|Team:||Las Vegas Raiders|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 202 lb.|
|Born:||March 30, 1995|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 2 (37)|
The Raiders re-signed Jones on Thursday, Myles Simmons of NBC Pro Football Talk reports.
Analysis: Jones appeared to be on the verge of a potential breakout season after compiling 56 receptions for 652 yards and seven touchdowns for the Bills in 2018. The past two seasons have been underwhelming, however. In a combined 31 games for the Bills (five) and Raiders (26) since the start of 2019, the former East Carolina standout has yielded only 41 catches for 270 yards and one TD. Jones slots in as a depth option within the receiving corps, as Henry Ruggs (concussion), John Brown and Hunter Renfrow appear to be the clear No. 1, 2 and 3 wideouts.
Jones caught one of two targets for 37 yards during the Raiders' Week 17 finale, finishing up his 2020 campaign with 14 catches (on 19 targets) for 154 yards and one touchdown in 16 games.
Analysis: Jones never got too involved in the Raiders' aerial attack during his second season with the team, despite fellow receiver Tyrell Williams (shoulder) spending the year on injured reserve while rookie Henry Ruggs (concussion) also missed multiple contests. Jones is now slated to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021, though the Raiders will be more focused on re-signing Nelson Agholor.
Jones was not targeted in Saturday's 26-25 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Jones saw his involvement in the Raiders' offense evaporate with fellow receiver Henry Ruggs returning from his one-week absence on the reserve/COVID list. Jones finished the contest with a single-digit snap count and his irrelevance in most fantasy formats should continue Week 17 against the Broncos.
Jones caught one of two targets for nine yards in Thursday's 30-27 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: Jones' nine-yard reception came in overtime as the Raiders eventually ended their 6:42 drive with a 23-yard field goal. Despite logging 53 offensive snaps with fellow receiver Henry Ruggs sidelined on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Jones' minuscule target share continued as the Raiders also rushed 41 times. Hunter Renfrow has entered the league's concussion protocol, however, so Jones could be in line for more work again in Week 16 against the Dolphins.
Jones failed to catch his lone target during Sunday's 31-28 win over the Jets.
Analysis: The 25-year-old's only target came during the third quarter as he played seven offensive snaps. Nelson Agholor, Henry Ruggs and Hunter Renfrow are clearly established as the Raiders' three top wideouts, and Bryan Edwards is also ahead of Jones on the depth chart.
Jones caught his only target for three yards in Sunday's 43-6 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Jones has been dealt one target in three consecutive games, but even a blowout defeat failed to boost his involvement in the Raiders' offense. A road matchup against the winless Jets awaits, but Jones' competition for playing time remains healthy.
Jones caught his only target for 18 yards in Sunday's 35-31 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Jones remains at the bottom of the pecking order at wide receiver for the Raiders as he matched his season low of five offensive snaps on Sunday Night Football. If he's able to earn more playing time in Week 12, a favorable matchup against the Falcons awaits.
Jones caught his lone target for six yards in Sunday's 37-12 win over the Broncos.
Analysis: Jones has now logged 10 or less offensive snaps in four consecutive games since the Raiders' Week 6 bye. Fellow receiver Bryan Edwards' recent return from injury doesn't help Jones' case for playing time moving forward, while starters Nelson Agholor, Henry Ruggs and Hunter Renfrow remain at full strength as well.
Jones wasn't targeted in Sunday's 16-6 win over the Browns.
Analysis: On a windy day in Cleveland, Derek Carr attempted just 24 passes, his first game this season with fewer than 40 passing attempts. He still managed to disperse the ball to nine different players, but Jones was left out of the mix and played just 10 offensive snaps. Jones is clearly just a depth wideout at this point, and his role could diminish further once rookie third-rounder Bryan Edwards (ankle) is back in the fold.
Jones played 10 offensive snaps but was not targeted in Sunday's 45-20 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Jones was relatively uninvolved despite fellow receiver Bryan Edwards' (ankle/foot) continued absence, while Nelson Agholor broke out for 107 yards and a touchdown on five catches across from Henry Ruggs. Hunter Renfrow also saw six targets as Jones' role figures to remain limited Week 8 at Cleveland.
Jones caught his only target for two yards in Sunday's 40-32 win over the Chiefs.
Analysis: Jones, who logged a season-high 66 offensive snaps Week 4 against the Bills, saw his role severely reduced Sunday due to Henry Ruggs' (knee) return from a two-game absence. The upcoming bye week lends additional opportunity for receiver Bryan Edwards (ankle/foot) to get healthy as well, which would further downgrade Jones' outlook for a Week 7 tilt against the Buccaneers.
Jones caught four of six targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Jones averaged a mundane 5.3 yards per target, but he earned the start at wide receiver on the outside across from Nelson Agholor after rookies Henry Ruggs (knee/hamstring) and Bryan Edwards (ankle) were ruled out. Tight end Darren Waller and slot man Hunter Renfrow were the only Raiders to earn more targets than Jones on Sunday, and the latter could be on tap for additional work in Week 5 against the Chiefs if Ruggs and Edwards remain sidelined.
Jones appears to be in line for an increased workload during Sunday's game agianst the Bills, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The Raiders will be without at least one starting wideout Sunday, with Bryan Edwards (ankle) ruled out, and Henry Ruggs (knee/hamstring) is also listed as doubtful. Jones would stand to start in three-wide sets if Edwards and Ruggs can't go, though both Hunter Renfrow and Nelson Agholor remain ahead of him on the depth chart. Through three games this season, Jones has secured all four of his targets for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Jones caught three passes on as many targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Jones benefited from the absence of rookie Henry Ruggs (knee/hamstring) on Sunday, but the former could see even more work in Week 4 against the Bills if fellow receiver Bryan Edwards were to miss time with the ankle injury he suffered in New England. Through the Raiders' first three contests of the season, Jones has managed to catch all four of his targets for 47 yards and a score.
Jones caught a 15-yard touchdown pass in Monday's 34-24 win over the Saints.
Analysis: Jones only has one target through two games, but he made the most of it with a crucial touchdown toward the end of the second quarter. However, he played just 18 of 80 offensive snaps (22 percent), so he doesn't have dependable fantasy value.
Jones could play a key role in the Raiders' offense this season, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With Tyrell Williams (shoulder) landing on reserve/injured earlier this week, Jones could find himself in a larger role this season. "Could not be more proud of Nelson Agholor and Zay Jones," Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said when asked about the wideout depth. The Raiders traded for the speedster from the Bills last October and he went on to record 20 receptions for 147 yards across 10 games for the Silver and Black.
Jones may lose his roster spot, ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez reports.
Analysis: Tyrell Williams, Henry Ruggs, Hunter Renfrow and Bryan Edwards are locks, presumably leaving Jones to compete with Nelson Agholor and a slew of young players for one or two jobs. Early reports seem to favor Agholor as the veteran pick, and it would be cheaper for the Raiders to keep a late-round pick or an undrafted player over Jones for the sixth and final spot (if one even exists). The 2017 second-round pick never made any noise after he was traded from Buffalo to Oakland last October, with his 461 offensive snaps producing 20 receptions for only 147 yards. According to Pro Football Focus, Jones' mark of 0.58 yards per route was tied for last among the 117 wide receivers that drew 25 or more targets in 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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