The combination of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery at the receiver position has marveled NFL fans and given plenty of defensive coordinators headaches this year.
Many people knew that Marshall would have a good year because he has been one of the best receivers in the game for a while now. However, the emergence of Jeffery has come as a pleasant surprise to many people.
Jeffery is in his second year in the NFL. Although he was a star at the University of South Carolina, Jeffery had a down rookie season of just 24 catches, 367 yards and 3 touchdowns. This year has been a complete turnaround. Jeffery is playing up to his potential and then some!
In 2013, Jeffery has accumulated 75 receptions, 6 touchdowns and is fifth in the NFL in receiving yards with 1,193 yards. This guy is a playmaker. He can get physical with his 6’3″, 216-pound frame and his 17 catches of 20 yards or more this season is a testament to his ability to be a huge deep threat for the Bears in the future. For a guy to be fifth in the NFL in receiving yards in just his second year, it is quite easy to tell that Jeffery can play some serious football!
Don’t forget about Marshall. The 8-year pro is still putting up superstar numbers. He’s only 29, so don’t think that he is slowing down anytime soon. Marshall’s physicality is tough for defensive backs to match. He’s a solid 6’4″ and 230 pounds. Marshall’s numbers this season stand at 84 catches, 1,090 yards and 9 touchdown grabs.
Defenses have been sending double coverage Marshall’s way for nearly the entire season but that just opens the door up for Jeffery to step in and shine. Marshall and Jeffery feed off of each other. When one of them starts burning the defense, they draw attention to themselves and then the other receiver gets open. It’s simple football but it’s working for the Bears’ receiving game.The successful play of these two phenomenal receivers is pretty fun to watch and is a big reason that the Bears are tied for first place in the NFC North and looking like every bit of a team that can make noise in the playoffs.