Alshon Jeffery Fantasy News
Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 8:18am
Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss was asked to compare WR Aaron Dobson to other NFL receivers: "...two players who come to mind a little bit from an athletic and outside-receiver perspective are San Diego's Malcom Floyd and Chicago's Alshon Jeffery. There's a gap there between the two -- Jeffery is the better player -- and that's the range in which I peg Dobson's potential."
As a rookie, Dobson caught a respectable 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns, but he flashed some big play ability in his 5-130-2 outing against the Steelers in early November. His FP/T (1.05) was average, but if he can beat out Brandon LaFell and Kenbrell Thompkins for a starting job, he should produce with Tom Brady throwing the ball. He only played 63% of the snaps as a rookie.
As Buccaneers QB Josh McCown said, WR Mike Evans has to learn the playbook before he’ll be truly effective. And he’s been bothered by a hamstring injury, which has limited his time in OTAs. But watch him go up and effortlessly pluck the ball with a one-handed grab in OTAs and the comparisons to Alshon Jeffery become even more apparent. “Oh yeah, he’s missed a lot [of offseason work], there’s no other way to sugarcoat it,” HC Lovie Smith recently said. “We wanted Mike taking every rep — as a rookie you need to take every rep. Around the league, it happens, especially with a lot of new guys that those last couple of weeks they’re doing a lot of traveling, don’t work out exactly how they should, but we saw enough and we know who Mike is. He’s going to help us win a lot of games, [and] he’s gotten better. We need him, we can’t let him re-injure that hamstring, so we’ll be cautious with him.”
The article does a nice job of breaking down how the Bears use Jeffery, and how the Bucs might use Evans. As a rookie, Jeffery struggled to a 24-367-3 season in 10 games, missing time due to a broken hand and an injured knee. Jeffery is now a top 10 wideout after an excellent second season, but the struggles in his first year are a reminder that rookie wideouts rarely live up to expectations.
In his first full year as a professional, Marquess Wilson gained weight, experience and knowledge. The 6-3 receiver reported to the Bears’ organized team activities — which resume Wednesday at Halas Hall — last month at 207 pounds, having added bulk and explosiveness after participating in fellow receiver Brandon Marshall’s offseason workouts in Florida. ‘‘It’s better [than] last year because last year I was thinking a lot on the field,’’ Wilson said. ‘‘This year I can just play. I feel freer on the field. It just feels good.’’ The Bears are counting on him. Despite catching only two passes last season, Wilson is penciled in as their No. 3 receiver behind Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. ‘‘If I know my role and if I know the plays, I shouldn’t feel pressure on myself,’’ said Wilson, a seventh-round draft pick in 2013. ‘‘I can’t play with pressure. I’ve got to play with confidence.’’
Wilson is the rare WR handcuff because he's likely to post fantasy starter numbers if either Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery miss time with injury.
Bears beat writer Michael C. Wright was asked about the team's WR3: "I think Marquess Wilson is that extra receiver you’re thinking about. He’s a rising second-year player, coming off an offseason in which he trained out in Florida with Brandon Marshall. And you saw what training with Marshall did for Alshon Jeffery. The plan right now is to give Wilson first dibs at that No. 3 receiver job, and I think the staff is pretty confident he’ll wind up winning it. Wilson was a highly-productive player in college, and was able to step in as a rookie last season and contribute. I think Jay Cutler is pretty comfortable with Wilson, too."
The Bears' WR3 last year (Earl Bennett) wasn't a featured player in the offense, so we're not expecting Wilson to be one of the more productive WR3s in the league unless something happens to Marshall or Jeffery. The team has a lot of mouths to feed in the passing game with Martellus Bennett at tight end and Matt Forte at running back.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:33am
Bears WR Marquess Wilson said today he weighs 207 pounds. As a rookie last season, he was listed at 184.
Wilson is expected to win the WR3 job, which means fantasy owners should have him on speed dial if either Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery go down with an injury.
it definitely appears Marquess Wilson will receive first stab at winning the job as this team's No. 3 receiver. He worked as the No.3 receiver with the first team on offense.
Wilson is a tall (6'3") second year receiver who may be fantasy relevant, especially if either Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery miss time due to injury in 2014. The Bears pass it enough to support three fantasy receivers, but we're counting Martellus Bennett in that group. Wilson will hold flier value if he earns the WR3 job.
On The View, Bears WR Brandon Marshall did in fact sign a new three-year, $40 million extension.
This should mean that Marshall is signed through 2017, his age-33 season. He and Alshon Jeffery will continue to make a formidable duo.
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.
According to beat writer Brad Biggs, the Bears have signed QB Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract.
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.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 6:55pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle, probable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jeffery should play in a good matchup with the Giants. He has posted 15-325-2 in the last two games and also had a 27-yard rush.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 5:25pm
Limited for Bears was WR Alshon Jeffery (ankle).
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 6:53pm
Bears WR Brandon Marshall (back) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. He left practice with a "tight back," but should be able to play in Week 3. Alshon Jeffery would get extra targets if Marshall can't go.
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins is still in phase 1 of the concussion program. Ruled out for Sunday.
He's been in the first phase for a while. This is definitely something to consider when deciding who to draft in the 10th/11th round. There are healthier options out there (i.e. Kenbrell Thompkins, Alshon Jeffery, Chris Givens, Golden Tate, etc.).
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.
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.
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