WR Alshon Jeffery - Chicago Bears
|6-3, 216||Born: 2-14-1990||College: South Carolina||Drafted: Round 2|
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General News (Thu Dec 18): did not practice on Thursday (he was excused).
Week 16: vs Detroit Lions
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Everyone who watched the Bears play on Monday Night Football this week saw how unmotivated and generally poorly Jay Cutler is playing right now - he got spammed by the Saints' pass rushers for seven sacks totaling -41 yards, and hit another seven times for good measure. His passes were off-target for a good portion of the evening, leading to 17/31 for 194 yards passing, with three interceptions and two late, cheap TDs after New Orleans was in prevent mode (up 24-0 at the end of the third quarter). Marquess Wilson did snag a TD after being catapulted into the starting lineup due to Brandon Marshall's season-ending ribs injury (five targets for 3/16/1 receiving for Wilson), and Martellus Bennett handled six for 4/36/0 during the game. Alshon Jeffery got a last-minute TD to salvage his fantasy outing (nine for 4/78/1), but the malaise of the playing-out-the-string Cutler infected the entire passing attack which looked lethargic and apathetic for much of the game. Uh oh, Bears' fans. The Lions' pass D allowed 31/48 for 256 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown (with three sacks taken for -24 yards) back on Thanksgiving Day three weeks ago - since then, Josh McCown has slung 20/39 for 207 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions (taking six sacks for -43 yards) and Teddy Bridgewater threw 31/41 for 284 net yards, one TD and two interceptions (with four sacks taken for -41 yards) lsat week. As you can see, attacking Detroit is generally done in this phase of the game - the Lions do not shut down opposing passers they way they do opposing rushers, but they do generate a lot of turnovers (Detroit is tied for second in the NFL with 19 interceptions to their credit this year). Chicago looked so bad on Monday Night Football that we're calling this a neutral matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs DET (13 / 9 / 71 / 2 rec)
Alshon Jeffery was the Bears' best receiver in Thursday's loss to the Lions. On 13 targets, Jeffery hauled in nine catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Aside from tight end Martellus Bennett, Jeffery is the only receiver Jay Cutler can count on anymore. Brandon Marshall's disappearance has made Jeffery's like more difficult, as now opposing defenses can key in on Jeffery. Despite the Bears' struggles, Jeffery has registered six touchdowns in the last three games. That makes him a top receiver in any league.
2014 Week 14 vs DAL (9 / 6 / 95 / 1 rec)
Alshon Jeffery hasn't looked healthy since the preseason. He's been on and off the injury report with ankle and hamstring injuries all season long. But that didn't stop the Bears' No. 2 receiver from hauling in six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Jeffery has taken over for Brandon Marshall as Jay Cutler's favorite target. On the season, in the same number of games, Jeffery has 12 more catches than Marshall on 13 more targets. Despite playing with a hamstring injury, Jeffery's touchdown catch was amazing. He adjusted to a Cutler pass to the back left corner of the end zone, running around the defender in order to make the catch. Few receivers in the league have the ability to adjust to a ball as well as Jeffery. That's saying a lot about the third-year receiver out of South Carolina. With Marshall now out for the season, expect Jeffery to get the lion's share of the targets from here on out.
2014 Week 15 vs NO (9 / 4 / 78 / 1 rec)
There's reason to be concerned with Alshon Jeffery's performance. Jeffery caught just four of nine targets for 78 yards and a garbage-time touchdown. He no longer creates separation in his routes, and odds are his nagging hamstring injury has something to do with it. With Brandon Marshall out for the season, Jeffery becomes Jay Cutler's No. 1 receiving option. The Saints game planned to stop Jeffery, because the Bears receiving group has very little depth. This will be the case from here on out. Jeffery is going to have to work really hard for his catches, yards and touchdowns. WR Marquess Wilson You can tell by watching Marquess Wilson that he's still a little bit lost out on the field. The second-year wide receiver is enduring some growing pains at the moment, at a time when the Bears need him to step up in place of Brandon Marshall, who's out for the season. Wilson's best game of the season came Monday night against the Saints. He caught three passes on five targets for 16 yards and a touchdown. The Saints secondary plays a very physical brand of football, something Wilson needs to get used to, with his slender frame and all. Too easily, Wilson gets knocked off his route, forcing him to use quickness to get to his spot. It hasn't worked out very well since his Week 11 return from a broken collarbone.
Latest NewsBears | Alshon Jeffery doesn't practice (Thu Dec 18, 04:41 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (non-injury related) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 18. Our View: Jeffery should play, as injury doesn't seem to be a factor here. Overall his value has taken a hit, since the offense is a mess and Jimmy Clausen is the starting quarterback now. As that is the case, he's no more than a low-end WR2 with a ton of risk this weekend.
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