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Is Alshon Jeffery Ready For A Bigger Role?

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Aug 9, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) catches a pass against Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter (32) at Soldier Field.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 9, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) catches a pass against Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter (32) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Alshon Jeffery's had a strong camp so far. Looking back through the training camp recaps, he's making big touchdown catches, one-handed grabs, made a game-high four catches in Thursday's preseason opener, and only continued that effort yesterday with three touchdowns over defensive backs.

Now, it's preseason and training camp, so again, take everything with a sack of salt, but is Jeffery ready to step into a starter's role?

Even with his very good camp and preseason opener, it's hard to say a second-round rookie should be the team's second starting receiver opposite Brandon Marshall, and it's certainly possible that it's that much easier for a big receiver to catch passes over the smaller backs the Bears have employed in camp.

Jeffery is certainly ready to make plays on the field - I mean, that's all he has been doing in camp. And if the Bears are confident enough in him to throw him on the field, it could mean dangerous things if he's able to keep it up.

That being said, name a receiver that hasn't had a good camp. Devin Hester's been looking like a different receiver and brings more of a speed dimension across from Marshall as well as a burst out of the slot, and Earl Bennett is still Earl Bennett.

So I'll ask you guys - at this point, how would you handle Alshon Jeffery?