The Chicago Bears are desperate to find a capable number two receiver. Brandon Marshall caught 118 passes last season but the lack of other offensive options left the Bears with one of the worst passing attacks in the NFL.
Marshall announced on Friday that he would train and mentor second-year wideout Alson Jeffery during the offseason.
“I’m excited because this kid has the potential to be an All-Pro one year,” Marshall said of Jeffery Thursday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN Chicago 1000. “If he just changes some little things, the way he approaches the game as far as physically and mentally, he’s going to be a beast. Because he has that dog in him, he has that in him, that you want in a receiver … a guy who is going to make plays for you.
Jeffery caught 24 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns during his rookie season.
“For me, I always started training the week after the Super Bowl, and he’s going into his second year so it shouldn’t be a problem for him. As I’m getting a little older, I have to change the way I attack it. Starting off, our routines will be a little different, but just getting him with the right people, nutritionists, trainer, chiropractors and all that stuff. (It’s about) showing him the other side of the business, showing him it’s not just about coming to work and going on the field. There is so much more to the game that will allow you to be successful if you just do it. I’m excited to have this position.”
Marshall is currently on crutches after undergoing hip surgery in early January.