6. Velus Jones Jr.
The Chicago Bears are going to have to make a difficult decision in the near future with Velus Jones Jr., a third-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft out of Tennessee. There were a lot of people who hated this pick initially because of the fact that Jones was an older rookie coming in (he will already be 27 this coming season) and they’ve unfortunately been proven correct.
Jones has less than 300 yards from scrimmage in his first couple of NFL seasons, and as a return specialist, he had a long of just 37 yards in 2023.
The biggest issue here with Velus Jones Jr. is the fact that his primary role on the team is as a kickoff returner, which is becoming less and less of a factor in today’s NFL. Jones isn’t a punt returner, he’s not adding value to the offense, and he’s already going to be 27.
You hate to say the writing is on the wall here, but is Shane Waldron going to come in and be the magic straw to stir this drink?
I think the Bears are borderline going to need an overhaul at this position group outside of DJ Moore, who is obviously one of the cornerstone pieces of this franchise going forward.
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