Rookie WR Alshon Jeffery should get a lot of playing time in tonight’s preseason opener, since the starters won’t do much more than break a sweat.
He could be one of the young players who are most worth watching vs. the Broncos, especially if he gets a lot of reps against the Broncos’ second- and third-team defenders. Throughout training camp, Jeffery has frequently stood out against the second-team defense, earning some reps with the first team.
And even when the games are for real, starting next month, coaches expect that the second-round pick out of South Carolina will continue to see extensive playing time. He’s not likely to be one of those rookies who flashes talent in the preseason and then disappears in the regular season. Jeffery has already demonstrated that he can have an impact with the first team.
“He’s going to be out there,” Bears WR coach Darryl Drake says of the 6-foot-3, 217-pounder. “We’re going to have a four- or five-man rotation. So there’s not going to be any problems getting him in the game. He’ll be in there a lot, no doubt.”