Bears' Alshon Jeffery named NFL's most-improved player

Bears' Alshon Jeffery named NFL's most-improved player
January 17, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Alshon Jeffery is reeling in the honors almost impressively as he reeled in touchdown grabs this season.

After being named to the Pro Bowl, the Bears second-year wideout was named the Most Improved Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America on Friday.

Jeffery finished the season as the NFL's sixth-leading receiver, totaling 1,421 yards on 89 catches. He also ranked in the top 10 in the league in receptions and yards per game.

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Twice Jeffery set a new franchise record for receiving yards in a single game, with his 249-yard performance in Week 13 vs. the Vikings sticking as the new club record. He also was just the eighth player in NFL history to have two games of 200-plus receiving yards in the same season.

Jeffery is the fourth receiver to win this award and the third consecutive receiver to be named the NFL's most improved player by the PFWA. Dallas' Dez Bryant and the Giants' Victor Cruz were the past two winners, with Dallas' Miles Austin winning in 2009.