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Drake: Jeffery exceeding expectations

Posted by Larry Mayer on August 8, 2012 – 6:40 pm

Bears receivers coach Darryl Drake is extremely pleased with how second-round draft pick Alshon Jeffery has performed during the first two weeks of training camp.

“He’s exceeded the expectations I’ve had for him so far in practice,” Drake said. “Does he need to continue to work and get better? No question; we all do as a group. We’re trying to set a standard and reach for perfection. That’s what we want. But I’ve been very pleased with him, very pleased with him in the classroom. Every aspect of his game I’ve been very excited about.”

On the unofficial depth chart the Bears released this week, Jeffery is listed second behind Devin Hester at one receiver position with Brandon Marshall starting ahead of Earl Bennett at the other.

Drake insists that it won’t be difficult to get Jeffery quality reps with so much depth at the position.

“He’s going to be out there,” Drake said. “We’re going to have a four- or five-man rotation. You have to put those guys in there. Devin Hester’s going to be doing a lot of work on the returns and it’s good to have a guy like Alshon Jeffery that you can put in there. Not only is it good for Alshon Jeffery, it’s good for Devin Hester. So there’s not going to be any problems getting him in the game. He’ll be in there a lot, no doubt.”

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