WR Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears
|6-3, 216||Born: 2-14-1990||College: South Carolina||Drafted: Round 2|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): "Finally!", say Jeffery's owners, as he had a massive game against the Vikings, setting him up for a WR1 run down the stretch in the pass-heavy Bears offense.
General News (Fri Nov 21): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.
General News (Thu Nov 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Nov 19): did not practice on Wednesday.
Week 12: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Jay Cutler finally broke out of his slump with a good game vs. Minnesota - 31/43 for 330 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions helped generate the 21-13 win that Chicago needed quite urgently. Cutler relied on the usual suspects last week, throwing 17 targets to Alshon Jeffery (11/135/1 receiving) and 10 to Brandon Marshall (7/90/2). Matt Forte (six for 6/58/0) and Martellus Bennett (four for 4/29/0) accounted for most of the other passes caught vs. Minnesota. We'll see if Cutler can stay on track this week when the Buccaneers come visit the Windy City. Speaking of Tampa Bay, they are currently ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 266.1 net passing yards allowed per game with 20 passing scores given up over 10 games played, with just eight interceptions (tied for 19th in the NFL) and 20 sacks (tied-20th) generated so far. Robert Griffin III was sacked six times for -40 yards last week, on the way to 23/32 for 167 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, while Matt Ryan was sacked just once for -7 yards two weeks ago (20/31 for 212 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown). The Buccaneers aren't as vulnerable to opposing passers in November as they were in September, but Washington and Atlanta have struggled with their passing games in the second half of the season as well - not all the improved results are due to Tampa's efforts. On balance, this looks like a good matchup for the home-team Bears.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 10 vs GB (12 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Jeffery doesn't look like the same player we've come to know and love. The wide receiver who registered two games of 200-plus receiving yards last season has struggled to complete catches in 2014. This was evident Sunday night against the Packers, when Jeffery hauled in just six of his 12 targets for 63 yards. While much of his lack of production can and should be attributed to the Bears' lack of a down-field offense, Jeffery has be losing one-on-one matchups for the ball. He's lacked the ability to go up and over the defender to secure the ball. Jeffery no longer can be considered a top-tier wide receiver. Until the Bears offense re-establishes the run game to force the defense to bring another defender in the box, Jeffery will continue to struggle to make big plays.
2014 Week 11 vs MIN (17 / 11 / 135 / 1 rec)
Alshon Jeffery was back to being Alshon Jeffery on Sunday after a few very pedestrian outings. The Bears' No. 2 receiver caught 11 passes on 17 targets for 135 yards and one touchdown. The 17 targets, seven of which came 10 or more yards downfield, are the second-most of Jeffery's career. He benefitted from what appeared to be a more confidence Jay Cutler. The Bears' quarterback wasn't afraid to take shots down the field to Jeffery or Brandon Marshall. Cutler attempted seven passes (season average: 4.1 attempts) that traveled 20 or more yards downfield, five of which went in Jeffery's direction. One reason for the uptick could be the arrival of fellow receiver Marquess Wilson, who returned to the field for the first time after breaking his collarbone during training camp. While Wilson didn't play a large role on the stat sheets, his speed is enough to make defenses second guess putting a double team on either Marshall or Jeffery. If this trend continues, expect to see Viking-like performances from Jeffery.
Latest NewsBears | Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery probable (Fri Nov 21, 04:06 PM) - Chicago Bears WRs Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) are both listed as probable for Week 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Marshall was limited for the second straight day Friday, Nov. 21, while Jeffery practiced in full after being limited Thursday, Nov. 20. link to story Bears | Alshon Jeffery limited in practice (Thu Nov 20, 05:09 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. Our View: Jeffery and the Bears offense looked much better last week, and he should put up WR1 numbers this week against Tampa Bay, whose defense has been underwhelming all year.
link to story Bears | Alshon Jeffery misses practice (Wed Nov 19, 04:34 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. Our View: Keep an eye on this situation with Jeffery. Hamstring injuries can hang around and become problematic if not given enough time to heal.
link to story Bears | Alshon Jeffery finds end zone twice (Sun Nov 16, 04:49 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery managed 11 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings. Our View: Jeffery converted a ton of targets into a massive stat line. It is impossible to leave him on your bench next week against Tampa.
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