|ADP:||Round: 8, Pick: 11|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 200 lb.|
|Born:||March 12, 1990|
|Drafted:||2012 / Rd. 5 (166)|
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.
Jones (undisclosed) caught one of his three targets for seven yards in the 24-20 preseason loss to the Bills on Friday.
Analysis: It was a bit surprising to see Jones play in the exhibition contest considering the 29-year-old missed last weekend's preseason loss to the Texans with an undisclosed injury, but that evidently isn't bothering him considering the veteran wideout played every single snap with the first-string offense. After a breakout 2017 campaign, Jones took a step back due to injuries and uneven play. If he plays a full 16 games, it's not unreasonable to project Jones could get near his career high's from two years ago, but based in a run-oriented offense and sharing the spotlight with emerging star Kenny Golladay, it's entirely possible the sixth-year pro simply never fully reaches those marks either.
Jones (undisclosed) was a limited participant Tuesday at practice, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Dealing with an unspecified injury, Jones was held out of Saturday's preseason loss to the Texans before returning to practice Monday. He'll likely be held out of Friday's exhibition against Buffalo, though he hasn't actually been ruled out yet. With Danny Amendola (undisclosed) also banged up, the Lions signed Jordan Lasley on Tuesday to help with wideout depth.
Jones (undisclosed) will return to practice Monday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Per coach Matt Patricia, Jones -- who didn't make the trip to Houston for last week's preseason game -- is slated to work on at least a limited basis Monday, to "see how (he goes) through it." The wideout's status for Friday's preseason game against the Bills has yet to be determined, but Jones' return to practice puts him on track to be good to go and in the Lions' starting lineup come Week 1.
Jones is dealing with an undisclosed injury, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Jones isn't traveling with the team for Saturday's preseason game in Houston. He also was held out of the exhibition opener, along with Matthew Stafford, Kenny Golladay, Kerryon Johnson and a bunch of defensive starters.
Jones (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The same goes for Kenny Golladay (chest), who also was held out of practice throughout the offseason program. Jones and Golladay are locked in as the starting outside receivers, with Danny Amendola set to man the slot in three-wide formations.
Jones (knee) did not practice in summer OTAs, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Jones spent the majority of his time working to rehab from a knee injury that put the 29-year-old wideout on injured reserve in late November. The Lions brought in two veteran receivers, Danny Amendola and Jermaine Kearse, in the offseason, but neither should threaten Jones' status as the No. 2 option behind Kenny Golladay (chest) should he return to full health.
Jones (knee) is working with the rehab group Wednesday during mandatory minicamp, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Jones hasn't done much in individual or team drills this spring and the 29-year-old seems likely to be held under wraps until training camp starts up. With Kenny Golladay (chest) also working his way back from an injury, the Lions' first-team receiving corps has mostly consisted of Danny Amendola, Chris Lacy and Andy Jones this week.
Jones (knee) is not participating in individual or team drills during the opening of OTAs, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Jones stated in March that he expected to be ready for the offseason program, but it's now clear Detroit has other plans for its 28-year-old receiver. With two more weeks of OTAs plus June's mandatory minicamp to go, there's plenty of time for Jones to work his way back into action before training camp kicks off in July. There's also little incentive for Jones to put himself out there any sooner than necessary since the Lions did practically nothing to provide him with competition for the No. 2 receiver job behind Kenny Golladay (chest).
Jones (knee) is expected to be a full participant in the Lions' offseason program, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Jones' 2018 season came to a premature close after he suffered what was initially classified as a right knee bruise during Detroit's Week 10 loss to Chicago. Since there haven't been any reports the setback required surgery, it's not a huge surprise he could be running around again in time for OTAs this spring. Jones is entering the fourth year of the five-year contract he signed with the Lions in 2016.
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