Receiver Velus Jones never played a prominent role in passing games during his first five college seasons, but he caught 62 passes in Tennessee last year, and the Bears have high hopes for what that will mean for their offense.
The Bears selected Jones in the third round last month, with receivers coach Tyke Tolbert saying the team isn’t going to be slow when it comes to including him in their scheme. Jones works as both inside and outside wide receiver during their off-season program.
“We threw him in the fire pretty quickly, we put him in two positions right away,” Tolbert said via TheAthletic.com’s Adam Jahns. “Make him learn it now.” Because we want him to learn the whole concept, but in particular a couple of positions to make it work. The more he can do, the more chances he will obviously have to play.”
Tolbert said that “any situation is about opportunity” and the Bears’ lean receiving body offers Jones a big opportunity to show he was overlooked early in his college career. If he can, the feeling that the Bears haven’t done enough to shore up their offense this offseason may not last.