|ADP:||Round: 8, Pick: 9|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 200 lb.|
|Born:||March 12, 1990|
|Drafted:||2012 / Rd. 5 (166)|
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.
Jones caught one of his two targets for nine receiving yards during Sunday's 35-29 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: In a matchup against a Saints secondary that was without Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) and Janoris Jenkins (shoulder) for Week 4, Jones was contained to his lowest receiving output since Oct. 7, 2018. With Kenny Golladay back in the lineup the past two weeks, Jones has been held to four total catches (on five targets) for 60 yards. While Golladay nursed a hamstring injury Weeks 1 and 2, Jones attracted 14 combined targets, accumulating eight catches, 78 yards and a touchdown. An upcoming showdown with the Jaguars presents an opportunity for Jones to get back on track, as Jacksonville just surrendered 300 passing yards to Cincinnati on Sunday.
Jones caught all three of his targets for 51 yards during Sunday's 26-23 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Jones finished fifth on the team in targets while ranking third in both receptions and receiving yards. He made the most of the looks he received, but his reduced role is a direct result of teammate Kenny Golladay making his season debut. Jones still has the ability to break off big plays when given the chance, but his boom-or-bust profile could result in plenty of down weeks as well. With Golladay drawing attention from the Saints defense next Sunday, perhaps Jones will find himself called into action a bit more frequently.
Jones caught four of six targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-21 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Jones' four-yard touchdown late in the first quarter gave Detroit a 14-3 lead, but it was all Packers from there. He's off to a pedestrian start, with eight catches for 78 yards and a touchdown through two games. Jones will hope to pick up the pace against the Cardinals in Week 3.
Jones caught four of eight targets for 55 yards during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago.
Analysis: Jones had one of the highlights of the game when he ran over Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson in the open field. While fantasy owners were probably hoping for more on a statistical level given the absence of Kenny Golladay (hamstring), it's possible Jones has a better chance of being productive when there is someone like Golladay available to take defensive attention away. It's not clear if Golladay could return for Week 2 against Green Bay.
Jones (ankle) acknowledged on Twitter that he recently hosted Lions rookie Quintez Cephus and free-agent signing Victor Bolden for workouts at his residence.
Analysis: Jones spent the final three games of last season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. Considering he was seen planting and cutting on both of his ankles in the video he posted, it seems the 30-year-old is getting back to full health. Jones, in a contract year -- along with Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola -- is also giving the Detroit front office plenty of reason to keep him around given his displays of leadership in spite of his age and contract status.
The Lions placed Jones (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Matt Patricia told Rothstein that Jones injured his ankle on the final possession of the Lions' Week 14 loss at Minnesota. Apparently, the issue is severe enough to keep Jones sidelined for the remainder of the season, which is fate that befalls him for the second straight year. Overall, he hauled in 62 of 91 passes for 779 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games in 2019. In Jones' absence, Kenny Golladay figures to be even more heavily involved in the passing attack, while Danny Amendola and (to a lesser extent) Chris Lacy experience elevated roles.
Jones hauled in three of seven targets for 38 yards in the team's Week 14 loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: Jones racked up seven targets but managed to convert fewer than half into receptions. His longest gain of the day came midway through the first quarter, when he hauled in an 18-yard reception down the right sideline. Positively, Jones has shown some rapport with third-string quarterback David Blough, racking up 13 targets in two games with Blough under center. Jones will draw an exploitable matchup in Week 15 as the Lions take on the Buccaneers.
Jones caught three of six targets for 40 yards and one touchdown during Thursday's 24-20 loss to the Bears.
Analysis: News that Detroit would be turning to its third-string quarterback understandably made it hard to trust Jones against a tough Chicago team, but the veteran wideout put up a respectable fantasy total nonetheless thanks to his outstanding red-zone prowess. In fact, Thursday's touchdown marked Jones ninth score in 12 games this season and he only needs one more to match his career high of 10 touchdowns from Jones' 2013 campaign with Cincinnati. Combined with his upside to rack up triple-digit receiving yards like he did in Week 3 and Week 9, Jones has been one of the most underrated fantasy assets in 2019 and up next is a Vikings team that Jones obliterated for 10 catches, 93 yards and four touchdowns back in Week 7.
