There is a noticeable difference between the Chicago Bears’ wide receivers unit this year as opposed to last season, at least that is what wide receiver Brandon Marshall says about his teammate, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.
Marshall, while complementing Jeffery’s off-season training, considered the second-year wide receiver to be “soft” during his rookie season.
Soft certainly may be the operative word when describing Jeffery’s off-season. During his rookie season, it was apparent that Jeffery struggled to separate himself from defenders and that led the receiver to be a favorite target for NFL referees.
That no longer appears to be the case. Jeffery, according to Marshall, will be much more explosive this off-season.
“That play[referring to Jeffery's touchdown catch during the team's 2-minute drill during practice on Tuesday] in the end zone really speaks for his offseason,” wide receiver Brandon Marshall said. “It was a really explosive offseason.”-Marshall, Chicago Tribune
That explosive style of play is something that would figure to benefit the Bears’ in 2013. There is no question that Marshall is the preferred target of quarterback Jay Cutler, but an explosive Jeffery would certainly make life easier for Cutler in the red-zone.
Training camp always ignites talk about potential breakout players. For the Bears, Jeffery could be their breakout candidate.