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Jones secured five of nine targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 37-21 loss to the Texans on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran wideout got his Jaguars career off to a good start, bringing in a four-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Lawrence with five seconds remaining in the contest. While the score was meaningless in the context of the game result, it capped a positive day for Jones, who finished second in receiving yardage and was a co-runner-up in targets on the afternoon as well. Game script did force Trevor Lawrence to attempt 51 passes, however, so it remains to be seen how Jones will measure up to fellow wideouts DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault in looks in coming weeks.
Sep 12, 2021 3:39 PM EST
Jones (shoulder) isn't listed on the injury report for Sunday's game in Houston, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With Jones and DJ Chark (finger) both avoiding the injury report, rookie QB Trevor Lawrence will have his full complement of pass catchers -- minus RB Travis Etienne (foot) -- available for the season opener. Jones, Chark and Laviska Shenault all are realistic candidates to lead the team in targets, and it's possible there's enough volume to keep all three fantasy-viable if the Jags end up chucking the ball around but don't find a major receiving threat at RB or TE. In any case, Jones starts his Jacksonville tenure with a favorable matchup, facing a rebuilding Houston team that just traded former starting cornerback Bradley Roby to the Saints.
Sep 8, 2021 3:01 PM EST
Coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that Jones (shoulder) is expected to be healthy for the Sept. 12 season opener at Houston, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The 31-year-old has been dealing with an AC joint sprain in his shoulder over the past week, but there's never been much doubt about his availability for Week 1. DJ Chark (finger) and Tavon Austin (quadriceps) are also expected to be good to go against the Texans. Jones, Chark and Laviska Shenault are poised to operate as Jacksonville's top three pass catchers with rookie Trevor Lawrence helming the offense.
Aug 31, 2021 2:08 PM EST
Jones (shoulder) wasn't spotted at practice Friday, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Jones is dealing with an AC joint sprain in his shoulder, but the injury isn't expected to prevent him from being ready for Week 1 action. That said, it seems safe to assume that the wideout won't play in Sunday's preseason finale against the Cowboys. When available, Jones will combine with DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault to head the Jaguars' wide receiver corps this coming season, with the trio slated to catch passes from No. 1 overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, who was recently confirmed as the team's starting quarterback.
Aug 27, 2021 9:08 AM EST
Coach Urban Meyer indicated that Jones (shoulder) should be ready for Week 1 against the Texans, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
Analysis: Jones has avoided a worst-case scenario with the AC joint sprain and looks to still be on track for the opener at this point. It will still be worth monitoring his progression leading up to the opener as Jones prepares to embark on his first season in Jacksonville with rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence at the helm. Jones joins a Jacksonville wideout group that features a pair of talented young wideouts in DJ Chark (finger) and Laviska Shenault.
Aug 26, 2021 2:44 PM EST
Jones (shoulder) is dealing with an AC sprain, according to John Reid of The Florida Times-Union.
Analysis: We'll look for added details on Jones' injury issue, but the wideout's status will now need to be monitored as Week 1 approaches. Either way, once Jones takes the field in the regular season, he'll be catching passes from No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, who's was confirmed as the Jaguars' starting Week 1 QB on Wednesday.
Aug 25, 2021 9:11 AM EST
Jones caught four of five targets for 41 yards in Monday night's 23-21 preseason loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Jones hauled in a couple of passes for first downs from quarterback Trevor Lawrence on Jacksonville's lone scoring drive of the first half. The veteran figures to be a reliable outlet for Lawrence should he be named the Jags' starter as expected, and Monday's performance helped that notion. With top wideout DJ Chark (finger) likely missing the whole preseason, Jones' rapport with Lawrence could be useful early in the upcoming campaign.
Aug 23, 2021 8:52 PM EST
Coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday he "can't overemphasize" the positive effect Jones has had on Jacksonville's wide receivers and the team as a whole, Eugene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union reports.
Analysis: The 31-year-old joined Jacksonville on a two-year, $14.5 million deal early in the offseason after spending the past five seasons in Detroit, and he's poised to work as his new team's No. 2 wide receiver. Jones brings a veteran presence to a young offense that will be led by rookie signal-caller Trevor Lawrence. Fourth-year wideout DJ Chark sits atop the depth chart, while Laviska Shenault and Collin Johnson are in their second years and in prime position to be mentored. Jones had a strong showing for the Lions in 2020, catching 76 of 115 targets for 978 yards and nine touchdowns, and he's poised to have a major impact for the Jaguars, both on and off the field.
Aug 4, 2021 7:57 PM EST
The Jaguars and Jones have agreed to a two-year, $14.5 million deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Jones' deal with Jacksonville reportedly includes $9.2 million fully guaranteed. At first glance, this looks like a pretty solid value for the team, with the 31-year-old having logged a 76/978/9 stat line for the Lions in 2020. Jones joins a wideout corps that also includes DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault and an Jaguars offense that's soon expected to include next month's projected No. 1 overall draft pick, QB Trevor Lawrence.
Mar 16, 2021 2:27 PM EST
Jones is expected to be interested in signing with the Rams, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Analysis: An impending free agent, Jones was born in southern California and the 30-year-old would presumably prefer to sign with a contender this offseason. While this report is nothing but speculation, the Rams do seem like an especially logical destination for Jones after the organization traded for quarterback Matthew Stafford, who played with Jones for the past five seasons in Detroit and connected with him for at least nine touchdowns in three of the past four seasons.
