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.