Alshon Jeffery named Most Improved Player of the Year
Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery had his share of disappointments in 2012. Jeffery missed significant time from multiple injuries and and didn't perform as well as he wanted. But the former Gamecock record-holding wideout had a positive look on his rookie campaign.
One season later, the 6-foot-3, 216-pound receiver is breaking professional football records and named the Most Improved Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America on Friday.
For this sophomore, the myth of a "slump" is busted.
Jeffery set a Bears franchise record in receiving yards in a single game twice, breaking his own mark of 218 yards against the Saints with a 249-yard performance eight weeks later against the Vikings.
Jeffery was also named to the Pro Bowl in Lions receiver Calvin Johnson's absence. He caught 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, shattering his 2012 numbers of 24 catches, 367 yards and three touchdowns.
Teammate Brandon Marshall paired brilliantly with Jeffery and created the best duo of receivers in Bears history.
If record-breaking performances are the result of the first year under head coach Marc Trestman's offense, I look forward to what the future holds for this talented, young star.