Zay Jones

Zay Jones

Wide Receiver #11
Team: Las Vegas Raiders
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 202 lb.
College:East Carolina
Age:25
Born:March 30, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 2 (37)
Draft Team:BUF

Zay Jones: Lack of volume continues

Jones caught two passes on as many targets for 21 yards in the Raiders' Week 17 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Jones collected just 20 receptions for 147 yards on 27 targets in his 10-game stint with the Raiders after a midseason transition from Buffalo, despite logging a bountiful 466 offensive snaps. Without much competition in the room as it stands, Jones will look to secure the No. 3 role at wide receiver behind Tyrell Williams (foot) and Hunter Renfrow again in 2020 with one year remaining on his current contract.

January 6, 2020 7:51 AM EST

Zay Jones: Contained to 14 yards

Jones caught three passes on as many targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Jones logged less than 40 offensive snaps for the first time since Week 10 as the return of fellow receiver Hunter Renfrow (rib) somewhat cut into the former's playing time. Renfrow was exponentially more productive with seven receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Jones was limited to less than 15 receiving yards for the fifth consecutive game.

December 24, 2019 3:52 PM EST

Zay Jones: Musters up five yards

Jones caught one of two targets in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.

Analysis: Hunter Renfrow (ribs) was inactive, but Jones was targeted on just two of Derek Carr's 36 passes. Jones -- a 2017 second-round pick -- has yet to surpass 33 receiving yards in a game or score a touchdown this season. With Renfrow expected back this Sunday against the Chargers, Jones isn't a dependable fantasy option.

December 17, 2019 11:39 AM EST

Zay Jones: Disappoints in Week 14

Jones caught one of three targets for five yards in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Jones once again failed to capitalize on significant playing time with Hunter Renfrow (ribs) still sidelined, and the former didn't even draw the start at the No. 2 receiver spot across from Tyrell Williams as recent practice squad promotion Rico Gafford earned the honor. Jones has not caught more than three passes in a single contest this season, and Renfrow is trending toward a Week 15 return against the Jaguars.

December 10, 2019 10:03 AM EST

Zay Jones: Held to two catches in loss

Jones caught two of three targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Jones saw no more than three targets for the fourth consecutive contest, despite what should have been a pass-happy game flow for the Raiders given they fell behind 21-0 heading into the half. Jones' snap count figures to remain favorable in Week 14 against the Titans with Hunter Renfrow likely still sidelined by a rib injury, but the former hasn't flashed much upside to this point.

December 2, 2019 5:30 PM EST

Zay Jones: Target share may increase

Jones caught two passes on as many targets for five yards in Sunday's 34-3 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Jones has averaged a healthy 45.6 offensive snaps played per game since joining the Raiders, but he's failed to see more than three targets in a single contest. That all could change moving forward, however, as No. 2 receiver Hunter Renfrow is looking at an extended absence after suffering a broken rib and punctured lung during Sunday's blowout loss. While Jones becomes a candidate for increased involvement in the aerial attack, the Raiders have an intriguing matchup against a beatable Chiefs secondary in Week 13.

November 26, 2019 9:31 AM EST

Zay Jones: Tallies three catches in win

Jones caught all three of his targets for 25 yards in in Sunday's 17-10 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Jones' playing time isn't much of a concern with at least 39 offensive snaps logged throughout the Raiders' past three games, but he's failed to eclipse 27 receiving yards in a single contest since joining the silver and black. Expect the offense to lean on rookie running back Josh Jacobs again in Week 12 against the Jets.

November 18, 2019 7:48 PM EST

Zay Jones: Unlikely to start Week 7

Jones is expected to play a depth role against the Packers on Sunday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Tyrell Williams nursing a case of plantar fasciitis, the Raiders are expected to rely on a combination of Trevor Davis, Hunter Renfrow and Keelan Doss as starters at wide receiver. Jones, who was traded to Oakland from the Bills last week, projects to play reserve snaps alongside Marcell Ateman. Of course, if Jones is able to make the most of his limited opportunities against Green Bay, it's conceivable that the 2017 second-round pick could earn a larger offensive role going forward.

October 17, 2019 8:53 AM EST

Zay Jones: Traded across coasts

Jones was traded to the Raiders from the Bills in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick Monday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jones was virtually non-existent in the Bills' game plan Sunday against the Titans, playing just one offensive snap. After he was bypassed by newcomers John Brown and Cole Beasley in the offense in Buffalo, the 2017 second-round pick will get an opportunity elsewhere. With the Raiders on their bye for Week 6, it will give Jones extra time to get acclimated to his new team and playbook ahead of Week 7's game against Green Bay. Tyrell Williams (foot), J.J. Nelson (knee) and Dwayne Harris (ankle) all missed Sunday's game against the Bears in London, so Jones could get an opportunity as early as Week 7.

October 7, 2019 5:42 PM EST

Zay Jones: Missing from offensive game plan

Jones played just one offensive snap during Sunday's win over Tennessee and was not targeted on the play.

Analysis: Jones has been mostly a disappointment since being drafted in the second round in 2017. He looked like he was starting to figure things out at the tail end of last season, then got bypassed by newcomers John Brown and Cole Beasley this past summer. Following a lousy game against the Patriots in Week 4 (two catches for four yards) where he also drew coach Sean McDermott's ire for not hustling on a play, the Bills gave Duke Williams -- promoted from the practice squad just a day earlier -- 78 percent of the offensive snaps and a key role in the Week 5 game plan. Jones should obviously be nowhere near your fantasy lineups.

