Alshon Jeffery is a bright light on gloomy day for Bears
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporter September 29, 2013 8:07PM
Updated: September 30, 2013 7:30PM
DETROIT — It wasn’t his leaping grabs over Lions, including one for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, that registered a smile from Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery.
It was his block.
“It was a great play,” Jeffery said after the Bears’ 40-32 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. “I just blocked my block guy and pushed him into the safety and they both fell down.”
Jeffery’s block in which he sent corner Darius Slay into safety Glover Quin and down to the ground was essential to running back Matt Forte’s 53-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Jeffery was one of the few bright spots for the Bears, catching five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown and breaking off a 27-yard run on an end-around.
“I mean I made some big plays, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter,” Jeffery said. “All I’m concerned about is the ‘W.’ I’m not worrying about what I did. It’s a team sport.”
But they were definitive signs that Jeffery has the potential, as the Bears say, to be special. He had a leaping 44-yard catch over cornerback Chris Houston down the sideline and a 14-yard touchdown grab over Slay.
“This guy’s got big-play potential and he did a great job,” said receiver Brandon Marshall, who also had a key block on Forte’s run. “He made the plays. And if he can continue to build off of that, man, he’s going to be unstoppable.”