Jones caught five of 11 targets for 46 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Washington.
Analysis: Jones, like the Lions' offense has a whole, has missed Matthew Stafford (back) but the veteran wide receiver has made the most of playing with backup Jeff Driskel, enjoying a team-high 21 targets in Driskel's three starts. Driskel showed Sunday that he's willing to force the ball to Jones, sometimes to the Lions' advantage -- such as a 14-yard sideline throw to set up a field goal just before halftime -- and sometimes to the team's detriment, such as on an ill-timed interception in the closing moments of the game that sparked Washington's win. Though Stafford has voiced a hope to play again this season, Jones will still be working with Driskel Thursday against a Bears defense that surrendered 77 yards on five catches to Jones in Week 9.
Jones caught four of five targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Jones tied for the team lead in targets, but he finished averaging an atypical 10.8 yards per catch. He ruggedly found his way into the end zone from 11 yards out in the third quarter and added a 25-yard score in the fourth. Jones has seven touchdowns in his last five games and seems able to produce even with Jeff Driskel under center. He could have room to flourish next Sunday against the Redskins and will possess even greater upside of Matthew Stafford (back) is cleared to return to the lineup.
Jones caught two of five targets for 17 yards during Monday's 23-22 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Jones interestingly saw a lot of attention from stud cornerback Jaire Alexander in this one, presumably because the Packers wanted to match up the larger of their starting cornerbacks, Kevin King, on Detroit's 6-foot-4 Kenny Golladay. This translated into a tough outing for Jones and it didn't help that he seemingly was the victim of an uncalled pass interference penalty on a deep pass down the left sideline. Not only that, but there seemed to be other times when he got open only for Matthew Stafford to force a pass in to Golladay. Clearly nothing more than the second fiddle among Lions receivers, Jones isn't a safe bet for a rebound performance in Week 7 against a Vikings defense allowing the sixth-fewest yards per pass attempt (6.4) in 2019.
Jones caught three of five passes for 77 yards during Sunday's 34-30 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: Jones got involved early, cutting up the middle of the defense for a 33-yard gain midway through the first quarter. Jones started the season off somewhat quiet, but has 178 yards and a touchdown over his past two games. He and Kenny Golladay are fairly even in usage through the first quarter of the season, though Jones fans would surely like a more even split in touchdowns, currently four to one in favor of Golladay.
Jones hauled in six of nine targets for 101 yards in the Lions' 27-24 win over the Eagles on Sunday.
Analysis: Jones took on the mantle of lead receiver from Kenny Golladay in the impressive road victory, and he brought in Matthew Stafford's only passing score of the day on a beautiful 12-yard catch with 14:53 left in the contest. Jones hadn't eclipsed 56 receiving yards or scored a receiving touchdown during his first two games, so this was officially his 2019 breakout performance. He'll look to make it back-to-back fruitful efforts versus the Chiefs in Week 4.
Jones caught five of six targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 13-10 victory over the Chargers.
Analysis: The deep threat was mostly targeted in the intermediate parts of the field, but Matthew Stafford did try forcing a bomb to Jones in double coverage only for the pass to be intercepted. Clearly the No. 2 option behind Kenny Golladay, Jones' production might continue to be dependent on the few big-play opportunities he sees per game, and it's likely he won't be of much utility on days like Sunday when he isn't able to find the end zone. Next up is a beatable Eagles secondary on the road in Week 3.
Jones caught all four of his targets for 56 yards during Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Cardinals.
Analysis: Jones didn't get many chances to shine Sunday, getting at least twice as few targets as each of Danny Amendola (13), Kenny Golladay (9) and T.J. Hockenson (9). However, the 29-year-old at least made the most of his opportunities, once making a solid catch to move the chains on third down and also tracking down a ball for a 23-yard gain to bring the Lions within field-goal range in overtime. It wouldn't surprise anyone if this sort of workload distribution becomes a trend as the rest of the year unfolds, but there could be a tradeoff in terms of heightened efficiency, as we saw Sunday.
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