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Bears receivers coach sees “tremendous potential” in Alshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) walks back to the sideline after getting bandaged in the locker room for an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery was limited by knee and thumb injuries in his rookie season, but he has already done enough this offseason to impress his position coach.

Chicago receivers coach Mike Groh told the Chicago Tribune that Jeffery, who played in 10 games with six starts and caught 24 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns last season, has stood out for him during offseason work.

“I’ll say this about Alshon: He’s really invested,” Groh said. “I have seen improvement in the very short time I have been able to work with him. He certainly has tremendous potential.”

Brandon Marshall remains the clear-cut top receiver for the Bears, but they’d like to spread the ball around a little more effectively than they did last year, when Marshall caught 118 passes for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns, and no other wide receiver caught even 30 passes or had even 400 yards. The Bears would love to see Jeffery go from having tremendous potential to being a tremendous No. 2 receiver.