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Zay Jones | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/30/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
College: East Carolina
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 2 (37) / BUF
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Zay Jones caught 2-of-6 targets for 18 yards in the Bills' Week 2 loss to the Panthers.
Jones nearly had a third catch, but couldn't corral what would have been a game-winning, 33-yard touchdown in the dying moments of the fourth quarter. It wasn't a perfect pass from Tyrod Taylor, but one an NFL receiver should have caught. The second-round rookie now has three catches for 39 yards through his first two games. The targets, catches and yardage should all slowly go up, but Jones doesn't have much of a WR4 case right now in one of the league's most run-focused offenses. Sep 17 - 7:14 PM

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Zay Jones caught 1-of-4 targets for 21 yards in Week 1 against the Jets.

Jones started, but faded behind Andre Holmes in the second half. He's behind Jordan Matthews, Charles Clay, and LeSean McCoy for targets. Jones is trending down going into next week's Panthers matchup.
Sep 10 - 4:57 PM

Zay Jones caught 3-of-8 targets for 28 yards in the Bills' third preseason game.

Tyrod Taylor (concussion) was knocked out on the game's first series, and Jones was targeted on No. 2 Nathan Peterman's first two passes. He led the Bills in targets. Jones has caught six passes for 70 yards this summer. Locked into a high-volume role, he's this year's Sterling Shepard from a guaranteed rookie usage perspective.
Aug 26 - 11:24 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said second-round WR Zay Jones will primarily play on the outside.

Considering their other top receivers -- Jordan Matthews and Anquan Boldin -- almost have to play in the slot, it is not a surprise the Bills plan to use Jones outside, but it will be a departure from how he was deployed in college. His role expanded his final year at East Carolina, however, and he certainly has the physical tools to play outside. With Matthews falling behind as he recovers from a chest injury, Jones could open the season as the No. 1 option in the passing game.
Aug 15 - 9:12 AM

ABC Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes second-rounder Zay Jones could still win No. 2 duties following the signing of Anquan Boldin.

So do we, but the problem for Jones is that the distinction between No. 2 and 3 is no longer that significant. The Bills had a depth chart canyon behind Jones before snagging Boldin. Jones is no longer guaranteed enough targets to make him immediately viable in re-draft leagues.
Aug 7 - 3:17 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia wrote Bills second-round WR Zay Jones is "winning the battle for the second wide receiver spot."

It is not a surprise based on Buffalo's depth chart, but Jones is apparently putting on a show. "It feels like almost on a daily basis now, I’m writing that 'this was Zay Jones' best practice to date,'" Buscaglia wrote, "and then the next day, he raises the bar just a bit more." The reporter added Jones has impressed with his routes and is consistently getting open. In line for a healthy target share even if Sammy Watkins is able to stay healthy, Jones is worth a look in the late rounds.
Aug 3 - 8:28 AM

Bills second-round WR Zay Jones is working both outside and in the slot early in camp.

Jones was primarily a slot receiver in college, but his role expanded his final year at East Carolina. He also possesses the size and athleticism to work on the outside. With injury-prone Sammy Watkins the only person ahead of him on the depth chart, Jones could be in line for a big rookie role.
Jul 31 - 9:10 AM

According to the Bills' official website, second-round WR Zay Jones "looked the part of a top three wideout" in the offseason program.

Per in-house reporter Jake Hamilton, Jones' "air of confidence impressed the coaching staff." Looking like a top-three is great, but the Bills need Jones to be a top-two behind brittle Sammy Watkins. Jones is this year's Sterling Shepard from a projected usage perspective.
Jul 20 - 8:19 PM

Bills second-round WR Zay Jones (knee) returned to full practice at OTAs on Thursday.

Jones sprained his knee early in OTAs, but this quick of a return to full practice suggests the injury was not serious. Unless the Bills add someone like Jeremy Maclin, Jones is in a great spot to return early fantasy value behind injury-prone No. 1 Sammy Watkins (foot).
Jun 8 - 10:43 AM

Bills signed second-round WR Zay Jones.

The Bills traded up to nab Jones with the No. 37 overall pick. Jones broke the FBS single-season (158) and career (399) reception records at ECU before tearing up the Combine, turning in a 94th-percentile performance. Jones should be one of the league's most involved rookie receivers thanks to the Bills' lack of depth behind Sammy Watkins. If Watkins' (foot) misses time during the season, Jones would be in the driver's seat to be the Bills' No. 1 target. He could make an immediate impact in PPR leagues.
May 18 - 3:55 PM

Bills second-round WR Zay Jones is "week-to-week" with a knee sprain.

Jones suffered the injury in Tuesday's OTA practice. If it is indeed a sprain, the injury should not affect Jones' availability for training camp, but it could cost him the rest of the offseason program. With both Jones and Sammy Watkins (foot) sidelined, the Bills are down to Andre Holmes and Corey Brown atop the depth chart, highlighting the importance of the top two receivers staying healthy this season.
May 18 - 11:26 AM

Bills traded up with the Rams to select East Carolina WR Zay Jones with the No. 37 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The Bills surrendered picks No. 44 and 91 in exchange for Nos. 37 and 149 so they could address their crater behind Sammy Watkins. Jones (6’2/201) made 41 starts for the Pirates, setting a school record for career catches (399) and finishing second in ECU history in both receiving yards (4,279) and touchdown grabs (23). Jones broke the FBS single-season receptions record (158) as a senior, dropping just 6-of-164 catchable targets. While Jones lived on bubble screens and quick hitters and averaged only 10.7 yards per catch, he showed elite athleticism with a 94th-percentile SPARQ score and 4.45 speed at the Combine. Albeit not quite as big, Jones profiles similarly to Eagles WR Jordan Matthews as a slot-Z chain mover with more reliable hands.
Apr 28 - 7:37 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2Nathan Peterman
3Joe Webb
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Tolbert
3Joe Banyard
4Taiwan Jones
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Tolbert
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Tolbert
FB1Patrick DiMarco
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Andre Holmes
WR21Zay Jones
2Brandon Tate
3Kaelin Clay
WR31Andre Holmes
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
3Logan Thomas
4Khari Lee
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Dion Dawkins
3Seantrel Henderson
LG1Richie Incognito
C1Eric Wood
2Ryan Groy
RG1John Miller
2Vlad Ducasse
RT1Jordan Mills
2Conor McDermott
K1Stephen Hauschka