Just when you thought it was safe to peruse the internet, getting your NFL fix, free from the offseason clutter of list, after list, after list, after list... ESPN decided to put a capper on Listapalozza Season 2016 and offer up one more Top 100 list.
Since they have a Chicago Bears’ player featured, I feel obligated to share, but know this; I’m not happy about sharing this list so close to the regular season. There should be a moratorium on compiling these types of lists once the first preseason games are played, but I’d rather you read all about the 81st player on their list from us, than from some other Bears’ website.
This Top 100 list isn’t much different of a format than the others out there. ESPN had over 50 “experts,” both in house and outside the ESPN family, rate players on a 100 point scale, yada, yada, yada, and here we go...
ESPN Bears’ beat writer Jeff Dickerson wrote the snippet on Alshon Jeffery and here’s what he had to say.
81. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
Avg. rating: 81.49 | 2015 rank: NR
With 807 receiving yards in nine games during the 2015 season, Jeffery now has 3,361 yards over the last three years, the ninth highest total in the NFL over that span. Despite being slowed by injuries almost all of last season, Jeffery still averaged 89.7 receiving yards per game, which was eighth best in the league. Playing on the one-year franchise tag this season, Jeffery could be on the open market in 2017
Health is the key to Jeffery not only making it back to the Pro Bowl, but to him cashing in on a huge pay day.
After a slight muscle strain early in camp, Jeffery has played in both preseason games catching 3 passes for 53 yards. He seems 100%, but it’s something we’ll keep an eye on all season.
Are you guys expecting a big year from Jeffery?
And since I have your attention...
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