Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears' Alshon Jeffery: Brandon Marshall and I are the league's two best receivers

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The Chicago Bears’ passing attack was a problem for quite some time.

Once the team traded for quarterback Jay Cutler, acquiring him from the Denver Broncos, things began to pick up. Then, before the 2012 season, they acquired wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins and drafted former South Carolina Gamecocks’ star Alshon Jeffery. Last season, the pair blew up, combining for 2,716 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Their production led Jeffery to announce that they were the two best receivers in the league.

“I’m not the type of person that brags a lot about anything, but I feel that last year, what we did, we were at the top of the list as the two best receivers,” Jeffery told Rana L. Cash of The Sporting News.But that was last year. This year we have to set our goal and try our best to do the same thing we did last year, if not better.”

The relationship between the two receivers has really helped them push each other to become better players, says Jeffery.

“We motivate each other,” Jeffery said. “We compete against each other and we’ve got the same goals. We both want to win the Super Bowl and we want greatness.”

After a disappointing rookie season that saw him make just 24 catches for 367 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games, Jeffery blew up in 2013. He played in all 16 games and made 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

Marshall had 100 receptions for 1,295 yards and 12 touchdowns and now has 712 receptions for 9,050 yards and 57 touchdowns in his eight-year career.

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  • Cutler2Marshall312

    AJ17 was a natural born killer on the field last year and he’s even stronger this year his route running will improve as well as play recognition..it’s going to be a scary site if Marquis wilson shows any type of growth..Bears might just have the best WR trio in the league

  • Tim_Sims

    I’m going to assume Alshon misspoke and what he meant to say is that he and Marshall were the best receiver duo on any team in the league. Because what he actually said (that they’re the two best receivers in the league) is not even remotely true. The best receiver in the league is in their division, in Detroit, and the second best receiver is in Cincinnati, and they got to see both of those guys in person last year.

    But yes, as a duo, they were better than the top duo on any other team in the league last year, and they could be that again this year if they and Cutler stay healthy for most of the year.

    • Aphorism

      That’s not accuarately what he said, It was what the article’s title misinformed you to think he said, because articles like this pick the words they want to use to get readers even if it’s through the usage of “Click bait wording and out-of-context phrasing”. He said that the two together were the best in the league LAST year, but this year it doesn’t mean anything until they get on the field and see what 2014-15 has for them. Might still be an opinion, but it does hold SOME merit. I agree with your ending point.

      Lets see it again this year guys..pulling for you! BEAR-DOWN!

  • FJ doreza

    I would take issue when people say that a WR or RB had a bad season or failed to produce. Is it Alshon’s fault that he had such few receptions? Or, can you blame a RB for a poor season squarely on the player? Of course not, but they still do. THROW HIM THE BALL duuuuhh…If Cutler threw to him ten times a game no one would say he had a bad season..Now same thing goes with Marquess Wilson who has the talent to be better than Marshall, yes..I said it. Watch his highlight reel in college he looks like Marshall or Jeffery jumping up and making spectacular catches. He is a first round talent and the only way he shines is if CUTLER THROWS HIM THE BALL…Now a RB has to depend on a good OL for him to have room to run right? So why do they blame the RB? Anyway, the Bears have a chance to be one of the best receiving teams with 3 viable stars and they could also have an outstanding running game IF they get better at run blocking up the middle. The “show” isn’t bad, but to me Alshon is like a “Spider” out there, jumping, spinning with the ball just sticking to his hands like “Spider Man”.

  • FJ doreza

    How can you be called the best receiver based on how many catches or targets a player gets? Gordon IS the only WR that is any good in Cleveland, and personally I don’t care for Megatron. I’ll take Alshon with the deep ball or in the end zone over anyone..so does that make him the best? Only if you throw to him more than any other WR I guess..that’s just stupid.