3 Bears Draft Busts Who Could Be Cut This Offseason

Which three former Bears draft picks could struggle to make the team in 2024?
Chicago Bears, Velus Jones Jr.
Chicago Bears, Velus Jones Jr. / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Velus Jones, Jr., WR

The highest draft pick on this list is none other than Velus Jones, Jr. who was taken at No. 71 in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Tennessee product was thrown into a tough situation since he was seen as a return man who could be sprinkled into the offense. Chicago, however, brought him in as their only wideout addition ahead of Justin Fields' second season.

That put a lot of pressure on Jones and he wasn't able to live up to it. As a rookie, he had seven receptions on 14 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown. He added another 103 yards and a score as a runner. In 2023, he saw fewer opportunities with the addition of D.J. Moore and now enters year three with a total of 281 yards on 28 touches.

He's likely to get fewer going forward with Moore, Keenan Allen, and Rome Odunze at receiver. Chicago also signed D'Andre Swift, limiting the need for a gadget runner.

His saving grace has been his return skills. Jones had 607 yards on kick returns as a rookie and another 435 this past season. With new kickoff rules expected to help the return team in 2024, there's a chance the Bears could keep him around for this role.

That might not be enough though, especially if they believe Tyler Scott can hold down that job.

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