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Top Velus Jones Jr. News

  • Bears' Velus Jones: Posts negative yardage in loss

    Jones lost three yards on his lone rushing attempt in the Bears' 27-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

    Jones was inactive for the season opener, and he had a minor role in the offense upon his return. He'll need a significant change in his situation to become a reliable fantasy performer.

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  • Bears' Velus Jones: Will sit out season opener

    Jones was ruled a healthy scratch ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Packers.

    Jones dealt with an undisclosed injury throughout training camp and was on the fringe of making Chicago's final 53-man roster ahead of the regular season. While he is now listed as healthy, the 2022 third-round pick won't get to see the field Week 1, as Tyler Scott and/or Trent Taylor will likely handle return duties on special teams while also slotting into reserve roles behind starting wideouts DJ Moore, Darnell Mooney and Chase Claypool. Equanimeous St. Brown was also ruled a healthy scratch Week 1, as it's likely he and Jones will be on the outside looking in on Chicago's wide receiver room this season.

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  • Bears' Velus Jones: Back at practice

    Jones (undisclosed) was a full participant at Thursday's practice, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Jones was considered a fringe roster candidate throughout training camp, and although he has been nursing an undisclosed injury, he was ultimately able to show enough to make the team. While he is only expected to be a depth receiver this season, the second-year speedster is in line to return both punts and kicks.

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  • Bears' Velus Jones: Misses practice Thursday

    Jones (undisclosed) was absent from Thursday's joint practice with the Colts, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    It's not clear what caused Jones to miss the joint practice session, but Bears head coach Matt Eberflus stated that the wideout/kick returner isn't dealing with a serious injury and is with the team in Indianapolis. Jones had a rough preseason opener last week and may need to show improvement the rest of the way to earn a roster spot. If he does make the team, the 26-year-old is expected to work as the Bears' top kick returner while filling just a minimal role on offense.

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  • Bears' Velus Jones: Fighting for roster spot

    Jones muffed a punt in the Bears' first preseason game, and he may be battling to earn a roster spot, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

    After Jones' miscue on the punt return, the coaching staff called it a teachable moment. But after a number of costly mistakes on special teams, the 2022 third-round pick may need a strong close to camp to lock down a roster spot. Jones was drafted because of his speed and potential as a returner, and he's not expected to be in consideration for any of the top-four receiver spots.

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  • Bears' Velus Jones: Expected to battle for roster spot

    Jones may be competing for a roster spot with Dante Pettis, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports.

    After being selected in the third round of the 2022 draft, Jones was most valuable as a kick returner with 642 yards. However, he recorded just 107 yards as a receiver and 103 yards on nine rushing attempts. It's possible the final wide receiver roster spots come down to special-teams play, and if Jones can impress in that capacity, he could have an edge on Pettis.

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  • Bears' Velus Jones: Usage increases late in season

    Jones rushed for a 42-yard touchdown in the Bears' 29-13 loss to the Vikings in Week 18, and ended the season with seven receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown along with nine carries for 103 yards and another touchdown over 12 games played.

    Jones was at his best as a kick returner during his rookie season. On offense, he didn't have more than two touches in any game, though he did play more than 15 offensive snaps for the first time all season during Weeks 15 and 16, when he averaged 34 snaps. Although he'll likely remain the team's top kick returner next year, he may also see his role in the offense expand. He's under contract through 2025.

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  • Bears' Velus Jones: Quiet in losing effort

    Jones rushed once for 13 yards in the Bears' 41-10 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

    Jones was also targeted once, though the pass fell incomplete. Aside from his kick-return duties, Jones has just six receptions and eight rushing attempts on the season, and his lack of volume will make him tough to trust in Week 18 fantasy lineups.

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  • Bears' Velus Jones: Catches long pass

    Jones caught two passes for 52 yards in the Bears' 35-13 loss to the Bills on Sunday.

    Jones ran past two defenders, which allowed Justin Fields to catch him in stride for a 44-yard reception while the Bears were trying to make a late comeback. Jones' four targets was his highest total of the season. This was also the first time he had more than 10 receiving yards in a game. Although his performance was impressive, his lack of consistency will make him tough to trust in Week 17 fantasy lineups.

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  • Bears' Velus Jones: Loses costly fumble

    Jones caught one pass for three yards and rushed once for no gain in the Bears' 25-20 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.

    With the Bears trying to mount a late comeback, Jones fumbled the ball, leading to an Eagles recovery and lowering Chicago's chances of pulling off an upset. On the season, he has just 75 yards while playing on offense, and his most significant fantasy value is in leagues that reward return yardage.

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  • Bears' Velus Jones: Small role in offense

    Jones rushed once for one yard in the Bears' 28-19 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

    Jones' biggest contribution, as usual, was as a kick returner. He returned four kickoffs for 114 yards to go along with his one rushing attempt. On the season, he has five targets and six carries, and aside from leagues that award points for return yardage, his fantasy value is minimal right now.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 200 lbs
Birthplace: Mobile, AL
Age: 26
School: Tennessee
Experience: 2