Which Chicago Bears players laid duds in Week 4 vs. Giants?
The Chicago Bears have a lot to think about coming from New York after a 20-12 loss to the Giants. Some questionable decisions late in the game as well as some poor execution led to the Bears falling in a game they should have won. There is a lot of blame to go around, but a few positions specifically stood out for the wrong reasons.
The Chicago Bears were beaten by their own mistakes against the Giants
Chicago Bears Dud No. 1: Velus Jones Jr., WR
First off, Velus Jones Jr. only had one mistake in this game, and unfortunately, it will be remembered as the play that lost the team the game. He muffed the punt that would have given the Bears the ball with just over two minutes left in decent field position. In his first career game, he made a terrible mistake that cost his team a prime opportunity.
While Jones is on the dud list because of that mistake, there are a lot of questions that come up regarding the entire situation. Why is a rookie receiver who is playing their first career game after being out for the first three weeks of the season? The Bears would not have needed this drive if they opted to go for the fourth and two on their last offensive drive.
Obviously, the team put Velus Jones Jr. at punt returner because of his electric play with the ball in his hands. We know what kind of athlete he is and his big play ability. Still, it was a lot of pressure on him which can make a simple task like catching a punt (which is actually a lot harder than it looks) a really complex thing to do.
Another reason Jones’ NFL debut was disappointing is that he was not used in the offense. He is a player that needs the ball in his hands, and he did not get an offensive touch today. While it is expected that they would ease him into the offense, they did not involve him at all, and the stagnant offense could have benefited from more Velus Jones touches.