Velus Jones Jr.

Has Velus Jones Jr. fumbled away his chance to make an impact with the Bears?

The final stretch of games in any season for a team out of the playoff mix is most important for backups who get a chance to make a statement about their role for the following year. In the case of the Chicago Bears rookie third-round pick Velus Jones Jr., his opportunity to stake his claim as a factor in next season’s wide receiver corps was huge in Week 15.

Jones was one of just a handful of healthy Bears wide receivers in Sunday’s game. Chase Claypool, Darnell Mooney, and N’Keal Harry didn’t suit up, and Equanimeous St. Brown exited the contest during the team’s first possession. That left Jones, Dante Pettis, and Byron Pringle as the primary targets for QB Justin Fields.

The former Tennessee Volunteer responded with one catch for three yards and a potentially career-altering fumble.

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