6 Rookies who are making an immediate impact for the Chicago Bears

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Chicago Bears, Velus Jones, Jr.
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Velus Jones, Jr. has made a similar impact to Kyler Gordon for the Chicago Bears

The last guy on this list is third-round pick, Velus Jones, Jr. Ryan Poles received a bunch of flack for selecting a 25-year-old rookie. Well, he has looked solid in training camp and came out to play vs. the Seahawks in his preseason debut last Thursday. He should slot in as the third wide receiver on the depth chart with Byron Pringle still struggling to stay healthy.

Jones looks to be a bigger version of Deebo Samuel. He is going to be used all over the field and will likely start with specific sub-packages while Darnell Mooney and Equanimeous St. Brown lock down the WR1 and WR2 roles.

Jones also brings something special to the return game. We saw it last week as he had a very nice return of 50+ yards against the Seahawks. I am excited to see what Jones can do with the ball in his hands. I’d expect to see some WR screens early on and the blocking already looks to be better on those this year than under Matt Nagy.

All of these rookies are making immediate impacts and we haven’t even discussed some of the others who look to be developmental guys. Doug Kramer is on injured reserve but was pushing Sam Mustipher for the backup center spot. Dominque Robinson should see time in the defensive end rotation this season as well. Overall, it looks to be a very solid 2022 NFL Draft for Ryan Poles and the Chicago Bears. Building through the draft is how you set yourself up for success and hopefully, these early returns lead to sustained greatness.