Velus Jones

Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver
Chicago Bears
Wide Receiver

Velus Jones News

Small role in offense

Jones rushed once for one yard in the Bears' 28-19 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Jones' biggest contribution, as usual, was as a kick returner. He returned four kickoffs for 114 yards to go along with his one rushing attempt. On the season, he has five targets and six carries, and aside from leagues that award points for return yardage, his fantasy value is minimal right now.

Dec 4, 2022 5:56 PM EST


Handles two rushing attempts

Jones rushed twice for for six yards in the Bears' 31-10 loss to the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: Jones has 45 rushing yards and 24 receiving yards this season, and his biggest impact is as a kick returner. Aside from leagues that include kick return yardage, Jones has yet to become a fantasy factor as a receiver.

Nov 27, 2022 5:40 PM EST



In line to play Sunday

Jones (coach's decision) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Jones was sidelined during each of the Bears' last two games due to a coach's decision, but he's now slated to return to action Sunday versus Atlanta and serve as Chicago's primary kick and punt returner.

Nov 20, 2022 8:52 AM EST


Healthy scratch once again

Jones (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against Detroit.

Analysis: Jones will be a healthy scratch for the second straight week after appearing in five consecutive games. The rookie third-round pick may have a difficult time seeing the field now that the Bears' wideout corps in back to full strength.

Nov 13, 2022 8:57 AM EST


Healthy scratch

Jones (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Jones will be inactive for the first time since Week 3, though his absences early in the season were due to injury. He's now lost his role with both N'Keal Harry and new addition Chase Claypool active to take on Miami. Jones' absence is likely to be felt most on special teams, where Khalil Herbert and Trestan Ebner are candidates to take over as return specialists.

Nov 6, 2022 8:38 AM EST



Productive as rusher

Jones caught one pass for five yards and rushed twice for 33 yards In the Bears' 49-29 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

Analysis: Jones had at least 15 yards on each of his rushing attempts, but he just missed out on a big play when Justin Fields slightly overthrew him on a deep pass after the receiver ran past a pair of defenders. With this being his most productive game of the season, the rookie will need to post more consistent production before being a player who can be relied upon in fantasy lineups.

Oct 30, 2022 5:26 PM EST


Loses costly fumble

Jones rushed once for eight yards, caught one pass for 10 yards and lost a fumble on a punt return in the Bears' 12-7 loss to the Commanders on Thursday.

Analysis: Jones played 12 snaps and had a minor role in the Bears offense. However, his lost fumble on a punt in the fourth quarter gave the Commanders the ball deep in the red zone, which led to Washington scoring the game-winning touchdown. On the season, Jones has been targeted five times, which puts a limit on his upside until his role increases.

Oct 14, 2022 4:09 AM EST


Scores on first NFL reception

Jones caught a nine-yard touchdown in the Bears' 29-22 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: The rookie was targeted once on a shovel pass in the red zone. He also returned a pair of kickoffs for 39 yards. In a low-volume passing attack, Jones will need his role to expand before he can be considered a reliable fantasy option aside from leagues that include return yardage.

Oct 9, 2022 6:36 PM EST


Makes NFL debut

Jones wasn't targeted in the Bears' 20-12 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Jones did contribute by returning two kickoffs for 44 yards and a pair of punts for 19 yards. He missed part of training camp along with the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury. It's possible he begins to see more work on offense in the near future, but with the Bears averaging fewer than 20 pass attempts per week, there may not be many targets to go around.

Oct 2, 2022 6:13 PM EST


Suiting up Sunday

Jones (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Jones got in a full practice Friday for the first time since the season began, and he will suit up Sunday for the first time as a professional. It's unclear what role he will step into, and no team has thrown for fewer yards than the Bears, so don't expect him to do much in his debut. Long-term, though, the third-round rookie could be a factor in Chicago's receiving corps.

