Let’s take a look at some Bears Essentials.
Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery caught flak before the club even drafted him in 2012 due to concerns about his weight and level of fitness. But with a year of experience under his belt and an offseason of training with Brandon Marshall, the new coaching staff is impressed with what they’ve seen.
Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer said Jeffery has become more consistent than he was as a rookie.
“Alshon has been a true pro since this new staff got here. He’s been impressive because he’s changed his body from college,” Kromer said. “He’s really worked to become a fit athlete. So that was his first step. He had the talent. Now his talent shows up on an every-play basis because he’s in shape to do it.”
Jeffery missed six games due to hand and knee injuries last season, but finished ranked No. 10 in receiving yardage among NFL rookies with 367 yards, and caught 24 passes, which ranked 13th among rookies.
Jeffery's production is expected to increase dramatically in Year 2, with the team executing Marc Trestman's offense.
Let’s take a look at some other coverage.
ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson caught up with Earl Bennett, who expects to be active for Sunday’s game.
In case you missed it, Matt Williamson and I preview Sunday’s game at Soldier Field and give you our predictions.
Rick Morrissey likes Jay Cutler’s fiery attitude. It’s his decision-making that needs to improve.
The Bears have two middle linebackers capable of starting for the first time in years, which is a point often missed with all the focus on whether D.J. Williams or Jon Bostic will start against the Bengals.
Vaughn McClure talks to former linebacker Brian Urlacher about the backlash regarding his revelation that the Bears feigned injuries.