Ranking the Bears' roster: No. 1, Alshon Jeffery


Here is the final in a 10-part series examining the top 10 players on the Chicago Bears' 2015 offseason roster.

Name: Alshon Jeffery

Position: Wide receiver

Experience: Fourth season

2015 base salary: $960,157

2014 recap: Jeffery started all 16 games last year, catching 85 passes for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns. He added 33 rushing yards on six carries. In three years with Chicago, Jeffery has 198 receptions for 2,921 yards and 20 touchdowns over 42 games (36 starts). He became only the fourth player in franchise history to record consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons and has eight career 100-yard receiving games. Jeffery was not entirely healthy for much of 2014, but ranked in the NFL's top-15 in receiving touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards.

2015 outlook: Jeffery's original rookie contract is set to expire after the season, meaning the 25 year old has plenty of motivation to enjoy another productive year. If Jeffery performs as expected, he is a logical candidate to receive a lucrative extension. Had ex-general manager Phil Emery not been fired following the 2014 season, Jeffery already would have a new deal, but the new coaching staff does seem to already like the fourth-year receiver. In particular, Jeffery made a favorable impression on head coach John Fox during Chicago's offseason workout program. "[Alshon is] very gifted, no doubt," Fox said in June. "He's got a great catch radius. He's got a good knack for the game. I think the thing that probably I didn't know before getting here was how hard he works at it. He's done everything we've asked.” Jeffery enters camp next week as the team's No. 1 wide receiver, but he's far from the only talented skill position player on the roster. The presence of Eddie Royal, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte, and Kevin White should take some pressure off Jeffery on game day.