchdown. Despite Eddie Royal being back on the field, giving Cutler another potentially dangerous target, the Bears' offense wasn't very creative in finding ways to get Jeffery open, without a play having to break down in order to make it happen. Jeffery is the guy every opposing defense focuses on when the game starts. The Bears have no other threats in the passing game to help alleviate some of that focus. It's too bad rookie first-round pick Kevin White isn't going to make a surprise appearance this season. He's the type of player Jeffery needs on the field, a guy who can stretch coverages and command an over-the-top presence.
2015 Week 13 vs SF (12 / 4 / 85 / 0 rec)
Alshon Jeffery turned in a very underwhelming performance Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The game, on paper, looked ripe for Jeffery to have a monster game, but the Bears' top receiver caught only four passes for 85 yards on 12 targets. Bracket coverage, some off-target passes, a questionable dropped pass or two and a lack of creativity in the play calling are the primary reasons for Jeffery's struggles. Injuries cannot be blamed this week, as Jeffery was not listed on the Bears Injury Report at all during 49ers week. Perhaps it had something to do with Josh Bellamy lining up as the Bears' No. 2 receiver, allowing the 49ers to load up defenders. Jeffery is a better player than he showed in the loss to San Francisco. Nonetheless, Jeffery is set to be a free agent this offseason, and he wants to be paid like a No. 1 receiver. Here's the problem: No. 1 receivers win the battles Jeffery lost Sunday.
2015 Week 12 vs GB (11 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)
Having Alshon Jeffery back was huge for the Chicago Bears, especially Jay Cutler, who relied on Jeffery for a lot of yards after the catch when the Bears had to throw on shorter routes to try and negate the fierce Packers pass rush. It worked too, and Jeffery had several big runs for yards after shorter passes, many for first downs. Jeffery had one huge blunder on the day, as he lined up a yard and a half offsides, which ended up negating a nice catch and run by Matt Forte. It was especially bad considering he was about as close to the ball as a receiver can be, so he should have known how badly lined up he was. On the positive side he nearly made two huge catches, one nearly for a touchdown in the end zone on a fade route where he couldn't keep his feet in while he made the catch. The other was down the sideline, and while he didn't come down with the ball, he did draw a pass interference penalty which extended the drive. Overall, Jeffery had a solid game and was a big part of the reason the Bears were able to move the ball on a tough Packers defense.
2015 Week 10 vs STL (4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Not every week will be Alshon Jeffery week. After putting in a huge effort in last week's win over the San Diego Chargers, Jeffery barely was heard from in Sunday's win over the Rams. Jeffery only caught three passes for 23 yards on four targets. His lack of production can be attributed to relentless double teams by Rams defenders. St. Louis defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was determined to not let Jeffery beat his team. But Jay Cutler found other ways to beat the Rams, primarily rookie running back Jeremy Langford and backup tight end Zach Miller. Jeffery played the role of a decoy against the Rams, and he played the role marvelously. Nothing to see here in terms of the lack of production. It happens. As opposing defenses now start to adjust to Cutler's adjustments, Jeffery will start to see more light down the field.
2015 Week 9 vs SD (16 / 10 / 151 / 0 rec)
In a word, Jeffery was uncoverable. Seemingly the only times he wasn't able to dominate the game were the times he did it to himself. A couple of drops put him behind by a bit early on, but he more than made up for lost time with an outstanding final three quarters. His evening started off poorly when he was unable to haul in a deep jump ball in the end zone on the opening drive, as the defender did a nice job going high and getting his hands in the way to knock it down. Soon after, Jeffery had his hands on a third down pass play that should have extended a drive, but he just dropped it. Then he and quarterback Jay Cutler couldn't get on the same page, as Cutler threw a pass outside while Jeffery turned inside, and the pass resulted in an interception and San Diego touchdown. But that seemed to awaken something in Jeffery, because the first play after the interception resulted in Jeffery blowing by his defender for a 47-yard reception. Cutler tried looking for him in the end zone, but the defender managed to find the ball and flick it away at the last second. And Jeffery's final (and perhaps best) chance of finding the end zone ended with him being tackled at the 1-yard line. He caught the pass at the 5-yard line, was tripped up, tried regrouping in mid-air and lunging for the end zone, but his elbow touched down with the ball at the 1. In the second half, Jeffery did just about everything. Some very poor tackling by San Diego defenders allowed him to take quick screens upfield and muscle his way for extra yardage. His last scoring opportunity came on a leaping grab around the 5-yard line. His defender had fallen down, and if Jeffery had been able to maintain his footing, he likely would have easily walked in for the score. But he stumbled upon making the catch, and was easily touched down on the field of play. By the end of the game, Cutler started realizing he didn't even need to make good throws to get the ball to Jeffery; just get it in his general vicinity, and he'll make the play more often than not. Curiously, San Diego never rolled any additional coverage towards him, so he just dominated his defender all game.
