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Phil Emery made a splash with his first move as the new Chicago Bears GM when he traded two 3rd round picks for Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall.
Marshall, a six year NFL veteran, experienced his two best seasons as a pro when teamed with current Bears, and former Broncos quarterback, Jay Cutler. He amassed over 200 receptions, 2300 yards and 16 touchdowns, and was voted an All-Pro in 2009. Cutler was no slouch with Marshall at his side as his best seasons as a pro coincided with Marshall's best season (2008-2009).
The promotion of Mike Tice to Offensive Coordinator will provide the Bears with a much more balanced attack in 2012 that will provide Jay Cutler and Matt Forte more opportunities to thrive in what should be one of the most improved offenses in the league.
Emery also created some noise when he traded up in the 2nd round of the draft to grab highly skilled, but often criticized, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery from South Carolina. As a sophomore, Jeffery had one of the best receiving seasons in SEC history when he caught 88 passes for 1500 yards and 9 TD's. But many focused on his disappointing junior season where he amassed 49 catches for 760 yards and 8 TD's.
Scouts and fans alike pointed to Jefferys fluctuating weight throughout his career at South Carolina to his lackluster 2011 season. But many forget Jeffery was without 2010 starting quarterback Stephen Garcia and on a team that has a player who many consider to be the top RB prospect for the 2013 draft, Marcus Lattimore.
But Alshon quieted many of his critics with his performance at the Scouting Combine, and his pro day where he weighed in at 216lbs and ran in the 4.4-4.5 range on the 40 yard dash.
As a #2 receiver on the Bears, Jeffery should see a lot of single coverage opposite of Marshall. With his big frame, he is sure to be a favorite of Jay Cutler very quickly.