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T.J. Jones | Wide Receiver | #13

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/19/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 190
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 6 (189) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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T.J. Jones caught all three of his targets for 63 yards in the Lions' Week 3 loss to the Falcons.
Jones played just a handful of snaps last week but was back involved in this one, splitting No. 3 duties with rookie Kenny Golladay, who out-targeted Jones 5-3. Jones' 63 yards led the team on Sunday and he did so by taking a thunderous hit from Ricardo Allen on a 29-yard pickup. Jones and Golladay are canceling each other out. Jones isn't worth owning in 12-team leagues. Sep 24 - 6:08 PM

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T.J. Jones hauled in 2-of-4 targets for 32 yards in the Lions' Week 1 win over the Cardinals.

Jones biggest play was a nice grab on a ball thrown slightly behind him to pick up a third down. Unfortunately for Jones, Kenny Golladay exploded for two touchdowns on Sunday, likely putting him well ahead in the No. 3 receiver battle. Jones is not a fantasy factor.
Sep 10 - 5:06 PM

Lions WR T.J. Jones left Saturday's second preseason game with a hamstring injury.

He was ruled out for the game. Jones isn't a fantasy factor in and of himself, but he has been running as the Lions' first-team slot receiver. If Jones misses any time, Golden Tate would move into the slot with rookie Kenny Golladay playing outside as a starter in Detroit's three-receiver sets.
Aug 19 - 9:13 PM

Lions fourth-year WR T.J. Jones worked with the first-team offense in the spring.

Re-signed to a one-year deal in April, Jones has yet to make an NFL impact after being a sixth-rounder out of Notre Dame. He has just 15 career catches for 225 yards and one score. Jones appears to have the early edge for No. 4 receiver duties heading into camp, but Jace Billingsley and Jared Abbrederis are in the mix.
Jul 12 - 9:57 AM

Lions signed WR T.J. Jones to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

Jones was an exclusive rights free agent. DE Kerry Hyder and LB Brandon Copeland also signed their ERFA tenders on Monday. A sixth-round pick in 2014, Jones missed all of his rookie year with nerve damage from a shoulder injury and was waived at final cuts last season before finding his way back to the roster in December. He will fight for one of the final spots on the roster in camp.
Apr 18 - 9:26 AM

Lions promoted WR T.J. Jones from their practice squad.

Lions beat writers expressed concern about Marvin Jones' health all week, and the activation of T.J. suggests the Lions also have concerns about Marvin's availability against the Saints. This will be a situation to monitor into Sunday morning. Per the Detroit Free Press, Marvin "moved cautiously while taking sporadic reps" in the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media. Marvin is listed as questionable with a thigh injury.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 05:33:00 PM

Lions signed WR T.J. Jones to their practice squad.

A surprise cut in Detroit, most of the Lions' beat writers believed Jones would enter the season as the No. 4 receiver after practicing there throughout August. Instead, Jones lost out to Andre Roberts for a roster spot.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 03:49:00 PM

Lions waived WR T.J. Jones.

It never happened for Jones, a 2014 sixth-rounder out of Notre Dame. He drew a ton of hype this summer, being called "one of the obvious stars" of OTAs with another beat writer believing he could be in for a breakout year. Jones could never stay off the trainer's table, though, and the Lions opted for veteran backup receivers in Anquan Boldin and Andre Roberts over Jones.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 11:30:00 AM’s Tim Twentyman said to "watch out" for WR T.J. Jones this season.

Twentyman reports Matthew Stafford singled out Jones as a breakout candidate this spring. Jones has earned rave reviews all offseason and was even called the "obvious star" of OTAs. The Lions are set at the top of the depth chart with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, but the No. 3 role is up for grabs. Jones appears to have a good shot to win the job.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 11:53:00 AM

Lions WR T.J. Jones thinks he has "made a lot of progression."

Jones has been a puff piece all-star so far this offseason, but it might end up being somewhat justified. There is a huge opportunity behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones in Detroit, and he only needs to beat out Jeremy Kerley, Andre Caldwell, and a host of other mediocre receivers for the No. 3 role. After two lost seasons, the 2014 sixth-rounder could finally be in for a substantial role.
Sat, Jul 2, 2016 08:18:00 AM

Matthew Stafford believes WR T.J. Jones could be in for a breakout season.

After playing limited snaps as a rookie, Jones should play a much bigger role in year two as the Lions look to replace top wideout Calvin Johnson. Jones came on strong late last season, logging eight targets against the Rams in Week 14 and later scoring his first touchdown against the 49ers in Week 16. Head coach Jim Caldwell praised Jones for his versatility. "He can catch screens for you. He can take off and go when he gets a seam," said Caldwell. "We really expect him to come forward and be a little bit more of a prominent threat." Jones isn't on the fantasy radar yet but he's trending in the right direction.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 01:48:00 PM

MLive's Kyle Meinke said Lions WR T.J. Jones was "one of the obvious stars" of Thursday's OTA practice.

With Golden Tate sidelined, Jones "made several terrific catches" while working with the first-team offense. Jones is competing with free-agent signee Jeremy Kerley for the No. 3 receiver job. With Kerley relegated to slot duties, a position normally occupied by Tate in three-wide looks, Jones could have the upper hand.
Sat, May 28, 2016 09:53:00 AM

Matthew Stafford mentioned third-year WR T.J. Jones as a potential breakout candidate.

After losing Calvin Johnson to retirement and then signing Marvin Jones, the Lions stood pat at receiver in this past week's draft. Jones is currently slotted in as the Lions' No. 3/4 receiver in competition with Jeremy Kerley. At 6'/190, Jones probably has a leg up on Kerley in three-wide sets since Kerley profiles as more of a slot receiver, and that's where Golden Tate lines up in three-wide. Jones posted a 9-121-1 line over the final five weeks last season.
Wed, May 4, 2016 11:12:00 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said the team is expecting more from third-year WR T.J. Jones this season.

"We really expect him to come forward and be a little bit more of a prominent threat," Caldwell said. "TJ really has got to take another step forward." A sixth-round pick in 2014, Jones missed all of his rookie year with nerve damage in his shoulder and did not become a prominent piece of the offense until late last season. With little behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate on the depth chart, he has a great opportunity to establish himself as the No. 3 receiver.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 09:27:00 AM

Lions WR T.J. Jones said he is as "normal" as possible after missing 2014 with nerve damage.

Complications from a shoulder injury caused nerve damage which limited the feeling in Jones' hands. The issue cost Jones his entire rookie season and limited him early last season, but he started to feel more normal as the year progressed. With Calvin Johnson looking likely to retire, the 2014 sixth-rounder has a shot to earn a bigger role next season.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Feb 11, 2016 11:06:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Dwayne Washington
5Tion Green
GLB1Ameer Abdullah
2Zach Zenner
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
WR11Golden Tate
2T.J. Jones
3Jared Abbrederis
WR21Marvin Jones
2Kenny Golladay
WR31T.J. Jones
TE1Eric Ebron
2Darren Fells
3Michael Roberts
LT1Greg Robinson
2Brian Mihalik
LG1Graham Glasgow
2Tim Lelito
C1Travis Swanson
RG1T.J. Lang
2Joe Dahl
RT1Rick Wagner
2Emmett Cleary
3Bryce Harris
K1Matt Prater