Chicago Bears 5 takeaways from victory over Seahawks

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3. Velus Jones Jr. is impressive as a returner

When the Chicago Bears drafted Velus Jones in the third round it caused a lot of rumbling. Most draft experts had him going in the fifth round. The Bears needed a receiver but not many had Jones as the one they’d go after.

Jones missed the first preseason game so he made his debut against the Seahawks. He made a nice return on the first play, taking it to the 31. There were plenty of times last season when the returner couldn’t get the ball to the 25. He took a big hit and fumbled, but it was recovered.

Jones didn’t dwell on the fumble, though. Late in the first quarter, he returned a punt for 48 yards. His incredible speed and explosiveness were on full display. He went to the left sideline quickly and eluded would-be tacklers.

"When I grabbed the ball, there was a guy on the punt team who was in front of me. But I saw a crease by the sideline. It’s just a natural feeling when you get back there. So I made my cut, I just wiggled through, found the gaps and the spaces."

The Bears are looking to take advantage of Jones’ speed and explosiveness. They want him to touch the ball as much as possible. The more he has the ball, the better the chances of big plays. He is a big play waiting to happen. So far, he looks good on special teams.