Alshon Jeffery Fantasy News
Marquess Wilson penciled in as Bears WR3
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2:42pm
Marc Trestman said the Chicago Bears are not "anointing" Marquess Wilson as the No. 3 receiver in the offense, but the coach hopes the second-year player can develop like Alshon Jeffery did a year ago.
Wilson apparently will get the first shot at replacing Earl Bennett, who was released Tuesday after declining to take a pay cut. It creates a sizeable void in the offense. Bennett was only fifth on the team in receptions with 32, but he was on the field for 51.2 percent of the snaps.
That means the Bears must replace Bennett’s playing time with a new wide receiver or make a subtle shift in the offense and not rely on three-receiver sets as often. Wilson, a seventh-round pick last year from Washington State, has a wide-open opportunity.
“I think he showed that we can work with him and develop him,” Trestman said Sunday at the NFL owners’ meeting. “He’s got the football intelligence that we’re looking for and the ability to be flexible within the offense. He was consistent. So we’ll see how it goes. We’re not anointing people at this point in time. He’s going to have a chance to compete and be a part of what we do after Alshon and Brandon (Marshall). We’ll see how it goes. We’ve got a long way to go but we like (Wilson) and we’re excited about him to develop him and work him.”
Bennett wasn't much of a fantasy factor, and there probably aren't enough targets to go around to make Wilson fantasy-relevant (top 60) in 2014, though he looks like a good prospect in dynasty formats. He'll be a good handcuff for either Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery in deeper leagues.
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Bears sign Jay Cutler to seven-year deal
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 10:53am
No numbers have been released yet, but they are bound to be big given how quickly this deal went down. Cutler averaged 16.9 fantasy points per game in the 10 games where he attempted at least 10 passes. That average tied Ben Roethlisberger for 16th among QBs. Under Marc Trestman, the Bears threw early and often, and the offense has a bright future given the weapons (Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett) at Cutler's disposal.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 5:25pm
DeAndre Hopkins (concussion) ruled out for Sunday
Thursday, August 22, 2013, 8:40pm
Cutler: Alshon Jeffery has had the 'best camp' of any offensive player
Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 1:24pm
Bears QB Jay Cutler on WR Alshon Jeffery: "[Alshon Jeffery], I think has probably had the best camp out of everybody on offense. He's done a great job this offseason of getting better, getting physically stronger and gaining my trust. I love throwing it to him."
Brandon Marshall was also highly complimentary of Jeffery earlier in camp. Jeffery is shaping up as a breakout candidate in Marc Trestman's pass-heavy offense.
Brandon Marshall calls Alshon Jeffery a "beast"
Thursday, August 1, 2013, 9:38pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery spent six weeks of that offseason working with Brandon Marshall at Marshall's training facility, Fit Speed in Weston, Fla. Marshall said Jeffery's body fat got down to 8 percent at 215 pounds.
"He was softer last year, much softer," Marshall said. "Now he's strong. He's a beast."
For Jeffery, it has been about more than lifting weights and overspeed training. It also been about listening and following a player who has been where he wants to go.
"He's like a sponge," said Marshall, a four-time Pro Bowler. "I say, 'Hey bro, this is how you take care of your body.' So he's eating right. Got a chef. Seeing a chiropractor. Getting massages. Studying film. Working out hard. I can't say enough about what he put in."
Jeffery is a breakout candidate after flashing some potential in his rookie season. Working out with Marshall certainly can't hurt; it sounds as if Jeffery has figured out how to be a professional. The team's passing offense should take a step forward with new head coach Marc Trestman at the helm.
Sunday, July 14, 2013, 9:35pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery, the second-round draft pick from a year ago, flashed promise when he was on the field. Jeffery had 24 catches for 367 yards and three touchdowns but missed six games with knee and thumb injuries.
"I'll say this about Alshon: He's really invested," receivers coach Mike Groh said. "I have seen improvement in the very short time I have been able to work with him. He certainly has tremendous potential."
We rank Jeffrey 50th, but there is certainly some potential in a pass-heavy offense for him to finish higher than that. He's a late-round flier at this point with an ADP of about the 13th round.
Monday, July 8, 2013, 8:58am
Bears WR Brandon Marshall set franchise records with 118 receptions for 1,508 yards last season and the Bears scored 375 points, 22 more than they had the year before, when Johnny Knox led all wide receivers with 37 receptions.
To be a dynamic offense, the Bears have to have multiple threats on a weekly basis. Alshon Jeffery, who missed time in the spring with a hamstring injury, has to be more durable and advance in his second season.
We rank Marshall fourth among our WRs with an ADP of the second round. We do predict a bit of a drop from last year in overall numbers, but the hope is new head coach Marc Trestman doesn't mess with the chemistry too much. Also be aware Marshall had minor surgery to clean up his hip and missed a great part of on-field work in minicamps - as a precautionary measure.
Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:20am
The team held out Jeffery as a precautionary measure after the second-year receiver suffered a minor hamstring injury last week during organized team activities. Wilson also missed because of what coach Marc Trestman called a “light” hamstring tweak. Marshall participated in the first day of minicamp, but the Bears want to be careful with how they handle his recovery from offseason arthroscopic hip surgery.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:15am
“I just wanted to learn from someone different and do things different,” Jeffery said. “Plus, he’s a Pro Bowl player. I want to see what it takes.”
When he arrived at Fit Speed, Jeffery weighed in at 225 pounds with a body fat percentage of 11 or 12 percent. When he checked out a few weeks ago, Jeffery weighed 219 pounds with eight percent body fat.
“Alshon made tremendous strides,” said Matt Gates, Fit Speed’s co-owner and director. “He’s a really good kid, a really hard worker. He doesn’t say much, but I like that.”
Keep Jeffery in mind as a sleeper as a starter opposite Marshall in the Bears offense, which should get a shot in the arm with the arrival of sharp offensive mind Marc Trestman as head coach.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 1:31pm
Jeffery averaged 2.4 catches for 37 yards and 0.3 TDs in 10 games in his rookie season.
Saturday, February 2, 2013, 12:00pm
Although Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall remains on crutches following arthroscopic hip surgery, he said he plans to mentor second-year wideout Alshon Jeffery this offseason and will begin training with him on Monday in South Florida.
"I'm excited because this kid has the potential to be an All-Pro one year," Marshall said of Jeffery Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "If he just changes some little things, the way he approaches the game as far as physically and mentally, he's going to be a beast. Because he has that dog in him, he has that in him, that you want in a receiver ... a guy who is going to make plays for you.
"For me, I always started training the week after the Super Bowl, and he's going into his second year so it shouldn't be a problem for him. As I'm getting a little older, I have to change the way I attack it. Starting off, our routines will be a little different, but just getting him with the right people, nutritionists, trainer, chiropractors and all that stuff. (It's about) showing him the other side of the business, showing him it's not just about coming to work and going on the field. There is so much more to the game that will allow you to be successful if you just do it. I'm excited to have this position."
Jeffery's PPG (6.1) equates to the #45 WR, so he had WR4 value on a per game basis. He has some upside in 2013 given the changes in Chicago and Marshall's investment in him.