2. Alshon Jeffery
There aren’t many receivers tougher to cover than Alshon Jeffery. Due to Jeffery’s size, athleticism and excellent catch radius, he’s never truly covered by a defensive back.
The 6-foot-3, 216-pounder made a smooth transition into Jay Cutler’s premier target through the air with Brandon Marshall traded to the New York Jets. Jeffery missed seven games in 2016, but he produced at a high level when on the field. In just nine games, he put up 807 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Jeffery’s play for the entirety of his rookie contract resulted in the Bears using the franchise tag to keep him in town for at least one more year. Whether he signs a long-term deal or not is yet to be seen, but it would be in the Bears’ best interest not to let their star pass catcher leave.
Jeffery can make incredible catches at tough angles even when covered well by defensive backs. If he’s on the sideline or the edge of the end zone, Jeffery has the awareness and athleticism to drag his toes in bounds and make the play.
The team of Jeffery and Kevin White could quickly become one of the league’s very best at the wide receiver position, and Jeffery is deserving of this spot on the list.
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