October 7, 2019 8:14 AM EST

Zay Jones: Ample targets, poor production

Jones caught just two of eight targets for four yards during Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: The four yards is his worst 2019 outing to date, yet his high of 33 yards in Week 3 is nothing to speak of either. Jones remains the third option among wide receivers, and he's well behind John Brown and Cole Beasley in the pecking order. Rookie tight end Dawson Knox seems to be passing Jones as a receiving threat as well. Jones was a second-round pick in 2017, but in his third season it's looking like he may never live up to those high expectations.

September 30, 2019 8:40 AM EST

Zay Jones: Good to go this week

Jones (shoulder) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: After logging limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, Jones practiced fully Friday, gaining clearance to play Sunday in the process. Three games into the season, Jones has hauled in five of his 10 targets for 65 yards, making him a fantasy option only in the deepest of formats, especially while going up against the Patriots' stingy defense in Week 4.

September 27, 2019 12:58 PM EST

Zay Jones: Remains limited at practice

Jones (shoulder) logged another limited practice Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones continued to sport a red (non-contact) jersey at Thursday's practice, but he'll have one more chance to shed that Friday, when the Bills have their final practice in advance of Sunday's game against the Patriots.

September 26, 2019 12:59 PM EST

Zay Jones: Shoulder injury reveal

Jones, who sported a non-contact jersey during Wednesday's practice, was later listed as limited due to a shoulder injury.

Analysis: Usually when guys are at least limited in the first practice of the week, they're able to play in the upcoming game, so we're not too worried about Jones' availability in a huge matchup against the Patriots this Sunday. Jones did have shoulder surgery in January of 2018, though it hasn't been revealed yet if the latest issue involves the same shoulder.

September 25, 2019 12:54 PM EST

Zay Jones: Sports non-contact jersey

Jones is wearing a non-contact jersey in practice Wednesday, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones appears to be dealing with an unknown injury, the severity of which is undisclosed at this time. Across three games Jones has recorded five catches for 65 yards without a touchdown, and he appears to be operating behind fellow wideouts John Brown and Cole Beasley. If the third-year pro is able to shed his injury and suit up Week 4, he'll face a tough divisional matchup against New England.

September 25, 2019 9:44 AM EST

Zay Jones: Targeted thrice

Jones caught two of his three targets for 33 yards during Sunday's 21-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Jones set up the game's first score late in the first quarter with a 23-yard catch-and-run on third down. He had another catch midway through the second quarter and was a nonfactor for the rest of the game. Jones has just five catches through three weeks, tied for third on the team -- but substantially behind the likes of John Brown (18 catches) and Cole Beasley (17 catches). Next up is a tough division showdown against the Patriots.

September 24, 2019 8:26 PM EST

Zay Jones: Taking back seat to newcomers

Jones caught one of three targets for 14 yards during Sunday's win over the Giants.

Analysis: Jones has had empty production for two games now, with a 3-32-0 line for the season. He was also on the field for just 59 percent of the offensive plays Sunday. Jones is the clear third option in the passing game behind newcomers John Brown and Cole Beasley for a team that likes to run the ball, and guys like Robert Foster and Tyler Kroft (once he recovers from a broken foot) could creep into his looks at some point as well. Jones is not worth owning unless injuries strike elsewhere.

September 16, 2019 8:53 AM EST

Zay Jones: Quiet season debut

Jones was targeted five times in Sunday's win over the Jets, but caught just two balls for 18 yards.

Analysis: Worse, Jones -- who was Buffalo's top receiver in 2018 -- saw the field for just 42 percent of the offensive plays while newcomers John Brown and Cole Beasley saw 86 percent and 70 percent of those snaps, respectively. Even Robert Foster was on the field for 22 percent of the offensive action. Jones will have more productive days for sure, but in an offense that would prefer to rely on the run and short passes -- with two or three options clearly ahead of him on the pecking order -- he's likely to be an inconsistent play unless injuries sort the situation differently.

September 9, 2019 9:18 AM EST

Zay Jones: Listed as starter

The Bills are listing three starters on their first unofficial depth chart for the season -- Jones, John Brown and Cole Beasley, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: The team will run three wideouts for much of the campaign, so there's playing time to be had for all three players. However, it'll be interesting to see who gets pulled off the field the most when the Bills run power sets or use multiple tight-end packages. Each wideout offers something unique from the other of his teammates, so it could turn into a situation where each player plays about 70-80 percent of the game but is quasi-capped. If any of the three is going to inch toward 100 percent, it's probably Beasley, given his value in the slot and as a security blanket for Josh Allen. The one takeaway from this summer is that Robert Foster has clearly taken a back seat in the pecking order, when at one point Jones looked to be competing with him for depth chart positioning.

September 3, 2019 8:03 PM EST

Zay Jones: Cleared after injury scare

The Bills have cleared Jones (head) to return to Thursday's preseason game against the Colts.

Analysis: Jones appears to have passed all concussion tests, but it'd be a surprise if the Bills risk another potential hit to the wideout's head in their exhibition opener.

August 8, 2019 5:16 PM EST

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