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The other receivers not named Marshall

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Brandon Marshall might have been the headliner, but he was surrounding with some solid acts on Sunday in the receiving corps.

Alshon Jeffery had three receptions for 80 yards, including a touchdown, and was targeted five times, Earl Bennett had three receptions for 50 yards and was targeted four times, while Devin Hester chipped in with two catches for 27 yards and was targeted twice.

Jeffery, however, said that the Marshall effect is the key.

"He opens up the field a lot,'' Jeffery insisted. "All of us open the field up for each other. Whoever is making plays ... I mean if I'm on the opposing team they're going to have to defend whoever has the hot hand.''

Which Hester feels is no easy task.

"Like I said from Day 1, we're built with a lot of depth,'' Hester said. "It's going to be one guy one week, the next guy another week. That's just the way it's going to go.''

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Its pretty obvious Brandon Marshall is the key to Chicago's success at the receiver position. Marshall is one of the leagues best, he's had over a 1,000 yards receiving a season since 2007, even Calvin Johnson can't say that. Yesterday, in his first game of his 7th season, Marshall hit the 500 catch milestone, which is awesome. Marshall is simply one of the best who will make the players around him better.

With that being said, watch out for rookie Alshon Jeffery, who might be the best receiver the Bears have drafted since Marty Booker back in 1999. In a season Jeffery could be a legit #1 himself, he has the size at 6-3, the 4.4 40 speed, 36 inch vertical, and ability to make the circus catch, Jeffery is a star in the making. Once this kid gets his routes down and learns the offense better, Chicago could have two #1's.

This is off subject, but did anyone notice the block tight end Kellen Davis threw that took out 2 players, pretty good for a guy who wasn't a willing blocker when he first came into the league. Speaking of blocking, how about some of the blocks FULLBACK Evan Rodriguez threw on some of them runs by Forte, nice. I see Rodriguez was wearing #48 vs the #88 he wore during the pre-season. Rodriguez is probably the reason Tyler Clutts became expendable, Rodriguez can block like Clutts and is a better receiver GO BEARS!!

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