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Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 9:01am
Despite Bears WR Kevin White’s pedestrian statistics in preseason, Alshon Jeffery thinks the second-year wideout is on track to experience regular-season success.
“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.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 3:41pm
The best news for Alshon Jeffery is that he’s healthy heading into the season. Injury issues really ruined his 2015 campaign, although he still manage to excel in the games he played. In nine games, Jeffery finished with 807 yards (90 per game) and four touchdowns.
Jeffrey wasn’t just a yards receiver, either. He had a solid three-game stretch (when he was arguably the healthiest) where he had 8-for-147, 10-for-116 and 10-for-151. If he can manage maintain numbers like those in 2016, he can put himself in position for being the top five at his position.
When Jeffery did play in 2015, he didn’t have a ton of help around him. This season, the Bears will have talented wideout Kevin White to play opposite of Jeffery, which means it’s possible the veteran won’t see as many targets.
The Bears are also likely to focus more on running the football considering the stable of backs they have. Jeremy Langford showed promise last season, and the team took Jordan Howard in the draft.
There are a lot of reasons to like Jeffery this season. He shined in 2013 and 2014 when he was healthy, and should do the same this season if he stays on the field. The good news about last season is Jeffery’s not coming off of a major injury. He just had several lingering issues that kept him from playing to his full potential.
He should be a safe bet to be a top 10 wideout in both standard and PPR formats.
2016 Strength of Schedule - CHI
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||6.00||89.67||0.44||10.44||14.94||0||0||0||0||0.00||56.22/69.22||80.90% |