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Week 1 vs. TEN
Receiving: 6 / 80 / 0 on 10 targets
Jones was the most targeted player, and did a good job of running after the catch. Seven of the passes thrown to him were in the intermediate range, and he displayed good hands and use of his height to catch the ball, then gain yards afterwards. While he did not show explosiveness, he ran his routes well and managed to get open the majority of the time.
Week 2 vs. BUF
Receiving: 5 / 50 / 0 on 10 targets
Jones caught five passes for 50 yards but his longest play went for 12 yards. He is a tall receiver who seems to get bumped off his routes and outfought for receptions with regularity. He made some good grabs, but he doesn't seem like the guy who is going to make the tough catch.
Week 3 vs. IND
Receiving: 4 / 32 / 0 on 4 targets
Jones was the most targeted player, and was asked to run short routes exclusively. He did a good job of that, and used his size to put himself between the defender and the ball and make the catch. All four of his receptions were for first downs.
Week 4 vs. HOU
Receiving: 5 / 71 / 1 on 7 targets
Jones continued the good start to his season by posting his fourth consecutive game with five or more receptions. He used his size to advantage by getting between the ball and his defenders for some of his receptions. Jones also ran well after the catch on a couple other receptions, including the short pass he turned into a touchdown. He played with a lot of confidence in this game.
Week 5 vs. PIT
Receiving: 2 / 25 / 0 on 6 targets
Jones was involved in the first half, making a 15 yard catch and drawing a pass interference penalty in the end zone on a deep pattern which lead to a Jacksonville touchdown. He was unable to get anything going in the second half.
Week 6 vs. DEN
Receiving: 7 / 69 / 0 on 10 targets
Jones was the most targeted Jacksonville receiver in this game, hauling in seven of his ten targets for 69 yards. Jones mostly caught short passes, his longest on the afternoon going for 14 yards.
Week 8 vs. CLE
Receiving: 8 / 117 / 1 on 16 targets
Jones was used in a variety of ways and played well. He used his size on shorter slant routes to gain short yardage, and also ran intermediate routes very well, managing to get open on most of those routes. Jones displayed good hands, catching most of the passes thrown near him, and running well in traffic after securing the ball. Four of the incompletions thrown his way were thrown out of his reach. He also came close to another touchdown, as he tried tapping a ball thrown to him in the end zone while being well defended, but as he tried to secure it, another defender hit him with one second remaining in the game.
Week 9 vs. CIN
Receiving: 7 / 69 / 0 on 12 targets
Jones received nine of his targets in the second half, and caught seven of those nine passes. He ran a variety of routes well, mostly intermediate with some shorter ones thrown in. Jones demonstrated excellent hands in coming down with a few catches in traffic. Of the four targets he did not catch, three were thrown out of his reach and the other was intercepted by a Bengals linebacker who was playing zone. Jones was adept at gaining yards after the catch, running well in traffic and managing to lean forward for extra yards after being tackled.
Week 10 vs. DET
Receiving: 5 / 62 / 0 on 5 targets
WR Matt Jones left the game in the second half with a bruised thigh but before that he was a reliable target for QB David Garrard.
Week 12 vs. MIN
Receiving: 4 / 37 / 0 on 9 targets
Jones was a regular part of the offense, but wasn't able to get much separation. He caught just a single pass in the second half despite Jacksonville throwing the ball twenty times. And on that play, he fumbled. He did get open over the middle on a slant pattern, but Garrard threw the ball a bit behind him and he was unable to bring the pass in.
Week 13 vs. HOU
Receiving: 8 / 104 / 0 on 11 targets
Jones was QB David Garrard's favorite target as he led the Jaguars in targets, receptions and receiving yards. His eight receptions included longer gains of 17, 24, and 27 yards with the longest of those coming on a fourth and two play in which the wide out took the ball down to the Texans' six yard line. Jones was targeted on a deep pass in the third quarter, but the ball was a little overthrown.
Week 14 vs. CHI
Receiving: 3 / 34 / 0 on 7 targets
Matt Jones didn't have a great day. Most of that was due to double coverage or very tight bump and run coverage.