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Velus Jones Jr.

WR CHI

College: Tennessee | Rookie
Height: 6'0" | Weight: 204 lbs
Birth Date: 5/11/1997
Depth Chart: WR2.2
2022 Bye Week: 14

Rostered: 10.3%
Started: 0.1%
Total Pts: 0
Avg Pts: 0

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2022 RTSports Outlook

The Bears took Jones in the third round of this year's draft. Jones was a special teams ace in college and should be a top return man in the NFL from day one. He also can help as a receiver because of his big-play ability. He needs to shore up his route running and consistency as a receiver to find the field more often in the NFL. The Bears have all sorts of openings at receiver, so Jones could play a big role even if he isn't quite ready. It would not surprise to see him third or fourth on the depth chart.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Jones lands in a good spot for playing time. He has more value in leagues that reward return yardage, but still has some late-round value in standard leagues. Jones could have a few big games this season. Look for around 40 receptions for 600 yards and a few scores.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Many were baffled by the Chicago Bears' decision to take the 25-year-old sixth-year senior in the third round of the 2022 NFL draft, but Velus Jones Jr. does have a simple path to opportunity. Other than Darnell Mooney, there aren't any established receivers in the Chicago WR room. On day two, draft capital Jones will get a chance to make an immediate impact. However, we can project Chicago as one of the worst offenses in the NFL, primarily through the air. Expect Chicago to rank near the bottom of the league in passing yards, passing touchdowns, red-zone trips, and all the other vital stats we look for when evaluating potential fantasy studs. With glaring holes in Jones' prospect profile (age 24 breakout), there's not much to get excited about. He's likely a gadget player who will be fun to watch in real life but won't pay dividends in fantasy football. All that said, he's going off the board as the WR106 in fantasy drafts, so it's not crazy to take a shot on him in the final round. He's more likely to produce than some of the players ahead of him i.e.,Kyle PhilipsandJustyn Ross.

Many were baffled by the Chicago Bears' decision to take the 25-year-old sixth-year senior in the third round of the 2022 NFL draft, but Velus Jones Jr. does have a simple path to opportunity. Other than Darnell Mooney, there aren't any established receivers in the Chicago WR room. On day two, draft capital Jones will get a chance to make an immediate impact. However, we can project Chicago as one of the worst offenses in the NFL, primarily through the air. Expect Chicago to rank near the bottom of the league in passing yards, passing touchdowns, red-zone trips, and all the other vital stats we look for when evaluating potential fantasy studs. With glaring holes in Jones' prospect profile (age 24 breakout), there's not much to get excited about. He's likely a gadget player who will be fun to watch in real life but won't pay dividends in fantasy football. All that said, he's going off the board as the WR106 in fantasy drafts, so it's not crazy to take a shot on him in the final round. He's more likely to produce than some of the players ahead of him i.e.,Kyle PhilipsandJustyn Ross.

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Player Notes
May 19 11:00am ET

The Chicago Bears have been working rookie wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. at inside and outside receiver during organized team activities. "We've thrown him into the fire pretty quick, put him at two positions immediately," receivers coach Tyke Tolbert said. "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." Getting the ball in the hands of Jones, who will also work as a returner, will be a priority this offseason. Given the fact that Equanimeous St. Brown and Byron Pringle are behind Darnell Mooney on the receiving depth chart, Jones could be given plenty of chances to make things happen with his speed and playmaking abilities in his first NFL season.

From RotoBaller

May 17 7:50pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. has agreed to a four-year contract. The third round rookie figures to get plenty of attention this upcoming season. The Bears lack legitimate talent at wide receiver, so Jones could have a decent role. In 2021, Jones finished with 62 receptions, 807 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns during his senior year at Tennessee. The speedy wideout could be used in multiple roles, but we'll see how his game translates to the professional level.

From RotoBaller

May 9 10:30am ET

The Chicago Bears have been impressed with rookie wide receiver Velus Jones Jr.'s speed, but they also like his overall makeup. Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said Jones is a "physically mature dude." "I mean he can handle this league, you can see that already. Then 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," Getsy said. Jones might not be a dynamic outside receiver like the ones taken in the first round, but his rare speed can make him versatile and able to move around in the offense. He'll have the opportunity to carve out a role as the No. 4 receiver in his rookie season behind Darnell Mooney, Byron Pringle and Equanimeous St. Brown.

From RotoBaller

May 6 1:10pm ET

The Chicago Bears signed undrafted rookie wide receivers Cyrus Holder, Landon Lenoir, Henry Litwin, Savon Scarver and Kevin Shaa among a group of 16 undrafted free agents. The Bears took just one receiver in the draft, Velus Jones Jr., so general manager Ryan Poles addressed the position with these undrafted free agents. Among offensive skills players, Chicago also signed Iowa State tight end Chase Allen, Ohio State running back Master Teague and Cal tight end Jake Tonges. Purdue linebacker Jaylan Alexander, Louisville linebacker C.J. Avery, Miami defensive back Amari Carter, Minnesota defensive lineman Micah Dew-Treadway, Missouri defensive back Allie Green, Ole Miss defensive back Jaylon Jones and Wisconsin linebacker Jack Sanborn rounded out their signings.

From RotoBaller

May 6 12:20pm ET

Chicago Bears third-round wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. had limited offensive production in his six-year college career, but the Bears love his 4.3-second 40-yard dash speed and hope to line him up outside, in the slot, in the backfield and as a returner on special teams. The 24-year-old is old for a rookie, but his speed is what sets him apart. With Darnell Mooney and Byron Pringle as the team's top two receivers, Jones could carve out a role as Chicago's No. 3 wideout in his first season in the NFL. Jones can create mismatches at different spots on the field with his speed and will have opportunity, but he'll still be much more attractive as a dynasty asset than a redraft one on 2022.

From RotoBaller

Mar 4 12:40pm ET

Baylor wide receiver Tyquan Thornton led all players at his position on Thursday by clocking an unofficial 4.21-second 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine. That time would have set a record for the combine, but his official time was later determined to be 4.28, which was the fastest of the day. In all, eight receivers had sub-4.4-second showings, which tied for the most by the position at the combine in any year since 2006. Tennessee's Velus Jones Jr. had the second-fastest time at 4.3 seconds. Memphis wideout Calvin Austin III clocked in at 4.32 seconds. SMU's Danny Gray (4.33 second), Rutgers' Bo Melton (4.34), North Dakota State's Christian Watson (4.36), Ohio State's Garrett Wilson (4.38) and Ohio State's Chris Olave were the others to break the 4.4-second mark.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 17-May-2022: CHI Velus Jones Jr. - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (through 2025)
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