Oct 2, 2022 8:43 AM EST


Week 4 debut likely

Jones (hamstring) was a full practice participant Friday and has practiced every day this week, so the rookie third-round pick could be in line to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Giants, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports. Jones is officially listed as questionable.

Analysis: Jones has missed Chicago's first three games while recovering from a hamstring injury, but he could be ready to debut in Week 4. He played alongside the starters in three-receiver sets during the preseason, but Jones may be brought along slowly in games that count and Chicago has employed the most run-heavy offensive approach of any team in the early going, so fantasy managers are best served taking a wait-and-see approach with the rookie out of Tennessee.

Sep 30, 2022 12:07 PM EST


Stays limited in practice

Jones (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: The rookie wideout has now turned in four straight limited practices dating back to last week, but he might need to turn in a full session Friday to avoid taking an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Giants. Even if he remains limited Friday, Jones could still have a shot at making his NFL debut this weekend, though he likely wouldn't hold a prominent role on offense right away. The rookie is expected to make his initial impact on special teams as a return man.

Sep 29, 2022 1:05 PM EST


Another limited practice

Jones (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: A rookie third-round pick, Jones has yet to make his pro debut due to a hamstring injury. He told Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com on Wednesday that he "definitely had a setback" during his recovery, but he felt "really good today." Jones likely is referencing a limited practice to begin Week 2 prep, after which he didn't get back on the field for more than a week. He's now logged three consecutive capped sessions dating back to last Thursday, which indicates he may be trending toward his first appearance of the season Sunday at the Giants.

Sep 28, 2022 1:09 PM EST


Debut still on hold

Jones (hamstring) is inactive Week 3 against the Texans.

Analysis: Jones saw more reps on the practice field this week, but the third-round pick will ultimately sit in favor of more experienced contributors. His next chance to suit up will be Week 4 against the Giants.

Sep 25, 2022 8:54 AM EST


Doubtful for Week 3

Jones (hamstring) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Analysis: Jones is slowly trending in the right direction, logging limited practice Thursday and Friday after opening the week with an absence. Even so, the rookie third-round pick will most likely remain sidelined against Houston. If he sits out in Week 3, Jones' next opportunity to make his NFL debut will come in Week 4 against the Giants.

Sep 23, 2022 11:59 AM EST


Logs limited practice Thursday

Jones (hamstring) was limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: This marks Jones' second time getting on the practice field this season as he attempts to put a hamstring injury behind him. If he's able to maintain or even increase his activity level at Friday's session, he could put himself in a position to make his NFL debut Sunday against the Texans.

Sep 22, 2022 1:04 PM EST


DNP on Wednesday

Jones (hamstring) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: The Bears so far have filed seven injury reports this season, and Jones has been a DNP on six of them, only practicing last Wednesday in a limited capacity. A hamstring injury has been to blame and so far has delayed his pro debut. It remains to be seen when the rookie third-round pick will be cleared for game action.

Sep 21, 2022 1:39 PM EST


Ruled out for Week 2

Jones (hamstring) won't play in Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Jones has been officially ruled out for a second consecutive week. The rookie third-round pick will look to heal up in time to make his NFL debut in Week 3 against Houston.

Sep 18, 2022 4:02 PM EST


Doubtful for Week 2

Jones (hamstring) didn't practice Friday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Packers, Courtney Cronin of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With the rookie highly likely to miss a second straight game, the Bears figure to roll with Darnell Mooney, Equanimeous St. Brown and Dante Pettis as their top three receivers again. It's unclear if Jones will shake that up once he gets healthy or if he'll merely have a depth role.

Sep 16, 2022 12:18 PM EST


Back to no practice

Jones (hamstring) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: After a seeming test run on the field Wednesday, when he was considering limited, Jones may have taken a step back as he tends to a hamstring injury. The rookie third-round pick is seeking his pro debut, but that could be in danger if he logs another DNP to wrap up Week 2 prep.

Sep 15, 2022 1:50 PM EST


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