"I just want to take it on a case by case basis. It's a slow process," Pace said. "I know you guys are going to ask questions from a million different angles but again it's just my job and John's [Fox] job and our staff's job to just be thorough and slow with this process. I know there is a time frame but I don't want to rush any decisions."
Forte, 29, is entering the final year of the four-year contract extension he signed in 2012. He is due to collect a $6.650 million base salary, along with a $1.050 million roster bonus, and $100,000 workout bonus. Jeffery, 25, is also entering the final year of a four-year, $4.54 million contract. He is due to make $960,157, and a $50,000 workout bonus in 2015.
Bennett led the way with eight catches for 59 yards on 11 targets. He finishes the season with 90 catches for 916 yards and six scores. Jeffery caught only two of five passes thrown in his direction for 34 yards in a 13-9 defeat. He turned 145 targets into 85 catches for 1,133 yards and a career-best 10 touchdowns.
His 15 targets were actually the second-most he's had in a game this season, but that's not too surprising since it was his first game without Brandon Marshall on the opposite side of the field. Marshall is out for the season because of rib and lung injuries.
Clausen threw for only 181 yards against the Lions, but it was an especially difficult matchup. And with Jeffery no longer competing with Marshall for looks, he was able to make a major impact regardless.
Don't worry so much about his quarterback. Just keep running Jeffery out there Week 17 at Minnesota.
Jeffery did snag six of his game-high 14 targets for 72 yards. Among them was a 20-yard score late in the third quarter. That, however, was his last catch.
The Bears play at Minnesota in Week 17.
A late touchdown made things look a little better, but
Jeffery -- playing without Marshall alongside him for the first time in his career -- had just one reception for 18 yards through the first three quarters. In fact, prior to a late, ultimately meaningless drive, he had just two catches for 36 yards, before hauling in two for 42 yards and a touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game.
Jeffery was predictably Jay Cutler's top target, as the quarterback looked his way on nine of his 31 passes. However, Cutler struggled to actually find Jeffery, though he did manage to extend his scoring streak to five games.
Jeffery is a massive target, especially near the end zone, which has helped him remain relevant even amid Cutler's struggles. Though he didn't quite live up to expectations in Marshall's absence, Jeffery showed he can still be a reliable Fantasy option. With just one or two games left, there's no way you can consider sitting Jeffery at this point in the season.
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