Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has all of the tools to be a franchise player but, through five weeks of the season, Jeffery isn’t getting nearly enough chances to show what he can do.
The 26-year-old receiver has seen his targets decrease drastically this season. His 31 total targets are 49th among receivers in the NFL, tied with teammate Eddie Royal.
Jeffery is averaging just 6.2 targets per game, which is down from his 9.5 per game over the past three seasons. He simply isn’t getting enough looks, especially in key situations, which is one of the many reason Chicago's offense currently ranks 30th in points per game (17.0).
Against the Colts last week, Jeffery was targeted once in the opening drive but wasn’t targeted again until the second half.
Between Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer, the two have attempted 186 passes on the season. Of Cutler's 46 attempts, only 13 have gone to Jeffery, while Hoyer has only thrown his way 18 times.
Jeffery has been targeted on just 16 percent of the team's pass attempts this year. That number has to go up if the Bears are to create consistency on offense this season.
Other Stats of Note
- Hoyer’s quarterback rating of 108.5 ranks third in the NFL among qualifying quarterbacks. He’s behind only Matt Ryan and Sam Bradford, whose teams are a combined 9-1 on the season.
- The emergence of Jordan Howard has given the Bears a go-to running back but, through five games, Bears running backs have accounted for just 47.6 percent of the touches. That’s the lowest touch share of any NFL backfield.
- In the Week 5 loss to the Colts, Hoyer threw for 397 yards, which was the fifth-most by a Bears quarterback in franchise history. He now has three-straight 300-plus yard games, becoming the first quarterback since Josh McCown to do so in 2013.
- Chicago finished with a total of 522 yards in the loss to the Colts. It was the first time since 1947 they had 500-plus yards of offense in a game and lost.
- Howard ran for a total of 118 yards in the Week 5 loss, giving him back-to-back 100-plus yard games. The rookie ball carrier rarely found success on the outside, with 107 of those yards coming between the tackles, per Pro Football Focus (PFF).
- Howard also became the first Bears rookie running back to rush for 100 yards in his first two games. He’s the first rookie to rush for 100-plus yards in consecutive games since Anthony Thomas in 2001.
- Center Cody Whitehair has really improved week-to-week. In Week 5, he turned in an impressive performance against the Colts. According to Pro Football Reference, Whitehair didn’t allow a single pressure in pass protection during the game.
- Jaguar’s defensive tackle Malik Jackson is someone to watch on Sunday. The 2016 free agent signee has recorded 18 pressures this season according to PFF. Guard Kyle Long hasn’t allowed a sack through five games and will see a lot of Jackson on Sunday.
- Chicago has committed 16 pre-snap penalties through five games this season. That is good for third-most in the NFL.
- The Bears enter Week 6 averaging 17.0 points per game, which is ranked 30th in the NFL. Jacksonville’s defense is allowing 27.8 points per game, which is 25th in the league.