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Camp cramp puts crimp in Alshon Jeffery's first day

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Bears rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery looked good in drills at the Bears' rookie mini-camp Friday at Halas Hall. But he left the practice early because of cramps.

''Guys do a lot of working out on their own, but it's not like when you come here and work out,'' Bears coach Lovie Smith said. ''I really like what Alshon did earlier in practice, most of the practice, really. I didn't see him drop a ball. He's got great hands. Big target. I really like the way he came in. He's going to be a good football player for us.''

The Bears hope the 6-3, 216-pound Jeffery can help give them the big receiver they've been lacking. They also traded for 6-4 Brandon Marshall.

''With Brandon Marshall and Alshon we've gotten bigger,'' Smith said. ''Most of the defensive backs are under 6-feet. So hopefully [that] will be an advantage focus. It's just more than size. These guys can move and know how to get the ball in the end zone.''

Mike Tice, the Bears' first-year offensive coordinator, was impressed with what he saw -- so far, anyway.

''Well, it was his first day,'' Tice said. ''You could tell he has
some explosiveness about him. You could tell he has some ball skills.
That's why we drafted him so high. You can tell that he's gonna be a
playmaker for the Bears for 2012, and hopefully for many years to

''I saw him make a few plays over there in the
one-on-ones. Back in the day, we called that 'picking peanuts.' He was
picking peanuts off some guys' heads it looked like to me. So I think
he's gonna have the ability for us to make plays.''

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