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Saturday, October 15, 2016, 12:29pm
Five-plus weeks into the NFL season, Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery has been targeted with 31 passes, making him tied with eight other players for 49th in the NFL. There are six players ahead of Jeffery that have played only four games, including teammate Kevin White. Despite the exodus of other top targets like Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte, Jeffery's targets per game average is down to 6.2 a week after averaging 9.4 per game over the last three seasons.
Still, Bears coach John Fox does not necessarily think Jeffery needs to be thrown the ball more often.
"We would like to have the ball more. We would like to score more points," Fox said Friday, per the Chicago Tribune. "But there's only one ball, and it's hard to get it to everybody. I think he has been what I would consider -- I think our opponents do too -- pretty productive."
While Fox doesn't seem to mind, publicly at least, the fact is Jeffery is more talented than Eddie Royal and Zachary Miller, who have more catches than Jeffery this season. Considering the team is 1-4 and averaging just 17 points a game, this is something that may change sooner than later.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 9:35pm
Week 7 at Green Bay
Alshon Jeffery finished with 13 targets last week, nearly doubling his previous season high (7). He finished with a solid 7 receptions for 93 yards, but still failed to find the end zone for the sixth consecutive game.
Jeffery has been pretty good all season long, and we finally saw him a little more involved with the offense last week. He'll get a favorable matchup against the Packers on Thursday night, and should continue his streak of success.
We view Jeffery as a low-end WR1 play this week.
2016 Strength of Schedule - CHI
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2016 Game Stats
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