Chicago Bears: Too Early to Doubt WR Alshon Jeffery

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The Chicago Bears enter 2013 in a state of transition. Lovie Smith is no longer at the helm, and Marc Trestman is now running the show. The name of the game is now offense. The legendary defense isn’t going anywhere, but it’s now time the franchise focuses on the offense, and on putting more points on the board.

One player that was added a season ago with this very thing in mind – Alshon Jeffery. An athletic specimen out of South Carolina, expectations were pretty high for Jeffery in his rookie season. Lining up opposite of Brandon Marshall, most expected he would get plenty of 1-on-1 coverage, and thus his production would be solid. Ultimately though, injuries derailed Jeffery’s rookie campaign, and he only took the field in 10 games.

His production in those 10 games was decent, as he totaled 367 yards and three touchdowns. Overall, it just wasn’t what most Bears’ fans expected. But, 2013 is a new year, and it’s still way too early to give up on Jeffery, even though some already have.

With the new emphasis on offense in Chicago, and the team’s addition of tight end Martellus Bennett, the Bears are sitting in position to take a step forward. If Jeffery can remain healthy, there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll make noticeable improvements on the field, and get closer to the receiver many projected he would be out of college. The physical attributes are there, now it’s a matter of learning the pro game, and Trestman’s offense.

If Jeffery doubles his production, and Chicago’s offense progresses like most project it will, the Bears should easily find themselves back in the playoffs in 2013.

 

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