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“It’s not about what I did; it’s about what the team did, and we didn’t get the win,” Jeffery said. “So that’s what I focus on. I feel like what I did out there. … I’m more concerned about the W, not about what I did. It’s a team thing. There were eleven guys that took for me to get 200-plus yards or whatever I had.”
On the season, Jeffery leads the team in receiving yardage (429 yards) and ranks second in receptions (28) behind Brandon Marshall.
“Alshon Jeffery, man, he’s coming. That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to bring him down to South Florida with me, because of times like this,” Marshall said. “I didn’t think the season was gonna be like this, where it was gonna be hard to get me the ball. But at times, man, you need another guy on the other side. This guy had a career day; over 200 yards. It’s just awesome to see this guy mature right before your eyes. I’ve always said this guy can be one of the best that ever done it. He’s probably gonna shatter all the Bears records by the time he’s done at the receiver position. That’s one of the only positives from our offensive side today.”
Marshall has caught 100 or more passes in three different seasons. Only one Bear has ever achieved that feat in a single season; Marty Booker caught 100 passes in 2001.
Marshall has accumulated 1,000 or more yards receiving in five of his six NFL seasons, and he started just one game during the season he didn’t eclipse the 1000-yard mark. The Bears haven’t had a receiver post 1,000-plus yards since Booker did it in 2002 with 1189. The Bears have had just eight players gain 1,000 or more yards receiving in a single season -- Booker, Marcus Robinson, Johnny Morris, Dick Gordon, Curtis Conway, Mike Ditka, Jeff Graham and Harlon Hill. Only Booker and Conway have done it more than once with the Bears.
The 28-year-old Marshall has hauled in 34 touchdown passes in his career. The Bears have been around since 1922, and they have just three players who have exceeded Marshall’s total. Ken Kavanaugh caught 50 TD passes, Harlon Hill caught 40 and Dick Gordon had 35. What about Da Coach? He had 34 with the Bears.
Marshall will almost assuredly surpass 500 career catches during the 2012 season. Only a handful of Bears have reached that milestone. Curtis Conway, Marty Booker and Muhsin Muhammad all had more than 500 career receptions, and Walter Payton came close with 492 catches out of the backfield.
The case can be made that the first time Marshall dons a Bears jersey, he immediately becomes the best wide receiver the team has ever had.