WR Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears
|6-3, 216||Born: 2-14-1990||College: South Carolina||Drafted: Round 2|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Jeffery is dealing with a hamstring issue that was supposed to cost him Week 2, but he still played and put up three catches for 47 yards - not a total disaster. He didn't seem to suffer any setbacks and has an extra day to prepare for Week 3's MNF game at the Jets, so he should be safe to play in Week 3.
Week 3: at New York Jets
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Jay Cutler was limited for most of the game against San Francisco, but a series of late turnovers fueled his stat line by providing easily-reached red-zone opportunities. When the dust settled on the Bears' comeback win, he'd pitched 23/34 for 176 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions. He did all the above after taking a vicious crown-of-the-helmet hit to his chest, which he described after the game as 'feeling like my chest hit my backbone'. It was quite a display of toughness on Cutler's part. Brandon Marshall powered through a sore ankle to haul in 5/48/3 (eight targets) on the night, while Martellus Bennett handled eight targets for 7/37/1 receiving. Alshon Jeffery, also nursing a sore ankle, managed six targets for 3/47/0 receiving - the Bears' walking wounded got the job done last week, but stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News for their practice status later in the week as both Marshall and Jeffery were clearly gimpy during the game. The Jets' pass D is ranked 17th after two games, averaging 221.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing scores given up vs. zero interceptions generated (they have six sacks to date, tied for sixth in the NFL). Last week, Aaron Rodgers torched this secondary for 25/42 yielding 310 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (four sacks taken for -36 yards). Once the Jets were past the rookie Derek Carr in Week 1, their secondary was exposed by Rodgers and company. Cutler and company have a good matchup, and as the Jets' rush D is so stout, look for Cutler and whoever is healthy enough to take the field on Sunday to have a solid game against the suspect Jets' secondary.
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Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 1 vs BUF (6 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
Despite Marshall's role as the No. 1 receiver on this Bears team, let's not for a second pretend that Marshall is the team's best big-play threat. Jeffery is that guy, and he showed it Sunday when Cutler hit him for a 44-yard gain. The receiver's day was cut short due to a hamstring injury, so the already small sample size we use to evaluate got substantially smaller. By all accounts, Jeffery looked to be every bit of the receiver he was in 2013. He played in exactly 37 of the Bears' 74 total offensive snaps, missing the final 37.
2014 Week 2 vs SF (6 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Jeffery entered Sunday's game with a hamstring injury. He left Sunday's game with three catches on six targets for 47 yards and a win. His hamstring injury clearly played a role in what we saw out on the field. Jeffery couldn't burn down the field, and he struggled to cut in and out of breaks. Usually you don't want to risk furthering an injury when the injury is connected to one of your best players. But Sunday was an exception, because the 49ers got called for three interference/illegal contact penalties against the Bears' injured wideout. The threat alone is what caused the 49ers to commit fouls. Despite the low output, there really is no need to fear, Jeffery will be back to 100 percent sooner rather than later.
Latest NewsBears | Alshon Jeffery limps through game (Sun Sep 14, 11:45 PM) - Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) played in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, and he was held to three receptions and 47 yards with no scores. Our View: Jeffery's numbers weren't horrible if you waited for him. He didn't look 100%, but didn't seem to suffer any setbacks. With an extra day of rest against the Jets on Monday night, he should go and look better than he did tonight.
link to story Bears | Alshon Jeffery active (Sun Sep 14, 07:06 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is active for the Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Our View: Jeffery seemed even more questionable than Marshall, so he is the riskier play of the two. Still, it is probably better to play him than a low confidence option like Stevie Johnson, Trent Richardson, or even Carlos Hyde.
link to story Bears | Alshon Jeffery likely to sit out (Sun Sep 14, 09:15 AM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is likely to miss the game Sunday, Sept. 14, on Sunday Night Football. A source said they're 75 percent sure that Jeffery won't play in Week 2. Our View: Jeffery has never looked likely to play this week. He should be on your bench. Sitting is best for his season-long status as hamstrings are easy to aggravate and make worse when players come back too early.
link to story Bears | Alshon Jeffery questionable Sunday (Fri Sep 12, 04:07 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers after practicing in a limited fashion Friday, Sept. 12, and taking part in some of the full team drills. Head coach Marc Trestman said the team will continue to monitor Jeffery's status before Sunday, Sept. 14. Jeffery was a little guarded when asked if he thinks he'd play against the Niners. Our View: Jeffery looks more likely to sit than play, and if he is active, there is no guarantee of his effectiveness, number of snaps, or how long he'll last this week. Err on the side of benching Jeffery for Week 2.
link to story Bears | Alshon Jeffery misses practice again (Thu Sep 11, 04:50 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday, Sept. 11. Our View: Check back to see if Jeffery can go ahead and practice on Friday. The Bears need him in a bad way. At this time, think of Jeffery as a flex play until we hear more about his hamstring.
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