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Velus Jones shows his playmaking skill in preseason debut

Bears’ rookie Velus Jones Jr. fumbled the opening kickoff at the end of a 31-yard return Thursday night. He later completed a 48-yard punt return to set up a touchdown.



On Thursday night, after returning the opening kickoff 31 yards, Bears rookie Velus Jones Jr. mishandled it. Despite recovering, he lost 3 yards. Later on, by returning a punt 48 yards to set up a touchdown, he demonstrated why the Bears selected him.

Jones mastered having a short memory a long time ago.

According to Larry Mayer of the team website, Jones remarked, “Growing up, my grandma always taught me there’s nothing you can do about something if it’s in the past, and I have that mentality. “I am aware that difficulties might arise at any time during a football game. It’s all in how you react. I am aware of my skills. When I have the ball in my hands, I know what I can do. So there is never any stress. I never feel sorry for myself; all I do is anticipate the next play.

To perform the feat against the Seahawks, the Bears selected Jones in the third round of the draft. While playing for Tennessee, he shared the SEC’s special teams player of the year award in 2021 after returning one kickoff for a score and averaging 15.1 yards on 18 punt returns.

He is certainly quick, according to coach Matt Eberflus. He is volatile. He faces a difficulty because he is a rookie and must enter the situation and demonstrate his abilities to the other players. He seems capable of meeting the challenge.

Jones made his preseason debut on Thursday after missing the first game with an unexplained injury. He returned two punts, one kickoff, and one pass for a total of four yards.

It gives me a lot more confidence,” Jones remarked. It was a nice feeling all around since “I was just thinking about the plays I was going to make all day in the hotel, just trying to imagine everything.”

Initial article by Velus Jones from the preseason was published on Pro Football Talk.