2015 Week 8 vs MIN (15 / 10 / 116 / 1 rec)
Oh how Jay Cutler must love to have Alshon Jeffery back on the field. In the two games since returning from injury, Jeffery has caught 18 passes (37 targets) for 263 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears' offense doesn't move vertically unless Jeffery touches the ball. This was very evident in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Vikings. For much of the first half, offensive coordinator Adam Gase kept the ball close to the line of scrimmage. Not one of Cutler's first five passes traveled more than five yards downfield. It wasn't until Jeffery got involved did Cutler and the offense find any sustained success. On the Cutler-to-Jeffery touchdown, the wide receiver shook off the cornerback approximately 10 yards into his route, enough to open a window for Cutler to float the ball in for a touchdown underneath the safety. The Vikings really struggled to cover Jeffery despite winning the game. Late in the third quarter, Cutler found Jeffery on a back-shoulder throw for 28 yards and a first down. While the pass was thrown well, Jeffery adjusted to the ball perfectly at the last minute to secure the catch over two Minnesota defenders. Playing for a new contract this season, Jeffery looks like every bit of the No. 1 receive the Bears need him to be.
2015 Week 6 vs DET (11 / 8 / 147 / 1 rec)
Alshon Jeffery was a man of action Sunday against the Lions. Playing in his first game since Week 1, Jeffery returned to the field and caught eight passes on 11 targets for 147 yards with a touchdown. Jeffery's mere presence on the field opens up so many areas of the offense for Jay Cutler and the rest of the offense. Cutler found Jeffery on two jump-ball passes that resulted in big plays for the Bears, one of which went for 45 yards. Even when Detroit doubled Jeffery, Cutler still was able to find him because of the type of ball he was able to throw in the direction of his 6-3 receiver. Jeffery can go up for high balls like few other receivers in the game, and his ability to get downfield provides Cutler with a weapon he doesn't have with a Martellus Bennett or Eddie Royal. It's pretty amazing how much differently the Bears' offense looks and feels when Jeffery is on the field. Playing for a new contract, look for Jeffery to return from the bye week with money on his mind.
2015 Week 1 vs GB (11 / 5 / 78 / 0 rec)
Plagued by a calf injury that cost him the entire preseason, there was some question as to whether Jeffery would even play against the Packers. But play he did, to the tune of five catches on 11 targets for 78 yards. Jeffery lacked the burst we've come to expect, but he did not lack explosion to the ball. The calf did not appear to be a problem as Jeffery was leaping up and over Packer defenders. The Bears' passing attack against the Packers protected Jeffery to an extent. The game plan didn't ask Jeffery to burn down the field, to beat the Packers over the top. But as Jeffery's health returns, that definitely will change. In a balanced scheme, with Matt Forte running the ball 20-plus times a game, Jeffery is going to start finding success in the latter two-thirds of the field. As the season progresses and the Bears' new-look offense gets more comfortable, offensive coordinator Adam Gase likely will use Jeffery similarly to Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders last season in Denver.
Latest NewsBears | Chicago negotiating with Alshon Jeffery (Wed Apr 27, 02:26 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the team, according to general manager Ryan Pace. link to story Bears | Alshon Jeffery not working out (Mon Apr 25, 05:54 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not show up for offseason workouts, according to a source. He is training in South Florida, according to a source, with the Bears' permission. Jeffery has already signed his franchise tag and is training in order to fix the soft tissue problems in his hamstring that plagued him in 2015. Our View: If he's there with the Bears' permission, then this is a non-issue. Jeffery is expected to report for mandatory minicamp from June 14 to June 16, if not sooner.
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