Cameron Jefferson Days Until Chicago Bears Season Opener


There are now 65 days until the Chicago Bears open their regular season with a match-up against their arch-rival, the Green Bay Packers. We here at Bear Goggles On have been counting down the days to kick-off with a profile on a Bears’ player each and every day. Today, we are going to take a look at undrafted free agent offensive lineman Cameron Jefferson, who will wear #65 for the Bears this season.

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Jefferson began his college career at UNLV, where he was a three-year starter on the offensive line. Jefferson started 33 games at left guard for UNLV, and also filled-in at both tackle positions at times. In 2013 Jefferson was elected team captain for the Rebels, and was an honorable mention All-Mountain West selection for his play that season.

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Jefferson was redshirted in 2010, so after he graduated from UNLV after four years, he was free to transfer for grad school. Jefferson transferred over to the University of Arkansas to play his last season of football, and while playing time was sporadic, Jefferson was able to carve out a role and make an impact on a strong SEC team.

The Arkansas coaching staff used Jefferson’s versatility to their advantage, lining him up all over the offensive line throughout the season. Jefferson even saw some playing time at tight end and fullback as an extra blocker.

Jefferson comes from strong bloodlines, with his father, William, playing in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts.

What to Expect from Cameron Jefferson in 2015

Jefferson is listed at 6-foot-6, 307 pounds by the Bears, and he brings a nice combination of power, athleticism and versatility to the table. I imagine that the Bears targeted Jefferson after he went undrafted because of his quickness, which in theory would be a great fit for offensive coordinator Adam Gase’s zone run blocking system.

Jefferson is probably best suited to be a guard at the NFL level, but he does have the size and athletic ability for the Bears to try him at tackle if they would like. He is a raw prospect who will need some seasoning, but Jefferson definitely has some upside worth trying to unlock.

It appears to be a huge uphill battle for Jefferson to actually make the Bears’ roster out of training camp, but I would not be surprised to see the team hold onto him through the practice squad. His combination of skills added to his versatility makes Jefferson an interesting offensive line prospect. He could have a strong future in this league as a swing offensive lineman, and there is upside for even more.

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