Jefferey has been suspended for the team's next four games for violating the NFL policy on PEDs, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. His suspension begins immediately and he'll miss the next four games. Eddie Royal and Cameron Meredith will likely see a larger role in the passing game as a result.
Jeffery caught four passes for 47 yards Sunday against the Buccaneers. Jeffery caught three passes in the very early stages of the game, but once quarterback Jay Cutler found himself under heavy pressure on the majority of his drop backs, the Bears passing attack completely stalled out. As usual, he led the team with nine targets, but with the team unable to spend much time in the red zone, he never had a realistic chance to post a touchdown. He's now failed to exceed 63 receiving yards and four receptions in any of his last three contests, and it's difficult to consider him as anything more than a second receiver in fantasy lineups.
Jeffery caught four passes (on eight targets) for 63 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's win over the Vikings. Jeffery's 15.8 yards per reception marked his most since Week 2, but his fantasy owners will be far more pleased by the fact that Jeffery scored his first touchdown of the season Monday. That came on an 11-yard catch during the third quarter, finally getting Jeffery in the end zone in his eighth game of the campaign. With Chicago's ground game humming Monday, Jeffery didn't have the biggest game receiving, but the return of quarterback Jay Cutler figures to help his stock during the second half of this season.
Jeffery brought in just three of 11 targets for 33 yards in Thursday's 26-10 loss to the Packers. While the catch-to-target ratio is undeniably unsightly, there is definitely a silver lining to the stat line. Jeffery's target total was easily a team high, giving him 24 looks over the last two games. Additionally, his poor conversion rate Thursday can easily be explained by having to see a bulk of those passes from the errant and rusty arm of Matt Barkley, and in one additional bit of potential good news, Jeffery is likely to be seeing throws from Jay Cutler the next time the Bears take the field in 10 days. Given his comfort level and rapport with the veteran signal-caller, he should be the recipient of plenty of his attention against a tough Vikings defense in Week 8.
Jeffery (hamstring) caught 7-of-13 targets for 93 yards Sunday against the Jaguars. After he was visibly frustrated during last week's contest, Jeffery saw plenty of targets against a vulnerable Jaguars' secondary, but he was only able to haul in slightly more than half of them. Despite the volume, he again saw fewer chances than Cameron Meredith, who had a team-high 15 targets, as quarterback Brian Hoyer appears comfortable throwing the ball to whomever the open receiver is. Even though Jeffery has failed to score a touchdown this season, he's posted at least 70 yards in four of his five contests and remains a solid starting fantasy option.
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