The odds are against a rookie wide receiver with red flags making an impact in his first NFL season, especially with the Bears. But Jeffery has a chance to break the mold. "I've got confidence in him,' WRs coach Darryl Drake said on Tuesday. 'I truly believe he'll go out there and be a dominant force.' This year? Or eventually? 'This year,' Drake said. 'He's got the ability to do that. We have to put him out there and see what happens. Do I have confidence in him? Yes. Do we know [for sure]? No. But I'm betting on him.' Reported by the Chicago Sun-Times
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The 6-3, 216-pounder dropped to the Bears in the second round (50th overall) in part because of concerns about his conditioning and discipline, but he's thriving in training camp in the shadow of Brandon Marshall. 'The size, the hands, all those things you see are legit,' Drake added. 'How he's going to react in a game situation, we don't know. But we'll know soon.' As Sun-Times staffer Mark Potash suggested, the Bears' history with wide receivers would suggest that Jeffery will hit the wall as soon as the ball is kicked off for real. But Drake's comments are worth noting and Jeffery's progress merits some attention.