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Alshon Jeffery downplays cramp and plays up future

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Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery isn't thinking about the past, particularly that some projected him as a first-round pick before the 2011 college football season.

"I'm just here to win games for the Bears, and hopefully we can bring a championship here. That's all I'm here to do," he said. "What happened in college, I'm past that. I'm just here, focused on the Bears."

The focus the first two days has been on the second-round pick's left calf, which cramped up with about 30 minutes left in Friday's practice. He participated in Saturday's session, without incident, but he didn't look completely comfortable.

"Yeah, that's it. That's all I had. I just caught a cramp," Jeffrey said.

Asked if it's a common injury for him, he said, "Nah, it's nothing common."

He's looked smooth, when he's been on the field, shining on the practice field in one-on-ones and even seven-on-sevens. He appeared to drop one pass early in practice today.

But, Jeffery -- a Biletnikoff finalist -- should stand out at a rookie camp that features mostly free agents and tryout players who face an uphill battle to even end up on a roster in late July.

"That's for you all to judge, if I'm standing out," he said. "I'm just trying to get better and compete."

Jeffery said his focus right now is learning the playbook, playing faster and playing with confidence.

Asked about his initial impression of his teammates, Jeffery said, "It's a great team.

"I got great teammates. I'm just ready to work."

Jeffery acknowledged that a challenge for him will be to deal with physical corners, who jam him at the line of scrimmage. He'll also have to adjust to the speed of the NFL.

But his plan?

"Go hard every day in practice, and listen to my coaches and study film," he said.

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Ohhhh myyyyy!! Cramps are no laughing matter! I would know sense I get them all the time even after my gender change operation.

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