Jay Cutler happy to have “big guy” Alshon Jeffery back with team

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The Bears finally got franchise-tagged wide receiver Alshon Jeffery back in the building this week, and it’s clear that was a welcome sight for quarterback Jay Cutler.

While Cutler understands Jeffery’s absence was just about business, he also might have preferred to have his best receiver on hand, while they try to overcome the losses of key players and offensive coordinator Adam Gase, and incorporate 2015 first-rounder Kevin White into the offense after injuries stole his rookie season.

“You take a guy like that out of the offense, it’s going to be difficult,” Cutler said of Jeffery, via Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune. “I think it was a great opportunity for Kevin and Eddie [Royal] and some of these other guys to kind of grow in their position and get a little bit better.

“But it’s always good to have the big guy back out here.”

The Bears will need Jeffery at his best, after losing Gase, running back Matt Forte and tight end Martellus Bennett this offseason, and shuffling the offensive line significantly.

But it was also hard to know how much of Jeffery was available to him last year, as he struggled through injuries. Jeffery only played in nine games, and though his numbers in those nine games were good (54 catches for 807 yards and four touchdowns), he clearly wasn’t himself.

“Last year was such a marred year,” Cutler said. “It’s hard to gauge him as a player off that because he was in and out and dealing with injuries. Each and every game, you weren’t for sure if he was 100 percent. You didn’t really know until he kind of got going how he felt.

“Just being more consistent in that area. I think that’s kind of his focus. Making sure physically he can go 16 games. Because if we’ve got him 100 percent for 16 games, he’s going to do some damage.”

Of course, Cutler also doesn’t know how long he’ll have Jeffery available to him, as reports suggest a long-term deal is unlikely, and that the receiver is expected to just play out the year. But at least he’s signed and back with the team after skipping the voluntary work, and that’s good news for Cutler as he adjusts to many other things.

18 responses to “Jay Cutler happy to have “big guy” Alshon Jeffery back with team

  1. Tough decision deciding whether to sign him to a long term deal and for what money because of his soft tissue injuries last year. If he stays healthy he could have a terrific year, especially with the speedy and tall Kevin White playing on the opposite side of the field. He and his agent may just want to become a free agent and get paid the funny money that follows?

  2. There’s not a QB in the NFL that wouldn’t want Jeffrey on their team. He’s becoming another Brandon Marshall, without the excess baggage.

  3. Oh yeah, the Super Bowl Champion Lions… Oh never mind that’s never happened nor did they even make the playoffs last season.

  4. As a Bears fan, I see little hope for Bears. I don’t blame Cutler. I think John Fox is an ok guy but he’s tired mentally and physically from health issues I don’t see innovation or fire from him. I guess the Bears just draft poorly and fail to develop talent. They need to break with the recent past and bring in coaches with mustaches or at least a dang fedora. That’s Bears football.

  5. I must have missed the part where I claimed that the Lions were super bowl champions. What I definitely did miss is seeing the bears in the playoffs since 2010. However I do seem to remember seeing the Lions there in 2014.
    Not a very good argument

  6. The Bears’ WRs have nothing to prove beyond the ability to stay healthy. The left side of their OL, on the other hand, is another story and they’re what’s going to set the ceiling on what Loggains and Cutler can (or can’t) do this year.

  7. I do not understand the Lions vs Bears argument……they will both be fighting hard for 3rd place.

  8. themayorofcrackerville says:
    Jun 15, 2016 10:59 AM

    I must have missed the part where I claimed that the Lions were super bowl champions. What I definitely did miss is seeing the bears in the playoffs since 2010. However I do seem to remember seeing the Lions there in 2014.
    Not a very good argument
    ==================================
    Congratulations to the Lions on their 2014 playoff appearance and immediate loss.

    And as far as playoff games, congratulations to the Lions on their 1991 playoff victory, their only one since 1957. 1-11 since 1957.

  9. I do not understand the Lions vs Bears argument……they will both be fighting hard for 3rd place.

    ______________________________________

    Just ignore him Bears fans, this Lions fan is a bitter guy originally named Hyzers, he has many, many names to hide his embarrassment and shame of being a Lions fan. He is so desperate he has to reference his team’s pathetic playoff loss in 2014.

    They(pitiful Lions) have ONE (1) post season victory since 1957 and the Bears have 2 Superbowl appearances, 1 SB Championship and total of 11 Playoff appearances.

    Plus he is upset cuz he knows Cutler is better than Stafford.

    LoLions!!

    -Packers Fan

  10. Yes, a fan of a team that has never even been to a Super Bowl bragging about that team making the playoffs two years ago?

    That’s cute.

  11. Don’t know why people are down on the Bears — seems to me the Bears may be a dark horse this year if the WRs stay healthy. Looks like the D has vastly improved, particularly at LB.

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