WR Zay Jones - Las Vegas Raiders
|6-2, 201||Born: 3-30-1995||College: East Carolina||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2017|
2019 Week 3 vs CIN (3 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones had a relatively quiet game against the Bengals with only two catches. His highlight was a post down the seam that he caught in traffic on a terrific throw by Josh Allen. He could have had a big fantasy day, as he broke open deep at the end of the first half but was overthrown on a pass that would have been a walk-in touchdown. Jones faces the Patriots next week.
2019 Week 8 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Jones played 39% of the snaps in his Raiders debut. He caught a crossing route for 12 yards and a post route for 15 yards. He wasn't targeted in the second half.
2019 Week 9 vs DET (4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Jones has quickly become an almost every down player for the Raiders. No skill position player (aside from Derek Carr) was on the field more than Jones, who played 92% of the snaps. He picked up 9 yards on a short dump off after going in motion across the formation pre-snap. Jones was targeted in the end zone on a 3rd-and-goal from the three-yard line and drew a pass interference penalty.
2019 Week 10 vs LAC (3 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
The Raiders played over half their snaps with two or fewer wide receivers on the field, which led to Jones seeing less time on the field (67%) of snaps.
2019 Week 11 vs CIN (3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Jones was targeted on a quick out route down by the goal line. He wasn't quite able to get the edge and was dropped a yard short of the end zone, forcing the Raiders to settle for a field goal. Jones picked up 13 on a key 3rd-and-6 late in the fourth quarter to keep the clock running.
2019 Week 17 vs DEN (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Jones started and led all Raiders wide receivers in snaps with 60 (82%). Despite being on the field most of the game, Jones was targeted just twice in a game Carr threw the ball 46 times. Jones is very rarely the primary read and mostly an afterthought in the offense.
2018 Week 1 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones led the Bills in receiving against the Ravens. Jones struggled with drops last year and was able to haul in a sliding catch that required high level of concentration, so there was positive to take from his performance.
2018 Week 2 vs LAC (3 / 2 / 63 / 0 rec)
After being heavily targeted in week one, Kelvin Benjamin was limited against the Chargers to only three targets but converted one on a post for a touchdown. Benjamin may a good catch on the play in tight coverage to haul in a Josh Allen fast ball. Benjamin was not targeted in the first half.
2018 Week 3 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones caught his only target, a dig route across the middle. Jones was off the field in favor of Robert Foster and Ray-Ray McCloud at times during the game.
2018 Week 4 vs GB (7 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones had a quiet start to the game but had four catches in the fourth quarter, establishing what is the first rapport Josh Allen has showed with a receiver. Jones was running short and intermediate routes and getting open, albeit in garbage time. Jones could build on the performance next week if Kelvin Benjamin misses time.
2018 Week 5 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones was used early in the game to move the chains on third downs. Jones was motioned to get him free and was able to convert two third downs with runs after the catch along the perimeter. The volume was low in the game, but Jones has become the most dependable target for Josh Allen over the past two games.
2018 Week 6 vs HOU (8 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec)
Zay Jones led the Bills in targets with 8 and scored the only Buffalo touchdown. Jones ran a double move with a hard fake to create room for a score in the back of the end zone, one of the few times this year where Jones has been used as a vertical threat. Jones was also used in a chain moving role, with multiple targets on third down, including a catch that set up a long field goal. Jones has been a much better player this year than last and has seen a consistent role in a possession receiver type role.
2018 Week 7 vs IND (5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones had a quiet game on a day Buffalo's offense was not good. Jones was involved early in the game on a screen and had a good in the intermediate middle but was otherwise quiet. Jones has been more consistent this season than last, but the volume and quality of the targets remain low.
2018 Week 9 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Zay Jones had a quiet game against Chicago. His work was primarily in the short passing game and was targeted multiple times on third down, but managed little fantasy success. Jones was targeted in the red zone on a quick screen but was held out of the end zone.
2018 Week 10 vs NYJ (11 / 8 / 93 / 1 rec)
Zay Jones had one of his best performances in his career against the Jets on Sunday. Jones found the end zone on a well-run post pattern from the slot. Jones has seen his role stabilize as a chain moving receiver in the slot in recent weeks. He was a frequent target on third down and worked well with Matt Barkley's ability to throw the ball in the short area of the field. Jones was able to get a big play of 33 yards on a short crossing route he turned up field to make a contested catch. Jones has a bye next week and will face Jacksonville in two weeks.
2018 Week 12 vs JAX (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones recent stretch of strong play took a hit with the return of Josh Allen. Allen missed Jones badly on a third down crossing route on his only legitimate target. Jones was also in the vicinity of an end of the half Hail Mary attempt but was unable to reach the ball before it fell incomplete. He will look to rebound against Miami next week.
2018 Week 13 vs MIA (9 / 4 / 67 / 2 rec)
After a quiet game last week, Zay Jones had a career game against the Jets. Jones caught two touchdowns, one across the back of the end zone on a Josh Allen scramble and the other a contested dig route where Jones showed good strength, concentration, and effort to catch the ball and get into the end zone. Jones could have had an even bigger day, but Josh Allen threw the ball behind him on a post in the end zone, where he was wide open. Jones had a drop on a crossing route on a high ball, but the game was one of the better of his career. Allen is high variance and struggles in the chain moving role Jones had with Nathan Peterman, Derek Anderson, and Matt Barkley playing quarterback, so seeing him play deeper in the passing game is a good development for his role in the Allen led offense. Jones will look to continue his strong play next week against the Jets.
2018 Week 14 vs NYJ (9 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones had a rough day in the first game since Kelvin Benjamin was waived. Jones was targeted early on quick out routes but dropped a crossing route and a curl later in the game. He was also targeted in the end zone, but tightly covered and the ball was broken up by good coverage. Jones also had the opportunity on the Buffalo version of the Philly Special, throwing a high point ball to Josh Allen in the end zone that Allen could not haul in. Jones will look to bounce back next week against the Lions.
2018 Week 15 vs DET (6 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Zay Jones struggled against Detroit managing only one catch on a curl route. Jones had the opportunity for a bigger day, with a deep target he was not able to catch in contested coverage and a drop on a post route. He also drew a defensive pass interference on an out and up along the sideline. Jones has struggled with drops in recent weeks after several weeks of strong play. He will look to rebound next week in New England.
2018 Week 16 vs NE (9 / 5 / 67 / 1 rec)
Zay Jones had a quiet first half before salvaging his game with multiple catches in garbage time. Jones has struggled to elevate his game after the trade of release of Kelvin Benjamin and the continued emergence of Robert Foster. Jones managed a deep touchdown when the game was all but over, on a busted coverage where two defenders ran into each other, which left Jones wide open in the end zone. Jones will face Miami next week.
2018 Week 17 vs MIA (9 / 6 / 93 / 2 rec)
Zay Jones had a strong finish to the 2018 season. Jones established an early rapport with Josh Allen on a slant, and then was targeted on a slant that was thrown to his back shoulder. Jones did a great job to catch the ball and turn outside for a run after catch touchdown. He was targeted later on a deep crosser where he ran a crossing mesh concept and broke wide open on a blown coverage for a touchdown. Jones finished the season as a top 40 WR after a tumultuous rookie year and showed improved rapport with Josh Allen at the end of the season, setting up positive momentum for his third season.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.