There were some pre-draft whispers about the conditioning and work ethic of new Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery, especially considering his quick weight loss between the end of the 2011 season and the February combine. ESPN's Todd McShay, for instance, projected Jeffery as one of the draft's top receivers "if he wants to play."
So I wanted to make sure I brought to your attention this post from ESPNChicago.com's Jeff Dickerson, who reported that Jeffery worked out with -- and got an introduction to the Bears' offense from -- reserve quarterback Josh McCown last weekend in South Carolina. Jeffery also turned down an invitation from the 2012 NFLPA Rookie Premiere presented by Nike, where rookies are photographed for their trading cards, to spend more time around the team when he reports for rookie minicamp Friday.
Said McCown: "He seems like a good kid. I was very impressed with him mentally. Great hands, too."
Indeed, Bears general manager Phil Emery said Jeffery had the "best hands in the draft." Emery also said his evaluation found no concerns about Jeffery's effort level.
"The more and more you watch of his tape, the more you see the competitiveness," Emery said. "This is not a lazy guy. When he gets the ball in his hands, he's working to score. He doesn't give up. I don't see give-up in this guy in any area."