5 changes Chicago Bears must make with mini-bye

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1. Will the Chicago Bears bench Velus Jones

Yes, this is a bit contradictory to the slide a few back. We want to see Velus Jones on offense more, but do not need to see him return punts for a bit. The Chicago Bears saw him fumble two games away now, and Thursday was far more costly than his first fumble against the Giants.

The reason we can trust him on offense still is that both fumbles came to tracking the football. He was moving at the last second as he went to haul in the ball and both showed poor form. On offense, he is hardly catching the ball, they are handing it to him on reverses. Still, the time for him to return punts is probably over for now.

Matt Erbflus was given a chance to excuse the issue when he was asked if Velus Jones was still getting used to things given it is just his third week in the NFL. They also asked about the wind.

Eberflus said that Jones has no excuse and that the wind was fine. He was blunt in saying that the issue is solely on Jones. It sounds pretty clear that they will be going back to Dante Pettis as their punt return man, which could cause the even swap.

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Pettis loses time to Jones offense, but loses his punt return job to Petts in the meantime. Either way it would be surprising if Jones did return punts on Monday against the Patriots.