Chicago Bears extensive receiver Velus Jones Jr. took a second-quarter pitch Sunday at Soldier Field, broke towards the precise sideline and squeezed previous three Minnesota Vikings defenders.
When he broke by means of the opening on the opposite facet, it was straight grass to the top zone for a 42-yard landing, the on-field spotlight of the Bears’ 29-13 loss.
“I had the bulldozer (fullback Khari Blasingame) ahead of me,” Jones mentioned. “Literally I used to be hiding away from the DB as a result of he was looking for the angle to get round me. I used my good blocker. KB, he sealed the deal for me. And so when he lastly dedicated exterior, KB washed him down and I simply stayed in bounds and took off.
“I don’t know if I was surprised, but I saw the end zone so you know I had to make a run for it.”
Jones’ landing, a 28-yard catch and 4 kickoff returns for 82 yards allowed the rookie to finish a bumpy season with just a few good moments. Entering the sport, he had eight carries for 61 yards and 6 catches for 79 yards.
“I’m confident in my abilities,” Jones mentioned. “These coaches know what I can do. … I’ll just stack off of this, train my butt off and get ready for OTAs when that time comes around.”
What’s subsequent for David Montgomery?
Bears operating again David Montgomery took images in the midst of the sector with an enormous group of what gave the impression to be family and friends after the loss.
Montgomery, a 2019 third-round choose, wrapped up his fourth season with 201 carries for 801 yards and 5 touchdowns, second on the workforce in speeding yards and touchdowns to quarterback Justin Fields. He has rushed for greater than 800 yards in every of his 4 seasons, together with a excessive of 1,070 in 2020.
The Bears have a call to make on Montgomery’s future as he’s set to turn out to be a free agent. Running again Khalil Herbert, who had 129 carries for 731 yards and 4 touchdowns, will return subsequent season.
Montgomery mentioned he needed to decompress earlier than entering into what’s subsequent along with his agent.
“I’ve just been focused on the game,” Montgomery mentioned. “We’ll get into that when the time comes. I just need to … allow my emotions to soak in and just be grateful for the opportunities I was blessed with for the last four years.”
Hard week for Jaquan Brisker
Rookie security Jaquan Brisker mentioned he took time away from the Bears within the week main as much as Sunday’s sport as he handled watching Buffalo Bills security Damar Hamlin endure cardiac arrest on “Monday Night Football.”
Brisker mentioned he has identified Hamlin for the reason that eighth grade within the Pittsburgh space and has educated with him. He praised the teaching workers for permitting him to take the time away and was thrilled Hamlin has made a outstanding restoration. Hamlin spoke to his teammates Friday on a video convention and tweeted through the Bills sport Sunday.
“It was very difficult seeing it happen to him like that, him go down and being in critical condition,” Brisker mentioned. “That was very powerful. Really, simply mentally, it was dangerous. I actually needed to step away from the power for a bit of bit and gather my ideas.
“The coaches were by our sides — anyone who needed it. That was a difficult time in football and in the world. You never want to see something like that happen to anyone, not even your worst enemy. I feel like the staff and everybody had a good job of having our backs.”
Quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko and quarterback Nathan Peterman, who each went to Hamlin’s alma mater of Pittsburgh, wore Hamlin jerseys into the stadium Sunday to honor him.
“It was just huge news this week, very relieving,” Peterman mentioned. “I was so thankful to see the power of prayer really work.”