Take the time to watch any of Bears rookie wide out Alshon Jeffery’s highlight packages on YouTube and the first thing you’re likely to notice is an almost NFL-veteran-like ability to use his 6’3”, 220+lbs frame to open up space and secure catches. Although he came into Spring’s mini-camps with some rough areas in his game, Brandon Marshall has taken notice of the vast improvements Jeffery has made over the last few months.
“Honestly, we just finished watching film and I’m actually learning from Alshon,” Marshall said Tuesday, specifically referring to Jeffrey’s work against press coverage. “Things that he was able to do the last few days, I wasn’t able to do when I first came into the NFL. I’m picking up on things now. I’m sure he can learn lot from me, but at the same time, I’ve already learned a few things. Just ten minutes ago, I wrote some things down from his game.”
If Jerry Angelo had sought out and drafted a receiver of Jeffery’s pedigree during his tenure as Bears GM, chances are they wouldn’t be trying to force Devin Hester into the role. While Hester does own the physical ability to play the position, his development remains a work in progress. That is why, in my humble opinion, the Bears ideal three man receiving corps aligns Marshall and Jeffery on the outsides, with Earl Bennett manning the slot and Devin Hester seeing 15-20 snaps a game. Of course, Jeffery has to play himself into that role. If Brandon Marshall’s eyes are to be believed, he’s already well on his way to doing just that.