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.