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Luke Getsy on Velus Jones Jr.: ‘He has a chance to score every time he touches the ball’

The Chicago Bears’ wide receivers haven’t had a fun offseason. They’ve been the target of criticism and have been dubbed one of the worst receiving corps in the NFL. It’s an opinion that has some merit, considering only Darnell Mooney is an established starter. It’s also an opinion that offensive coordinator Luke Getsy disagrees with.

“Of course everybody wants Davante Adams,” Getsy said Sunday. “But Davante wasn’t Davante until he became Davante. I think the system will enable some of these guys to play at their potential. We’ll give them an opportunity to show what they’ve got.”

Adams was a second-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2014. The Bears were predicted to select a wideout in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft to strengthen their depth chart of pass-catchers but opted instead to upgrade the secondary. In the third round, General Manager Ryan Poles selected Velus Jones Jr., the dynamic offensive weapon from Tennessee who’s expected to do big things in Chicago’s offense this season.

“He’s a physically mature dude,” Getsy said of Jones. “He can handle this league — you can see that already. The speed just jumped at you on the tape. When that guy gets the ball in his hands, he looks like 4.3 on the field. Not many guys can do that, and that is what stood out about this guy. He has a chance to score every time he touches the ball.”

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