Bears throwing Velus Jones “into the fire pretty quick”

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Wide receiver Velus Jones never played a high-profile role in the passing game during his first five college seasons, but he caught 62 passes at Tennessee last year and the Bears have high hopes for what that will mean in their offense.

The Bears made Jones a third-round pick last month and wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert said the team isn’t moving slowly when it comes to integrating him into their scheme. Jones is working at both inside and outside receiver during their offseason program.

“We’ve thrown him into the fire pretty quick, put him at two positions immediately,” Tolbert said, via Adam Jahns of TheAthletic.com. “Get him to learn it now. Because we want him to learn the whole concept but, specifically, a couple of positions to get him going. The more he can do, the more, obviously, he’ll have a chance to play.”

Tolbert said that “any situation is about opportunity” and the thin Bears receiving corps offers Jones a big opportunity to show that he was overlooked earlier in his college career. If he can, the feeling the Bears didn’t do enough to bolster their offense this offseason may not be a lasting one.

7 responses to “Bears throwing Velus Jones “into the fire pretty quick”

  1. Bears had a great draft and their new GM is doing everything right. Bears are going to surprise everyone. Lots of new offensive linemen and they made improving the secondary a priority.

    10-8, lose in the playoffs.

  2. Bears definitely had a great draft, the production remains to be seen.

    I could see them easily having a 9 win season.

  3. He might be 25, but if he produces right away the Bears get the prime of his career for a third round rookie contract.

  4. Packer fan here. Good to see a division rival getting better. We once were the black and blue division, and others feared playing us. I support division rivals when not in direct competition.

  5. Lots of opportunity in Chicago. If the rookie receiver can earn the trust of the second year QB, could be a relationship that grows and endures for a decade.

  6. They literally have no choice but to throw him into the fire. The other choice is for the bears to use the wishbone formation.

    The Bears seem determined to waste Fields cheap years. Velus has great speed but ZERO agility. He’s a track guy and he’s the only offensive help they brought in. Expecting the 5th or 6th round tackles they drafted to start and be effective are a pretty long shot.

  7. WR are a dime a dozen, the Bears WR core will be fine. They still have Mooney for consistency, they bolstered their secondary (huge need) and they finally started drafting OL personal.

    Good Luck Bears, you know you have four easy wins playing against the Lions and Vikings twice each.

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