Urlacher: "The Talent ... Is Phenomenal"

LAKE FOREST, IL - MAY 12: Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery #17 of the Chicago Bears catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Halas Hall on May 12, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Jeffery was the Bears' second round pick in the 2012 draft. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

The offseason, OTAs and cap is probably when we, as fans, get to read all about how everybody's having an awesome camp, how the team's going to be so great in the coming year - basically, when optimism knows no bounds. Too bad they don't give out Super Bowls based on how much positive press a team gets.

But when Brian Urlacher, a guy who's been in Chicago his entire career, is asked if this is the best collection of talent since his arrival, and this is his response...

"Not even close," Urlacher said Friday on ESPN 1000's "Waddle and Silvy Show." "The talent we have on this team is phenomenal."
Urlacher pointed to a healthy Jay Cutler, the addition of three-time Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall and a strong draft class led by top picks Shea McClellin, Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Hardin.

It still has to make a Bears fan feel pretty good.

In particular, Urlacher's been excited by the receivers so far in OTAs.

"[Brandon Marshall's] size, that's impressive just right there," Urlacher said. "He hovers above everybody. He's physically impressive, but he works his butt off [too]. He's out there catching balls every day from Jay, from all the quarterbacks. He's using the JUGS machine, catching extra passes.

"And he's a good guy. He's been great since he's been here. I think he fits in very well."

And it's nice to know Jeffery takes his craft seriously too.

"Alshon Jeffery had six unbelievable catches [Thursday] in practice and just jogged back to the huddle. We're all going crazy because it was an awesome catch and he just jogs back to the huddle like it was meant to happen."

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