The Chicago Bears’ final two games of the regular season are not as insignificant as many might think.
Obviously, there is a top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft up for grabs as some of the league’s bottom feeders jockey for positioning late in the season. However, for a team in a rebuilding phase like the Bears, finding players that fit the mold for the future is of the utmost importance.
One rookie the team hopes to see significant progress from down the stretch is wide receiver Velus Jones Jr.
Jones’ struggles this season are well-documented. His fumble issues have cost the Bears late in multiple games. That being said, in Saturday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills, Jones played the best game of his young career.
The third-rounder out of the University of Tennessee hauled in two receptions for a team-high 52 receiving yards. He also displayed his rare speed in the return game, returning four kickoffs for 113 yards (28.3 YPR).
For the first time all season Jones looked confident and decisive with the football in his hands.
Jones, who was brought in to add explosiveness to the offense, has a chance to turn some heads down the stretch. Whether he fits in as a wide receiver or as a return man, the Bears hope to cross at least one position off its off-season wish list.
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