Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery came out of South Carolina as an underclassmen with plenty of concerns about his off-field issues, but with the belief by many draft analysts that he could emerge as the top wide receiver from the 2012 NFL Draft class.
On Sunday afternoon against the New Orleans Saints, Jeffery finally put together the breakout performance his team was hoping for by hauling in ten catches on 13 targets for 218 yards and a touchdown. It was the second straight week that Jay Cutler targeted Jeffery more than any other receiver on the team.
After the game, Jeffery’s fellow wide receiver Brandon Marshall offered some high praise for the young receiver.
“I’ve always said this guy could be the best to ever do it,” Marshall said, via Scott Krinch of CSN Chicago. “He’s probably going to shatter all the Bears’ records by the time he’s done at the receiver position. That’s one of the only positives from our offense today.”
It is great to see Jeffery finally step up and deliver the performance that everyone had been waiting for and there is no reason to believe he will come back to Earth anytime soon.
With the fact that Cutler continues to look his way as Marshall attracts the attention of opposing defenses, the opportunities will be there for Jeffery to continue to emerge as one of the best young wideouts in the game.