On a day where All Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall took a day to rest and instead assist the other wideouts during training camp, his fellow starter had a tough day. Second year pro Alshon Jeffery is expected to take a big step this year under new head coach Marc Trestman, but if Friday was any indication, he still has a ways to go.
In his rookie year, Jeffery certainly performed well at times but not nearly as good as the Bears are hoping he will be in 2013. Only hauling in 24 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns, Jeffery knows he is needed much more this season and is ready to quickly improve upon his rookie campaign.
Friday, the Bears’ camp was put on hold for a few hours as they waited out a thunderstorm. The field soon dried up as the sun beat down on Bourbonnais, IL but Jeffery’s hands still seemed a bit slippery.
The former South Carolina standout ran with the starters as usual, but couldn’t manage to pull in the majority of balls thrown his way. He looked as though he was just having an off-day, but there is reason to be concerned.
Trestman’s new offense is quite complex and the players are said to have picked it up pretty well so far, but that may not be the case for Jeffery. He looked somewhat frazzled at times and dropped a good chunk of catchable passes.
The Bears should have their first three wideouts pretty secured with Jeffery joining Marshall and Earl Bennett, but beyond that the competition is wide open. Rookie Marquess Wilson and veterans Eric Weems and Devin Aromashodu are likely candidates to fill out the rest of the depth chart. However, there have been a few other guys that have stood out in camp at times.
Jeffery’s spot is secure, that’s a given at this point. But, his development sure needs to continue in the right direction. Working with Marshall this offseason should have helped that case in a big way. In all likelihood, Friday was a bad day and Jeffery will bounce back.