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WR Zay Jones - Buffalo Bills

6-2, 201Born: 3-30-1995College: East CarolinaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Kelvin Benjamin avoided serious injury, but he seems unable to generate momentum this year. With Jordan Matthews also banged up, the now healthy Jones has a real chance to emerge as the primary receiver for the Bills down the stretch and provide viable emergency depth.

Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Good matchup. Mercifully, Tyrod Taylor has been reinstalled as the Bills' starter. It took a truly disastrous showing from rookie Nathan Peterman - just 4.71 yards per attempt and 5 interceptions - for coach Sean McDermott to realize the folly of replacing Taylor, a marginal but effective passer, for a late-round rookie on a hunch. Taylor isn't a dynamic passer, nor a particularly efficient one, but he's the clear-cut best choice here in 2017. He mostly avoids turnovers, and he already carries rapport with most his weapons, namely LeSean McCoy, Charles Clay, and rookie wideout Zay Jones. (New addition Kelvin Benjamin may be set to lose time to a knee injury.) We can expect more of the same - a modest 6.60 yards per attempt and 3.9% touchdown rate, yet difference-making rushing totals - going forward, albeit with a shorter leash. The Kansas City pass defense, a major sore spot through the season's early going, has enjoyed a noticeable boost over the last three weeks. Still, the successes have come against a handful of bottom-tier passing games, and they haven't been enough to keep them from the league's bottom five in yardage allowed. Aside from All-Pro Marcus Peters, the cornerbacks have been atrocious in coverage, and opposing wideouts have caught a league-high 15 touchdowns against them. Buffalo lacks the firepower to truly best this defense, but if Tyrod Taylor throws with any real volume Sunday, his ceiling is definitely elevated.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs OAK 55 0 0 0 5 3 32 0 0 3.2
9 at NYJ 40 0 0 0 7 6 53 1 0 11.3
11 at LAC 53 0 0 0 7 4 68 0 0 6.8
12 at KC PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *
12 at KC PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Bills | Zay Jones has best game yet (Sun Nov 19, 10:57 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones posted four receptions for a season-best 68 yards in Week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Bills | Zay Jones not on injury report (Fri Nov 17, 05:48 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 17, and is not on the injury report for Week 11.

Our View: Jones could work as a relief valve receiver for new starting QB Nate Peterman. We're not starting him in most formats, but we are monitoring the Bills passing game to see which WRs Peterman prefers targeting.
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Bills | Week 11 injury report for Buffalo (Fri Nov 17, 02:04 PM) - Buffalo Bills OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle), OG John Miller (ankle) and RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) did not practice Friday, Nov. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 11 versus the Los Angeles Chargers. TE Charles Clay (knee), DE Jerry Hughes (shin, calf) and WR Jordan Matthews (knee) were each limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), CB E.J. Gaines (hamstring), PK Stephen Hauschka, OG Richie Incognito (rest), WR Zay Jones (ankle), RB LeSean McCoy (rest) and DT Kyle Williams (rest) were all removed from the injury report.

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Bills | Full practice for Zay Jones (Thu Nov 16, 03:48 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 16.

Our View: Jones has had little to no impact this year even beyond our low expectations, that is until last week. It was what passes for a breakout week for a guy like Jones, with 53 yards and a score his first of the year. Rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman isn't exactly stoking our enthusiasm level for Jones either. We'd keep him on the bench this week until we get a bead on the offense again.
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Bills | Zay Jones optimistic (Wed Nov 15, 08:28 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Zay Jones (knee) said he is optimistic about his availability for Week 11.

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