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NFC North Q&A: Will Alshon Jeffery emerge as the Bears' No. 1 WR?

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Is Jeffery the Bears' new No. 1?

Will Alshon Jeffery emerge as the Bears' No. 1 wide receiver? ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano breaks it down.

Today's question: With Brandon Marshall gone, will Alshon Jeffery step in as the Chicago Bears' No. 1 receiver, or will rookie Kevin White assume that role?

Rob Demovsky, Green Bay Packers: As far as the Packers were concerned, Jeffery already fit that role. The Packers spent just as much time and attention on Jeffery as they did with Marshall the last couple of seasons. That’s why they would use both of their top corners, Sam Shields and Tramon Williams, interchangeably. It wasn’t like they would put their best cover man on Marshall and the No. 2 on Jeffery. While Marshall was more of a possession-type receiver, they feared Jeffery’s big-play ability just as much, if not more. Whenever defensive coordinator Dom Capers or cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt talked about matching up against the Bears, it was always a two-part conversation, with Jeffery and Marshall getting equal time. Now, you substitute White in for Marshall and go from there.

Ben Goessling, Minnesota Vikings: Jeffery has really impressed me over the last couple years. He was more dangerous than Marshall last year, and I think he’s growing into one of the best receivers in the division. He’s torched the Vikings in three of their last four meetings, and Jay Cutler could look to him every time he needed a big play last November in the Bears’ 21-13 win over Minnesota. He’ll be the No. 1 option, but considering how much Cutler targeted a small group of receivers last year, there should be opportunities for White, too. According to ESPN Stats & Information, 499 of the Bears’ 596 targets went to four players last season: Marshall, Jeffery, Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett. White should step into a sizable role and see plenty of chances.

Michael Rothstein, Detroit Lions: It’ll be Jeffery, at least at the start of the season. While receiver is one of the easier transition positions from college to the NFL, it is still an adjustment and one that will take White time to adjust to. Meanwhile, Jeffery will now receive more targets from Cutler and his size/speed/leaping component will make him extremely dangerous. Jeffery is coming off two straight 85-plus catch seasons with at least 1,100 yards. Barring injury, he could bump that to 95-plus catches and possibly 1,500 yards. He remains a matchup nightmare.