WR Zay Jones - Buffalo Bills
|6-2, 201||Born: 3-30-1995||College: East Carolina||Drafted: Round 2|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 18 vs JAX (4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones's disappointing rookie season was encapsulated in Buffalo's loss to Jacksonville. He had a ball he should have caught in tight coverage where he was overwhelmed by the physical corner play at the catch point. Jones struggled with drops all season, after entering the NFL with reliable hands. Jones struggled to get open and was overwhelmed by the speed and the strength of NFL secondaries.
2017 Week 17 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones continued to be phased out of the Buffalo offense against Miami. He was targeted once on a ball that bounced before he could extend to catch it.
2017 Week 16 vs NE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For the second consecutive week, Zay Jones had no impact on the Buffalo offense. He was held without a target and is behind Kelvin Benjamin, Deonte Thompson, LeSean McCoy and Charles Clay in the Buffalo passing game.
2017 Week 15 vs MIA (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones had minimal involvement in the Buffalo offense. He had two deep targets, one that was overthrown, and another that was dropped in contested coverage. Jones has struggled throughout the season to create separation and make difficult catches. He has fallen in the order of priority behind Deonte Thompson in the offense.
2017 Week 14 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones was not targeted in the game. The Buffalo offense was limited by the weather, and only targeted four players on the day.
2017 Week 13 vs NE (7 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones struggled to separate, despite high level usage. Jones was targeted unsuccessfully three times in the end zone by Nathan Peterman on a late drive. Two of the targets were fade routes that were broken up by CB Stephon Gilmore, and the other was a dig along the back of the end zone that was overthrown by Peterman. Jones also had a ball broken up on a crossing route. Jones continued a recent trend of being treated like a number one receiver in the Buffalo offense, but is unable to fill the role. When Jones was covered by Gillmore he was thoroughly overmatched.
2017 Week 12 vs KC (10 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
Zay Jones continued to show improvement against the Kansas City Chiefs. He scored Buffalo's lone touchdown on a drag route in the red zone. Jones made a strong cut out of his stem and created space throughout his route, where Tyrod Taylor found him on his bootleg. Jones also showed reliable hands, catching the ball underneath on multiple occasions. One of his targets was a well-run slant pass where Jones ran through the tackle attempt of a Kansas City linebacker. With a team high 10 targets, Jones only caught three passes, but the inefficiency was not entirely his fault. Two of his targets were uncatchable, and defenders made solid plays to break up two other targets. Jones continued to struggle to create space against coverage deep down the field.
2017 Week 11 vs LAC (7 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)
With Kelvin Benjamin out early with a knee injury, Jones was second on the team in targets. It was an up-and-down game for Jones against the Chargers, not seeing a target until the mid-third quarter with Tyrod Taylor under the center and Nathan Peterman benched following a horrific first half. Jones dropped a slant route target and had two optimal targets (one deep and one in the end zone) tipped away by defenders. Two of Jones' longest gains came in wide open situations, one on a third down crossing route and another gorgeous throw by Tyrod Taylor while rolling left. Jones would assume the No.1 role if Kelvin Benjamin misses time.
2017 Week 9 vs NYJ (7 / 6 / 53 / 1 rec)
Zay Jones had his best day as a professional, catching six passes for 53 yards on seven targets. Jones scored the first touchdown of his career on a nice in breaking route in the end zone. Jones set the route up well and but the defense on skates out of his cut. After fighting through drops early in the season, Jones has shown growth in the past two weeks, showing solid hands and confidence in his routes. Jones had very good hands in college, and the drops were uncharacteristic. The past two weeks are a good sign that Jones is catching up to the speed of the NFL game. Jones was injured at the end of the first half with what looked like a horrific knee injury. He needed to be helped off the field by trainers, but he returned to the field in the second half. Jones did leave the game later in the second half, with what appeared to be an aggravation of the knee injury, and did not return to the game.
2017 Week 8 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
The Buffalo Bills focused on getting Jones involved early in the game, including two short routes on the first drive of the game that he caught in the middle of the field. Jones saw a deep target down the sideline, but Tyrod Taylor was throwing on the run and led Jones too far to make the catch inbounds. Jones also caught a deep crossing route for his long reception of 22 yards. Despite Jones's early season struggles, Tyrod Taylor has continued to show trust in Jones.
2017 Week 7 vs TB (9 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones was targeted a season high 9 times, but only managed two catches for 17 yards. Jones should have had a bigger day, but dropped one ball along the sideline and should have caught another ball that was broken up. Jones was targeted deep near the goal line but got his feet tangled with the Tampa cornerback, and the ball was overthrown. Jones lacks the ability to consistently catch the ball, but appears to maintain the confidence of Tyrod Taylor.
2017 Week 5 vs CIN (6 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones was targeted six times on the game, but only managed a catch for nine yards. Jones had his weekly drop on a screen pass. The ball was low, but Jones had his hands on it before dropping the ball. Jones was targeted in red zone on a fade route where he got separation on the play but the ball was low and in front of him. Jones dove and caught the ball but the ball dragged him out of bound before he could establish possession. His one catch was a sliding catch across the middle of the field. Jones did manage to draw a defensive pass interference penalty on a catchable ball on in the intermediate portion of the field. However, Jones continued his season long trend of looking overwhelmed against NFL corners.
2017 Week 4 vs ATL (5 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Another week and another Zay Jones drop on a big play. This week, Jones was targeted on a deep target on the perimeter where he had separation on his route. Tyrod Taylor's throw led Jones slightly too far, and Jones had to dive for the ball. Jones had the ball in his hands on the dive, but dropped the ball while falling to the ground. He also had the opportunity to make a catch on an inbreaking route where he created separation, but the throw and defender got to Jones at the same time, and he was unable to catch the ball. Jones lone catch was a well-run comeback route along the left sideline.
2017 Week 3 vs DEN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones continued his struggles to catch the ball against Denver. He was targeted on a slant route in the end zone in the second quarter by an on-target throw, but the ball deflected off his hands to Andre Holmes who caught it for a touchdown. Jones was open on the play, but this is the second week where he dropped a potential touchdown pass. His only other target was overthrown by Tyrod Taylor who was under pressure on the play. Jones had plenty of room to run after the catch, if he caught the target. Jones was otherwise limited in the game, and continued his struggle to get open down the field.
2017 Week 2 vs CAR (6 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones was the second most targeted Bill with six which he converted into two catches for 18 yards. Jones struggled to create separation against the Carolina defense, which sat on his inbreaking routes. Jones made two nice catches adjusting to the ball, one on a slant route, and a second on a comeback route against the sideline. On the comeback, Jones elevated and extended his arms to catch a high throw by Tyrod Taylor. The last target to Jones was on a deep corner on fourth and 11 from the Carolina 33-yard line with 14 seconds left in the game. Jones split the zone coverage of the Carolina cornerback and safety on a corner route. The ball was thrown behind Jones, but he extended to get his finger tips on the ball before he dropped it. Jones is usually a surehanded receiver, but this was the second ball in the game that was on his hands which he did not catch. The catch was not easy and would have been a great catch that could have set up one final scoring chance.
2017 Week 1 vs NYJ (4 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones was limited to one catch on the day. The catch was on a dig route across the middle and turned upfield for a positive run after catch, but was otherwise limited in a low volume day. Jones was used both on the perimeter and in the slot throughout the game.
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