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Alshon Jeffery | Wide Receiver | #17

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/14/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 218
College: South Carolina
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (45) / CHI
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Alshon Jeffery attributed his four-game PEDs suspension to taking a "recommended supplement to combat inflammation."
For his part, Jeffery admitted the supplement contained an ingredient that is on the NFL's banned substance list, and said he takes "full responsibility" for not looking into it enough. Jeffery will miss the next four games of his contract season. He'll be eligible to return in Week 15 against the Packers. The Bears close out the year in Weeks 16-17 against the Redskins and Vikings. Nov 14 - 5:46 PM

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NFL suspended Bears WR Alshon Jeffery four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

An already disastrous contract year just hit rock bottom. Jeffery will be eligible to return in Week 15. Plagued by constant minor injuries, Jeffery hasn't missed a game this season, but has been ineffective, scoring only one touchdown and failing to hit the 100-yard mark since Week 1. Playing on the franchise tag, he just drastically reduced his free agent earning power. Jeffery turns 27 in February. The Bears will play out the string of a circling-the-drain season with Eddie Royal and Cameron Meredith as their top two wideouts. Marquess Wilson (foot, PUP) should return some time in the next 2-3 weeks.
Nov 14 - 3:17 PM

Alshon Jeffery snagged four-of-nine targets for 47 yards Sunday in the Bears' Week 10 loss to the Buccaneers.

What a disappointment. Handed a dream matchup against rookie cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, Alshon couldn’t deliver. All four of his catches and eight of his targets came in the first half. Jeffery was the intended receiver on the first of Jay Cutler’s two interceptions. After disappearing for three quarters, Alshon finally resurfaced with a 23-yard catch with less than a minute remaining. Of course, the play was erased by a holding penalty. Despite seeing nine or more targets in three of his last four outings, Jeffery has averaged just 59 yards with one touchdown during that stretch. He’ll be a WR2 against the Giants next week.
Nov 13 - 4:56 PM

Alshon Jeffery caught 4-of-8 targets for 63 yards and one touchdown in the Bears' Week 8 win over the Vikings on Monday night.

Jeffery entered the game as the only receiver to have 500-plus receiving yards without a touchdown. He snapped the streak in the third quarter, catching an 11-yard score on a slant route. Jay Cutler was making his first start since Week 2, and he immediately sent several targets Jeffery's way. He targeted Jeffery on a pair of third-down passes in the end zone in the first half, but one was sailed wide, and the other was broken up at the goal line. Another deep ball down the seam hit Jeffery in the back of the head, as he seemed to not even be expecting the ball to come his way. Cutler's reinsertion is obviously good news for Jeffery. The two have long had a strong connection, and Cutler has never been afraid to force him the ball. Jeffery will be a WR2 when the Bears come out of their bye for Week 10 against the Bucs.
Oct 31 - 11:50 PM

The Vikings are expected to shadow Alshon Jeffery with CB Xavier Rhodes.

It's a tough matchup for Jeffery, who doesn't have a huge size edge over Rhodes. He's trending in the wrong direction coming off one of his worst games against the Packers. Jeffery projects for a higher target share with Jay Cutler returning, but isn't more than a low-end WR2.
Oct 29 - 2:42 PM

Alshon Jeffery absorbed just three-of-11 targets for 33 yards Thursday in the Bears' Week 7 loss to the Packers.

There’s no sugarcoating this. Jeffery was awful on Thursday. He couldn’t get on the same page with either of his two quarterbacks and struggled in his matchup with Packers corner LaDarius Gunter. He’s now gone seven games without a touchdown, which is the longest drought of his career. Jeffery could be in for another rough game against the Vikings in Week 8.
Oct 21 - 12:21 AM

Alshon Jeffery is absent from the Week 7 injury report.

Do you believe in miracles? Jeffery looked as healthy as he has all year in Week 6, and not coincidentally, drew a season-high 13 targets. Absurdly, he was still out-targeted by Cameron Meredith, but Jeffery might finally be ready to start producing as a WR1. He has a juicy Thursday night matchup in the Packers' wounded secondary.
Oct 18 - 7:34 PM

Alshon Jeffery caught 7-of-13 targets for 93 yards in the Bears' Week 6 loss to the Jaguars.

