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|At long last, the Bears decided to revitalize their wide receiver depth chart in the offseason and Jeffery was part of the equation, with Chicago grabbing him in the second round of this year’s draft. Maturity issues, poor quarterback play and too much time at the buffet caused Jeffery’s draft stock to fall but he figures to have a chance to open the season in the Bears starting lineup provided he puts in the time during the preseason. At 6’3” and 216 pounds, he is a big receiver who will likely be used on short and intermediate routes but he also has enough speed to be an occasional deep threat. Unfortunately, while Jeffery clearly has more upside than Devin Hester and Earl Bennett, he will likely split the scraps that Brandon Marshall leaves behind with those two players during his rookie season. If the Bears were a high flying offense, Jeffery might be worth taking a flier on but that clearly won’t be the case with new offensive coordinator Mike Tice running the show. Consider Jeffery waiver wire material in 2012 and a solid prospect in dynasty formats.
| Alshon Jeffery misses practice Thursday -- Thu Aug 4 4:55 pm --|
|Alshon Jeffery missed practice Thursday with a hamstring strain, HC John Fox said.
He suffered the injury Wednesday, seven days after GM Ryan Pace said Jeffery needs to stay healthy coming off a year in which he missed seven games because of leg muscle injuries.
Fox downplayed Jeffery's latest strain, calling it mild. He was asked how the Bears might make sure this injury doesn't linger as Jeffery's calf strain did last season. (Chicago Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Fox called his receiver's current ailment "mild", but durability has long been one of Jeffery's biggest issues. While he is essentially a rookie posing as a second-year player, Kevin White is healthy in 2016 and one of the most gifted players at his position in the league, so Jeffery is a poor bet to see the kind of target share (at least 29 percent in six of his nine games in 2015) that he did last year. When factoring in his injury history, he's shaping up to be a high-risk WR2.
|Long-term deal unlikely for Alshon Jeffery -- Fri Jul 8 9:00 am --|
$14.6 million franchise tag
|There's a stalemate going on in Chicago, and if one side doesn't budge, Alshon Jeffery might find his way out of the Windy City. "There's not a lot of confidence," Garafalo said on Thursday's episode of NFL Total Access. "I sense that both sides really don't feel strongly about this one. That's because Alshon Jeffery's got a $14.6 million tag. The Bears wanted to come in a couple of million below that." (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: The deadline for franchised tagged players to get a long-term deal is 4 p.m. ET on July 15. It sounds like the Bears star wideout will be playing under the franchise tag this season. Jeffery missed seven games last year due to calf and hamstring injuries. Despite the contract situation Jeffery is being viewed as low-end WR1 and expected to be the main weapon in the Bears offense.