The Chicago Bears have the best wide receiving duo in the NFL in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, and are expected to have yet another big season this coming year. Jeffery took the league by storm last season and became one of the best big play wide receivers in the game. That brings up the question, what are realistic expectations for Jeffery next year?
Jeffery played in all 16 regular season games last season with the Bears, catching 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. The statistics speak for themselves, and show that he is indeed one of the NFL’s premier playmakers. He is a physical freak, and will have an even larger role this coming season with Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offense.
There are so many different things that could happen for Jeffery this season with the Bears, but his work ethic will likely carry him to a higher level than this past season. Marshall has always been Cutler’s favorite target, but that could very well change this season with the playmaking ability that Jeffery showed for him last season. More than likely, Jeffery’s targets will go up and his usage inside the red zone will grow as well.
Standing at 6’3″ and possessing amazing athletic ability, he is a matchup nightmare for any opposing defensive back. He is just 24 years old and has plenty of room to grow as a player, which is scary to think about in and of itself. The Bears have mainly used him as a deep threat, but it will be very intriguing to see if he is used more in the short game as well. If they decide to get him the ball in open space more often, he could use his large frame and athletic ability to make plays.
Overall, the expectations are through the roof for Jeffery. The Bears know that they have a legitimate number one option in him, and they are going to target him and use him much more often than they did last year. Marc Trestman will continue putting the football in Cutler’s hands, and that will give Jeffery the chance to come up with an even bigger year than he had last season. Chicago fans have a lot of reasons to be excited about the upcoming season when it comes to Jeffery.