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Velus Jones Jr. has a chance to break this Bears’ rookie record in 2022

Chicago Bears third-round pick, Tennessee wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., has his detractors. His age — he turned 25 this month — is one of the go-to jokes made about general manager Ryan Poles’ decision to draft the former Volunteer, and the fact he didn’t break out as a productive receiver until his sixth season in college doesn’t help.

But does any of that matter now? Jones is part of a Bears roster that lacks much opposition for him to make an early impact in Chicago. He’s one of the most naturally gifted athletes on the roster already — he ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine — and offers Bears offensive coordinator Luke Getsy the kind of inside-outside weapon that should lead to a lot of reps early in his career.

And with that high volume of reps comes targets from quarterback Justin Fields. Jones won’t be the first read in Fields’ progression; that distinction will belong to receiver Darnell Mooney. But he won’t be far behind. He’ll get peppered with short and intermediate passes that give him a chance to flip the field, and with every reception, he’ll move one step closer to setting a Bears rookie record.

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