4 biggest fallers after Chicago Bears offseason program

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Chicago Bears, Dante Pettis
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2. Dante Pettis is watching Chicago Bears try to replace him

Dante Pettis is weirdly in a spot where you can make the case that is he is a riser and a faller. Due to the injuries of Chase Claypool and Darnell Mooney, he has been able to get starting work still. Beyond that, the team does not have anyone to push him out of the starting punt return job, yet.

On the flip side, when you look at the numbers one of Pettis, Velus Jones, and Equanimeous St. Brown will get cut. Of the three, Pettis seems to be the one that they are activetley trying to replace.

Pettis is getting wide receiver work due to the injuries, but his job is won and lost based on being a punt return man. This is why it is significant that Velus Jones and Tyler Scott were getting long looks as a return option. Scott is a rookie, and Jones lost the job last year, so neither is locked in.

However, you can tell that if the Bears had their way, one of those two would step up. Jones being a dual return man would lock him in, and they want to keep the rookie Scott, but he needs to bring some sort of value such as returning. Scott will get six weeks to come back and win the job, and it may be favored for him to take it, so long as he does not mess it up. Pettis will not go easily, but the Chicago Bears would like for him to be replaced by younger options.