Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Chicago Bears [Print without images]

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Bears WR Jeffery returns to rookie camp

By Jeff Dickerson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Receiver Alshon Jeffery returned to the field on Saturday after leg cramps caused the second-round pick to miss the tail end of the teams' first day of rookie minicamp on Friday.

Alshon Jeffery
Alshon Jeffery has made a solid first impression at Bears' rookie camp.

Jeffery and Bears head coach Lovie Smith both described the leg cramps as a non-issue.

"Most of the guys are a little sore right now, but we see a guy with great hands, a big target that will only get better," Bears head coach Lovie Smith said. "He should be in the mix to help us win games this year."

The 6-foot-3 Jeffery has stood out the first two days of rookie camp, but still must adjust to the speed of the NFL game. However, from a playbook perspective, his transition into the Bears' offense was aided by veteran quarterback Josh McCown, who worked with the rookie wideout last weekend in South Carolina.

"That helped me out a bunch just being able to learn some things," Jeffery said of catching balls from McCown. "He taught me a lot. Not just running routes, but also the concepts of what everybody is doing."

McCown and Jeffery had no prior relationship before the receiver joined the Bears at the end of April. It was the veteran quarterback who reached out to Jeffery to arrange the meeting, which occurred in Rock Hill, South Carolina, a town about 30 minutes outside of Charlotte.

"He just texted me," Jeffery said. "Then we started exchanging some texts and it went from there."