Before I talked with Alshon Jeffery after practice today, he and the rest of the receivers were all doing push ups at Lovie Smith’s orders. The head coach was not exactly thrilled with today’s effort from the wide outs or the offensive linemen, who earned themselves some extra running.
Despite a practice that wasn’t good enough for the man in charge, Jeffery has started to turn it on in Bourbonnais. Early on he looked like exactly who he is, a rookie wide receiver, but he is starting to make people notice him as each practice ends. He has the raw natural ability and now it is just about cleaning up a few things. He needs to fine tune his footwork and route running, but it appears to be coming along nicely.
The rookie wide out from South Carolina has this quiet confidence about him. He wasn’t shy about giving love to his school’s conference when asked about dealing with NFL cornerbacks, saying, “It was pretty physical in the SEC.” He is right and hopefully that experience will help him develop quicker than the typical rookie WR.
Jeffery is not concerned about his numbers or his role, he just wants to come in and contribute in any way he can.
“Wherever I’m at is fine, as long as we’re winning,” The first year receiver said. “Our goal is to get to the Super Bowl.”
Most rookies don’t come in and dominate at the wide out position like Julio Jones did for the Falcons last season. Luckily for the Bears, they can afford to bring Jeffery along slowly. The rest of the unit, including Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester continue to wow the big crowds in Bourbonnais. All of these guys are going to put up numbers in this revamped passing attack.
And Jeffery looks ready to do just that when his time comes.
Devin Thomas Retires
It was an odd day for the wide receivers in camp. Out of nowhere, Devin Thomas announced his retirement during lunch via twitter.
And just like that, he was gone. No real details on exactly why he decided to retire at age 25, but apparently his heart just isn’t in it anymore. Looking through his twitter timeline, it appears he is experiencing a Ricky Williams-like epiphany, but little is known at this point.
The retirement opens the door for Dane Sanzenbacher, who is fighting for that sixth wide out and/or special teams spot.
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