WR Alshon Jeffery starts 1st preseason game: ‘I just want to go out there and play football’

WR Alshon Jeffery starts 1st preseason game: ‘I just want to go out there and play football’

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery said he wasn’t feeling any pressure to perform in preseason action Thursday night, despite not practicing since Aug. 1 due to a hamstring injury.

“I don’t know what’s being said on the outside,” Jeffery said after the team loss to Denver. “I don’t read too much of that. It was just how I felt and how the coaches and training staff felt about me playing. I don’t know what’s happening on the outside. I just want to go out there and play football.”

Jeffrey was targeted early on a 12-yard gain, but wasn’t thrown to again.

“It was critical [for him to play],” head coach John Fox added. “He was ready and felt good about it.”

“It’s nice to have Jeffery out there,” QB Jay Cutler said. “He didn’t get to play as much in the first preseason game, but we’ll definitely try to highlight him as we go through this. I think it says a lot he was out there. I wasn’t really sure if he was going to go or not. But he wants to be out there with us. He’s got an energy. There is something about him this year, which is exciting for us.”