Sunday, October 6, 2013
Jeffery's 218 yards breaks a Bears record
By Michael C. Wright
CHICAGO -- Second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery broke a 59-year-old Chicago Bears record in the team's 26-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday by finishing with 218 yards on 10 receptions.
Jeffery broke the previous single-game mark of 214 receiving yards set in 1954 by Harlon Hill, and became just the third player in franchise history to finish with 200 yards in game. Jeffery also established a career high in receptions (10), and has caught 15 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns in his last two contests.
“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.”