If you follow me on twitter, you’re well aware that the Chicago Bears drafting Alshon Jeffery made me more excited than I can even properly articulate. As a lifelong Bears fan and a loyal Gamecocks fan, getting to see one of South Carolina’s best players ever come to my hometown is amazing. I CANNOT WAIT to go to a game and see him.
Ever since the draft, though, people have asked me what we can expect from Alshon. Will he be focused and hard-working? Can he replicate the success he had in his sophomore season at USC? Will he keep his weight under control? How lucky were we to get him?
I always said I was confident that he’d have it all together and make me proud. Luckily, Alshon has proved me completely right.
The Bears LOVE Alshon. Not a day goes by that he’s not mentioned, either on the news, in an article in the paper, or on social media. It’s AWESOME. I’d obviously be glad that Alshon had found success anywhere, but the fact that it’s with my hometown team is even better.
The team kicked off their preseason games last Thursday against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Chicago didn’t do so well, losing 31-3 (although guys like Jay Cutler and Brian Urlacher didn’t see any playing time), but Alshon made it clear that he’s going to have a serious impact this season.
The announcers and the camera focused on Alshon frequently, even when he was just standing on the sideline. Bears coach Lovie Smith said Alshon was one of the few players they were impressed with after Thursday’s loss, and Smith, along with Alshon’s other coaches and teammates, have praised his work ethic, commitment, and skill level since practice started, one fellow player even comparing him to Brandon Marshall (who is, of course, also a Bear).