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Marshall impressed with rookie receiver

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 20, 2012 – 2:54 pm

Brandon Marshall acknowledged that it may be too early for Alshon Jeffery to begin crafting his Hall of Fame speech. But the veteran receiver has been very impressed with his rookie counterpart.

“What does [Bill] Parcells say? Let’s not induct him in Canton yet,” Marshall said with a laugh. “But if he continues to do what he’s doing, he’ll have a chance to get great in this league.”

Jeffery has performed well in training camp and the Bears’ first two preseason contests, catching a game-high four passes for 35 yards against the Broncos and three passes for a team-leading 62 yards versus the Redskins.

“I’m really impressed with his game,” Marshall said. “I’m really impressed with his ability to take in what we’re trying to accomplish in the playbook. You can tell he’s been really coached and I look forward to big things out of him this year.”

Marshall, who had only 20 receptions as a rookie before recording 102, 104 and 101 in his next three seasons, feels that the adjustment from college football to the NFL is different for everyone.

“I’m seeing guys like A.J. Greene, Alshon, Julio Jones, you’re seeing those guys come in and make an immediate impact right away,” Marshall said. “For me, I wasn’t the professional right away that I should have been. 

“Alshon is a guy who gets it early. And you’ve got guys like me who talk to him about continuing to stay on that path and be professional. He’s ahead of schedule.”

Marshall hasn’t and won’t speak with Jeffery about the 15-yard penalty the rookie drew against the Redskins when he ripped off cornerback DeAngelo Hall’s helmet during a shoving match.

“One thing we talk about around here is we want to play physical,” Marshall said. “We’re going to be smart, absolutely. We don’t want to get those penalties. But it’s hard to play this game while letting people punk you.

“Everyone knows DeAngelo Hall, what type of player he is. He’s a great player, but he’s feisty and he knows how to get under people’s skin. We’ll be smarter next time, but we want [Jeffery] to be physical and have that aggression out there on the field.”

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