By drafting former Tennessee Vols WR Velus Jones Jr. in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears new-look offense has begun to take shape. Jones adds an element of speed that should cater to QB Justin Fields in his first season as the full-time signal caller. While the chemistry between the two on the gridiron remains to be seen, it appears as if the bonding off the field has already started.

On Thursday, Jones shared a post to his Instagram story that showed his new locker inside the Bears’ facility. However, that was not the only locker visible in the post. Next to the rookie wide receiver’s new cubby was the locker of Justin Fields.

Bears fans should know the importance of a healthy relationship between a quarterback and wide receiver better than anybody. It wasn’t too long ago when former QB Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall had a falling out in the middle of the 2014 season.

Now, just because players get along off the field does not guarantee any type of success. The disdain for each other aside, even Cutler and Marshall were able to string together three productive seasons in Chicago.

Wide receiver is a position the Bears are pretty lean in when it comes to talent. Sure, Darnell Mooney put together a 1,000-yard season in 2021, but nobody else on the Bears’ roster has touched 600 yards in a single season.

Fields did not have the time to throw, nor the weapons to throw to last season under the direction of Matt Nagy and Bill Lazor. With the hire of new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, Fields will learn his second offense in as many seasons in the NFL.

Not only does Jones’ blazing speed allow for Fields and the Bears’ offense to stretch defenses vertically, but he could also be used to run underneath routes. There aren’t too many cornerbacks in the NFL who can match Jones’ elite speed running from sideline to sideline.

Without reading too much into this, placing Jones next to Fields in the locker room shows the Bears’ plan for the duo is to grow together. While the two spend the rest of the offseason absorbing the new system, it would not be a surprise to see them hit the ground running early in the regular season.

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