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Bears met with USC running back Ronald Jones

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The Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs had a lot of interesting nuggets in his 10 Thoughts on the Chicago Bears column today, including info on a running back the Bears met with at the NFL Combine.

According to Biggs, the Bears had USC’s Ronald Jones as one of their 60 official interviews. Jones checked in at 5’10”, 205 pounds at the combine, but a tweaked hamstring during his forty yard dash ended his day last Friday. It was reported that Jones has been trying to fight through the hamstring injury for the last three weeks. USC’s pro day is only 15 days away (March 21), so his participation could be up in the air.

Jones is “often compared to All-Pro Jamaal Charles,” according to SB Nation’s USC site, Conquest Chronicles, because “both backs share an innate playmaking ability despite their sub-six foot, 200-pound frames. Their explosiveness out of the field propels them to give an almost unreal momentum to give spectacular plays or as Jones displayed all last season—the ability run over a defender.”

Jones played at around 185 pounds in 2015 and 2016, but he muscled up to his current weight of 205 for the 2017 season. During his three year career, he racked up 3,619 yards (6.1 ypc) with 39 TDs on the ground, and he added 32 receptions for 302 yards and 3 TDs in the passing game.

Lance Zierleine of believes Jones has the skills to be a productive pass catcher at the next level, and he has him with a 1st-2nd round grade.

What are your thoughts on the Bears meeting with Ronald Jones?