Jeffery's targets were a season high, but he still drew fewer looks than Cameron Meredith (15). Jeffery went to work on emerging shutdown CB Jalen Ramsey early, entering the break with six grabs for 90 yards. He should have had a touchdown, but Brian Hoyer committed a pathetic overthrow. Ramsey then got the better of the matchup after halftime. The good news is, Jeffery appeared in no way limited, and finally seemed to have his legs back underneath him. He'll be in the WR1 mix for Chicago's Thursday night game against the Packers.
Oct 16 - 4:45 PM

Bears coach John Fox implied he does not think Alshon Jeffery needs more targets.

"From a production standpoint, to say that we're not getting him the ball is a little bit off," Fox said. "I think he has been what I would consider — I think our opponents do too — pretty productive." The first step to fixing a problem is admitting one exists, and neither Fox nor QB Brian Hoyer was willing to do so this week. Fox even went as far to say Jeffery has just three fewer catches than Eddie Royal and Zach Miller, as if the clear No. 1 receiver having "just three" fewer catches than a slot guy and tight end is acceptable. Jeffery still has five fewer targets than Kevin White, who has been on injured reserve for a week. Fox admitted earlier this week he does not have a plan to deal with the quarterback situation, and it is becoming clear that philosophy applies to the rest of the offense as well.
Oct 15 - 10:13 AM

Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Jeffery is battling with Rob Gronkowski for the most "limited" practices in one season. With Brian Hoyer publicly admitting he isn't going to force the issue with his No. 1 receiver, Jeffery is a WR1 stuck in a WR2's role.
Oct 13 - 6:43 PM

Brian Hoyer said he will not force the ball to Alshon Jeffery.

"So, for me it's go through the progression," Hoyer said, "and if they want to take him away, then we've got to make them pay in other ways." The "other way" was Cameron Meredith last week, who turned 12 targets into nine catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. Considering how many targets Kevin White saw before getting hurt, it would not be surprising if Meredith continued to out-target Jeffery moving forward. Unless something changes quickly, Jeffery's days as a WR1 appear over.
Oct 13 - 10:40 AM

Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

As usual. Jeffery was limited by a knee issue last week. This week the Bears are listing him with a hamstring injury. Jeffery has yet to miss a game this season and we're guessing that streak will remain intact Sunday against Jacksonville. He's still looking for his first touchdown of 2016.
Oct 12 - 5:45 PM

Alshon Jeffery 5-of-6 targets for 77 yards in Chicago's Week 5 loss to the Colts.

Jeffery was banged up early, but only missed one series. He got all his yards in the second half, with most of it coming on a late 38-yard catch. Jeffery saw fewer targets than Cameron Meredith (12), Eddie Royal (9), and Zach Miller (8). He's a low-volume WR2 for Week 6.
Oct 9 - 5:14 PM

Alshon Jeffery (knee) is active for Week 5 against the Colts.

Eddie Royal (calf) is also active despite not practicing all week. Jeffery and TE Zach Miller will get the majority of targets in a plus matchup against the Colts secondary. Chicago's inactives are QB Jay Cutler, S Deon Bush, DB Deiondre Hall, RB Jeremy Langford, OL Eric Kush, DL Eddie Goldman and LB Leonard Floyd.
Oct 9 - 11:36 AM

Alshon Jeffery (knee) will play against the Colts in Week 5.

Jeffery's status was never in much doubt as he practiced on a limited basis this week. He should be in for an increased workload with Kevin White (ankle, leg) on injured reserve. Zach Miller (ribs, questionable) will also be active for Week 5.
Oct 9 - 8:11 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Barkley
2David Fales
RB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
3Ka'Deem Carey
GLB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
3RB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
FB1Paul Lasike
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Marquess Wilson
3Eddie Royal
WR21Cameron Meredith
2Josh Bellamy
3Deonte Thompson
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Logan Paulsen
2Daniel Brown
LT1Charles Leno
2Mike Adams
LG1Josh Sitton
C1Cody Whitehair
2Ted Larsen
RG1Eric Kush
2Cornelius Edison
RT1Bobby Massie
K1Connor Barth