“He's taking coaching well and learning, because, I mean, he missed the whole year last year, so this year he's progressing right where we need him to be,” Jeffery said. “He listens to the coaches, and he's making plays and he's having fun.”
Jeffery, the Bears’ franchise-tag player, is passing along subtle tips to White, who has missed just one open training camp practice, which, if nothing else, constitutes some progress for player who developed a stress fracture in his shin overtraining for the NFL combine last year.
The best glimpse of White in the preseason could come Saturday versus the Kanas City Chiefs, where the Bears' first team is expected to play at least one full half. While it’s not a requirement, it would be beneficial for White to get more involved offensively, without compromising what Chicago’s offense truly intends to do Week 1 at Houston, the story said.
“He’s taking coaching well and learning,” Jeffery said Sunday after practice at Halas Hall. “He missed the whole year last year, so this year he’s progressing right where we need him to be. He listens to the coaches and he’s making plays and having fun.”
Jeffery and White possess the potential to develop into one of the NFL’s top receiving tandems. Jeffery already has been voted to a Pro Bowl, his 3,728 yards are the most by a receiver in his first four seasons with the Bears, and he has recorded the top two most prolific games in franchise history by a receiver with 249 yards against the Vikings and 218 yards versus the Saints.
The Bears are hoping that White develops into the impact player they envisioned when they selected him with the seventh pick in the 2015 draft after he caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns at West Virginia in 2014. Knowing that they’re both big and strong, the 6-3, 218-pound Jeffery has encouraged the 6-3, 216-pound White to use his size as a weapon, the story said. The two could also make QB Jake Cutler a sneaky late pick in drafts.
A serious calf injury kept Alshon Jeffery out of commission for the entire 2015 preseason.
Jay Cutler does not want to see history repeat itself.
As Jeffery slowly returns from a minor hamstring strain, the quarterback thinks it’s important for the Bears’ No. 1 receiver to play in exhibition games.
“I think it’s going to be important for him to get a few reps out there, just to get used to football,” Cutler said Monday. “He’s been kind of on and off at camp, so just getting three games, four games in or just getting some reps, just getting his conditioning, will help him get ready to play football. Get some soreness and work through that, I think that would be good for him.”
Last year, Jeffery suffered a calf strain in a closed walk-through practice that forced him to miss all four of the Bears’ preseason contests. He returned to the lineup in Week 1, but wound up battling injuries throughout the year. Following the Bears’ decision to apply the franchise tag, Jeffery stayed away from the team’s voluntary offseason workout program. He reported to camp in good shape but tweaked his hamstring Aug. 3. On Monday, Jeffery did dress in full pads but worked exclusively on a side field. Jeffery is not expected to be active for Chicago's preseason debut Thursday night against the Denver Broncos, but his ultra-limited participation Monday is a sign the wideout’s health is improving, the story all said.
Fox isn’t known for being forthcoming with injury information, so it’s not a great surprise that he passed on the chance to share which muscle is bothering Jeffery although he did say that the heat was a consideration in shutting him down for the day.
As the story pointed out, this may not be a big deal with some players but given Jeffery's injury history over the past few years it's certainly something to keep an eye on.
Bears general manager Ryan Pace said Wednesday he isn't concerned that the failed contract negotiations will rub WR Alshon Jeffery the wrong way.
"Honestly, I feel really good about where he's at right now and kind of where we're at," Pace said, via ESPN. "I don't think it's going to affect him at all."
The franchise tag will pay Jeffery $14.599 million in 2016. The Bears wanted a long-term deal that would pay the 6-foot-3 receiver closer to $11 million per year, in the vicinity of the contracts recently signed by wideouts in the second-tier of the pay grade.
With Kevin White coming off a missed season, the Bears need Jeffery to stay healthy. Jeffery missed seven games in 2015 due to injury. When on the field, he can be a difference-maker. Factor in a talented White, and QB Jay Cutler certainly has some weapons to work with in this offense.
Jeffery missed seven games in 2015 as he battled a series of calf, hamstring and groin injuries. Despite those injuries, the Bears have complete faith in Jeffery's health and they proved it on Friday by hitting him with the franchise tag, according to ESPN.com.
The tag will guarantee Jeffery a one-year deal that's expected to be worth more than $14.5 million. However, the exact dollar amount won't be known until the 2016 salary cap number is finalized by the NFL.
It was an injury-riddled fourth season for Jeffery, who was on the injury report in 10 of 16 games and ultimately ended up on injured reserve in Week 16. However, he was fantastic when he was (relatively) healthy, catching 7.1 passes for 111 yards and 0.40 TD (on 12.1 targets) in the seven games that he played at least 70% of the snaps. Jeffery just needs to stay healthy and he’ll produce as he did in 2013 and 2014, when he finished #9 and #12, respectively.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 16. Looks like Jeffery is out for Week 16. Jay Cutler is less appealing as a streaming play, though he’s been decent (230 yards, 1.3 TD, 17 rushing yards) in the four games without Jeffery in the lineup this year. Eddie Royal becomes a decent desperation play, though he hasn’t cracked the 50-yard mark or scored a touchdown since Week 4. Marc Mariani and Josh Bellamy probably will round out the receiving corps.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm
“It just tightened up a little bit,” Jeffery said.
Jeffery has missed time with calf, hamstring and groin injuries this year.
Bears coach John Fox said Monday the club intends to monitor Jeffery throughout the week.
Sounds like the team will use caution with Jeffery for the remainder of the season. While Jeffery doesn't seem to think it's a big deal, it doesn't mean the team wouldn't consider not playing him in games. We'll continue to keep an eye on Jeffery's status this week leading up to Week 16.
Sunday, December 20, 2015, 7:35pm
Friday, December 18, 2015, 6:32pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (calf, illness, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 15. Jeffery should be able to play through the calf injury. He has gained 78 yards and/or scored a touchdown in seven of eight games played this year. The Bears play early on Sunday.
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:06pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (calf) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday, though Adam Hoge reports that he missed practice due to an illness, not because of the calf. He has gained 78 yards and/or scored a touchdown in seven of eight games played this year.
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