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Alshon Jeffery is 'fragile' after poor performance vs. Packers

Jeffery finished with no receptions in Week 15 and drew three pass interference penalties in the second half.

Jonathan Daniel

In a 21-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears had a rough game with three pass interference penalties called on him in the second half, including one that nullified a touchdown. The disastrous game could be a problem moving forward for the young receiver, but receivers coach Darryl Drake told John Mullin of CSN Chicago that he is looking to avoid those issues:

"The thing I'm trying to make sure of is that it doesn't destroy him from a mental standpoint," said receivers coach Darryl Drake. "He's fragile right now but that's part of it."

A second round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jeffery had a solid start to his rookie year with 14 receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns in his first five games before a hand injury kept him out of the lineup for an extended period of time. In the first two games of his return, Jeffery caught five passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, but was shutout with zero receptions against the Packers.

In Week 16, the Bears will travel to play the Arizona Cardinals, the NFL's fourth-best team against the pass.