Alshon Jeffery’s Health Pivotal To Chicago Bears’ Success in 2013
To say that the Chicago Bears‘ passing attack in 2013 was one-dimensional would be a grave understatement. Jay Cutler looked like he was playing with only one wide receiver at times as his faith in any wideout not named Brandon Marshall was pitifully low in 2012.
General manager Phil Emery thought he addressed the need last season when he drafted Alshon Jeffery with the 45th overall pick. Coming out of South Carolina, there were a few question marks, and the biggest one was what kind of shape Jeffery would stay in. If his rookie year is any indication of what kind of career the second-round pick will have, Bear fans are in for a roller coaster ride.
Jeffery first hit the injury report in week five when he broke his wrist in a game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars–this would keep the rookie out of action for a total of four games and would briefly return in week 10. Unfortunately, Jefferey would miss time later in the year with an injured knee. Aside from the obvious negative of poor health, the Bears may have an All-Pro wideout if he can stay on the field.
Cutler and Jeffery still have some work to do, but the 24 balls that the rookie caught last season will surely go up in 2013. In addition, the big-play wide receiver was a threat in the red-zone–Jeffery caught three touchdowns as a rookie which is likely to skyrocket once he gets more NFL experience under his belt. Martellus Bennett may steal a few red-zone targets away from the ex-Gamecock, however I think Jeffery will still play a big role to the Bears’ success in 2013.