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One of the toughest transitions is a wide receiver going from college to the NFL.
Not only does Alshon Jeffery have to handle that, but he also has to do it while assuming a large role in the Bears offense.
Jeffery has had a nice start to his season. Through four games, he has 12 catches and a touchdown.
Compare that to the two second-round receivers drafted right before him. Brian Quick was the first pick in the second round, and he has only one catch in two games. Stephen Hill was drafted 11th in the second round, and he has five catches through three games.
Jeffery was drafted 13th overall in the second round. He has more catches than the fifth overall pick Justin Blackmon, the 13th overall pick Michael Floyd and the 30th overall pick A.J. Jenkins. Kendall Wright, who was drafted 20th overall, has six more catches than Jeffery.
Going forward, Jeffery needs to get better separation from the defender. For a guy of 6'4'' and 230 pounds, he should be able to use his size better than he has to make plays and break away from contact.
The growth of Jeffery so far has been impressive. Coming out of college, he had some character issues, but he has been a model citizen for the Bears. He has been humble and receptive, and he should continue to grow as the season goes along.