|ADP:||Round: 8, Pick: 2|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 200 lb.|
|Born:||March 12, 1990|
|Drafted:||2012 / Rd. 5 (166)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jones (undisclosed) wasn't present at practice Wednesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: The Lions receiving corps is banged up at the moment, with Kenny Golladay (hip) returning to practice Wednesday and Danny Amendola taking a seat after injuring his hip this past Sunday against Washington. As a result, coach Matt Patricia may just be holding out his other veteran wide receiver, the 30-year-old Jones. Wednesday's injury report will reveal the reason for Jones' absence.
Jones caught eight of 10 targets for 96 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 30-27 victory over Washington.
Analysis: Jones really hadn't taken advantage of any of Kenny Golladay's (hip) previous three absences this season, but he came through against a Washington defense that previously allowed the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers in 2020. With Golladay yet to return to practice and Danny Amendola (hip) possibly on the shelf as well, it seems like Jones could continue to serve as the clear No. 1 option in the passing game in the short term. Next up is a Week 11 matchup against a floundering Panthers defense that bled 551 total yards and five total touchdowns to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Jones caught three of four targets for 43 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: Again serving as the de facto No. 1 receiver in the absence of Kenny Golladay (hip), Jones somehow saw the third-lowest target total of the season. His stat line certainly wasn't helped by Matthew Stafford's (concussion) departure for the lockerroom, but Jones' light workload is still surprising given how the Vikings' already-weak secondary was also dealing with numerous injuries to cornerbacks. While it's not clear if Golladay has a chance to return in Week 10, Jones seems like a risky choice in Week 10 against Washington, though one with some decent upside given Jones' red-zone prowess.
Jones caught three of seven passes for 39 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 41-21 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Jones scored on a 25-yard crossing route on the opening drive and he scored again after Kenny Golladay (hip) left the game. While the veteran was otherwise held in check by a tough Colts defense, Jones could see an increased workload in the near future if Golladay misses time. Next up is a Week 9 matchup against a Vikings defense that has allowed the third-most yards per pass attempt (8.5) with 17 passing touchdowns through seven games in 2020.
Jones corralled five of his six targets for 80 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-22 win against the Falcons.
Analysis: Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said this week that he needed to find "creative ways" to get Jones more involved in the game plan, and during Week 7 that effort was visible. Jones finished one notch behind Kenny Golladay for the team lead in targets, while his 80 receiving yards marked a season high. The 30-year-old totaled just 17 yards over Detroit's preceding two games combined entering Sunday, but evidently, there does exist a reality in which Jones and Kenny Golladay can cohabitate as viable fantasy football assets this season. The Lions will next face a Colts defense that ranks behind only Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh in DVOA, but that has already surrendered six TDs to opposing WRs on the year.
Jones (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Jones started the week as a non-participant before upgrading to limited participation Thursday and a full session Friday. He's played more than 80 percent of offensive snaps each game this season, but he's averaging only 2.8 catches for 29.2 yards, and he's seen just 10 targets in the three games Kenny Golladay has played. A matchup with the feeble Atlanta defense could help, though Jones was shut down by a similarly vulnerable Jacksonville unit last week.
Jones (knee) took part in Thursday's practice in a limited fashion.
Analysis: The activity level marks a step forward for Jones, who didn't take any reps during Wednesday's session. Assuming Jones can repeat his limited participation Friday or upgrade to full work, he should be in good shape to play this weekend in Atlanta. Through five games, Jones has been a disappointment for fantasy managers with only 14 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown across his 24 targets.
Jones (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Wednesday's missed session marks Jones' first appearance on the injury report during the regular season. The veteran wideout will have two more chances to increase his level of activity ahead of Sunday's game in Atlanta, so there's seemingly not yet reason for serious concern about his availability. Jones has been held below 10 receiving yards in back-to-back games, but if healthy he'll have a picturesque opportunity to get right against the Falcons' exploitable secondary.
Jones caught two of five targets for eight yards during Sunday's 34-16 victory over Jacksonville.
Analysis: Although Jones' biggest catch of the day was wiped out by a questionable offensive penalty, he has officially gone back-to-back games with single-digit receiving yardage despite a pair of inviting matchups against the Saints and Jaguars. Meanwhile, the Lions appeared to make a concerted effort out of their Week 5 bye to give D'Andre Swift more touches. If that notion becomes a legitimate trend in the coming weeks, the 30-year-old Jones might have even more trouble carving out regular touches on a weekly basis. Thankfully, Jones will at least get a mouth-watering matchup in Week 7 against a Falcons defense that appears significantly more vulnerable through the air (8.6 yards allowed per passing attempt, 32nd) than on the ground (4.1 yards allowed per rushing attempt, ninth) thus far into the 2020 campaign.
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