The congruency of a wide receiving corps is very important. As Calvin Johnson proved last year, no one player can make a passing attack. Having talented receivers is important, but having talented pieces that correctly complement each other is even more important. Even though the Chicago Bears’ off-season so far has focused on the other parts of the passing game, the quarterback and the offensive line, their receiving corps is shaping up to be a very impressive unit this year.
Tight End Martellus Bennett is the big-name addition to the group, while some of the off-season talk has been about the relegation of Devin Hester to being just a special teams player. Much of that has overshadowed the expected development of second-year receiver Alshon Jeffery who could have a key role in the 2013 passing offense.
Jeffery fits perfectly in the Bears’ offense because he has a different skill-set to Cutler’s other options. Bennett has signed to be a possession receiver and impact blocker, while Brandon Marshall is a do-it-all type of elite receiver. Matt Forte can make plays coming out of the backfield in the flat or as part of screen plays. The only thing missing is a deep threat.
A role that Jeffery was built to fill. Continue reading