Brandon Marshall said his week on NFL Network that he (humbly) considered Alshon Jeffery and himself to be the best receiver tandem in the NFL. Marshall now has evidence of some support from the rest of the NFL.
Jeffery was added to the 2014 Pro Bowl roster on Thursday, replacing Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, who won’t participate in the Pro Bowl because of a knee injury that also forced him to miss the Lions’ final game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Marshall and Jeffery become the first Bears wide receivers to earn Pro Bowl appearances in the same season.
Jeffery, the Bears’ second-round pick in the 2012 draft, ranked sixth in the NFL in receiving yards (1,421) and seventh in yards from scrimmage (1,526; which ranked second in the league among wide receivers). Jeffery had 89 receptions and seven touchdown catches in his sophomore year in the NFL, ranking 10th in the league in receptions.
“Just being from where I came from to where I am now, what I’m doing…it’s just special to be part of the success we’re having as a team,” Jeffery said in a statement. “I want to thank my Mama and my family. I’m going to continue to make you all proud.”
His 1,421 receiving yards in 2013 are second most in single-season franchise history and his 89 receptions are sixth-most.
Jeffery is the third Bears player to be named to the 2014 Pro Bowl, joining Marshall and running back Matt Forte.
The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 26, with rosters being selected by a draft process by team captains Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders on Jan. 22.