Feb 17, 2021 12:23 PM EST
Jones caught eight of 11 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: Finishing out the year as the alpha receiver in the absence of Kenny Golladay (hip), Jones' big day could have been huge had a third touchdown not been overturned by replay. The Vikings' young corners simply had no answer for the strong rapport between Jones and quarterback Matthew Stafford. While missing out on that third touchdown (from 30 yards out) was extra disappointing since it would have gotten Jones to 1,000 receiving yards and double-digit touchdowns on the year, there's at least no doubt that Jones is still near the top of his game despite approaching his 31st birthday in March. Now entering the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, it's possible we could see the veteran change teams this offseason, especially with Detroit - in the market for a new GM and head coach - possibly on the verge of a full-on rebuilding period.
Jan 3, 2021 3:43 PM EST
Jones caught all three of his targets for 19 yards in Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Neither Chase Daniel nor David Blough showed any ability to push the ball downfield to Jones after Matthew Stafford (ankle) exited at the end of Detroit's first possession. With the offensive line struggling to protect and Stafford possibly sitting out the season finale against the Vikings, Jones will be fighting an uphill battle as he tries to close out his season on a high note next week.
Dec 26, 2020 1:26 PM EST
Jones corralled 10 of 12 targets for 112 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 46-25 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Jones has proven himself as a high-floor fantasy asset with Kenny Golladay (hip) sidelined, but during Week 15, the 30-year-old established his second-highest receiving output of the 2020 campaign. An opening-drive TD catch gave Jones his seventh of the season, pulling him to within three of a career high heading into a Week 16 home game against the Buccaneers. Atlanta's top receiver, Calvin Ridley, exploded for 10 catches, 163 yards and a score against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Dec 20, 2020 2:29 PM EST
Jones caught four of eight targets for 48 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: Yet again the alpha receiver with Kenny Golladay (hip) shelved, Jones was held in check by a respectable Green Bay secondary, and no Detroit receiver topped 66 yards despite constantly playing from behind. As Golladay didn't practice in any capacity last Friday, it seems there's a good chance that Jones will continue to operate as the No. 1 wideout in Week 15, but his upside will be severely capped if Matthew Stafford (ribs) is forced to miss time.
Dec 14, 2020 7:25 AM EST
Jones reeled in eight of 12 targets for 116 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 34-30 win against the Bears.
Analysis: With Kenny Golladay (hip) unavailable for a fifth consecutive contest, Jones cruised past his previous season high in receiving (96) while simultaneously notching his sixth score of 2020. He's averaged 5.8 receptions and 70.8 yards per contest over his past five appearances sans Golladay. With the reigning Pro-Bowl receiver active Weeks 4 through 8, Jones recorded 2.8 catches per game while enduring two separate outings of less than 10 receiving yards.
Dec 6, 2020 3:54 PM EST
Jones caught six of 12 targets for 48 yards in Thursday's 41-25 loss to the Texans.
Analysis: Despite leading Detroit in catches and targets, Jones finished third on the team in receiving yards as he wasn't able to turn his volume into any splash plays. The veteran wideout has piled up 28 targets over the last three games, but his role could shrink in Week 13 if Kenny Golladay (hip) is able to return for a road clash with the stingy Bears defense.
Nov 26, 2020 2:11 PM EST
Jones caught four of six targets for 51 yards during Sunday's 20-0 loss to Carolina.
Analysis: Again serving as the clear No. 1 wideout in the absence of both Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip), Jones was close to having a big day had a 51-yard touchdown not been called back due to an illegal offensive formation penalty. Without a long-range score, Jones had a hard time finding the painted area, as Matthew Stafford's thumb injury played a role in Detroit never reaching the red zone, which is where Jones caught three of his four touchdowns over the previous three games. Jones will at least have a solid chance to rebound in Week 12 against a Texans defense allowing the sixth-most yards per pass attempt (7.8) in 2020.
Nov 22, 2020 1:57 PM EST
Jones (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Carolina, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Jones started the week as a non-participant, before upgrading to a limited practice Thursday and a full session Friday. He had his best game of the season last week against Washington, and he should be busy again with fellow wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola both ruled out due to hip injuries. Meanwhile, QB Matthew Stafford (thumb) is expected to play, though he's officially listed as questionable on the final injury report.
Nov 20, 2020 1:09 PM EST
Jones (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Though Jones was listed as a non-participant Wednesday in the Lions' first practice of the week, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com suggests the wideout's absence was likely rest-related. Jones' return to work a day later supports that notion, and if he can upgrade to full activity Friday, he'll likely avoid taking an injury designation into Sunday's game in Carolina. With the likes of D'Andre Swift (concussion), Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) all going down as a non-participants in Thursday's practice, Jones could be looking at a high-volume role in the passing game if at least two of those banged-up pass catchers aren't available.
Nov 19, 2020 1:20 PM EST
Jones (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Jones and fellow starting wideout Danny Amendola (hip) both missed Wednesday's practice, while Kenny Golladay (hip) and T.J. Hockenson (toe) were each limited. To make matters worse for Detroit's receiving corps, Matthew Stafford sat out practice and could be in danger of missing time due to a ligament tear in his thumb. As such, the Lions could scarce afford for Jones to miss Sunday's upcoming matchup in Carolina due to injury.
Nov 18, 2020 2:06 PM EST
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