Second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery generated the top play in Sunday’s practice, using a late burst to haul in a long touchdown pass from Jay Cutler in 11-on-11 drills.
“We were going to take a shot,” Jeffery said. “Jay did lay it pretty far out there. At first I didn’t think I was going to get to it, but I made the play.”
The Bears traded up five spots in the second round of last year’s draft to pick Jeffery, who showed flashes while battling injuries as a rookie, catching 24 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games.
A year later, Jeffery is excited about being part of first-year coach Marc Trestman’s offense. “I love everything about it,” Jeffery said. “It just gets everyone involved.”
Jeffery knows that he will benefit from the extra attention defenses typically pay to Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall on the opposite side of the field.
“It’s a big advantage, but at the same time I’ve still got to just go out there and make plays and be tuned into the offense,” Jeffery said.
Trestman has been impressed with how Jeffery has performed to this point in training camp.
“He’s a quiet guy,” said the Bears coach. “He’s a very smart young man, very high football intelligence, a guy who learns very quickly and he’s got good sponsorship with Brandon and some of the other guys around him, so it’s been three very good days for him. We just hope he continues to progress and stays consistent in his effort and his productivity.”
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