Why Alshon Jeffery can challenge for title of best WR this season

After a big MNF performance, John Breitenbach explains why Jeffery should be considered one of the NFL's top WRs.

| 1 year ago
(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Why Alshon Jeffery can challenge for title of best WR this season


Receivers for both the Chargers and the Bears are dropping like flies. Chicago went into the game without Eddie Royal and first round-pick Kevin White. The Chargers, meanwhile, lost Keenan Allen last week and then Malcom Floyd in the first half of last night’s game. One player who is most certainly back, though. is Alshon Jeffery. Despite playing in just four games this season, Jeffrey has been amongst the league’s best receivers.

Jeffery has only been on the field for four games this season, but his production when he has played has been unmatched. Last night, he caught 10-of-16 targets for 151 yards with one drop. Jeffery’s receiving grade was easily the highest in the game. It’s no coincidence that Cutler’s three best grades of the season have coincided with the return of his most dominant receiver. In fact, Jeffery’s production is outstanding relative to the other top pass catchers in the game. (He’s No. 3 in our season grades, behind only Antonio Brown and Julio Jones, respectively.)

Rank Team Player Grade
1. PIT Antonio Brown 97.8
2. ATL Julio Jones 96.7
3. CHI Alshon Jeffrey 95.5
4. HOU DeAndre Hopkins 92.2

Extrapolating his grade over eight games would likely put Jeffery at number one, above Antonio Brown. That’s quite remarkable considering he has played nearly half the snaps compared with the players around him in the rankings. That grade is supported by a league-leading 3.32 yards per route run. Despite running just 148 routes, Jeffery has generated 492 yards. With receiving grades of +2.2 or better in each of his four games, he could yet challenge for the title of best-graded receiver this season.

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  • crosseyedlemon

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  • derek lundeen

    Hell yeah, I think are team has improved a lot. If we didn’t give the game to Detroit and Minnesota we might be talking playoffs right now.

    • crosseyedlemon

      “Playoffs?….don’t talk about playoffs….are you kidding me?”. Our Bears are still a pretty dreadful team Derek which is understandable since we have a new coaching staff that will need time to fix the mess they inherited. Probably be 3 years before you need to worry about buying those playoff tickets unless the team gets moved to the AFC South.

      • derek lundeen

        i’d take are team over Detroit’s,Jacksonville’s and Tampa Bay all we need is a Secondary and a DT and we’ll be fine.

      • derek lundeen

        If we moved to the AFC south we would win the division with 7 wins… it’s still funny that Jacksonville can still make the playoffs