Jones was largely held in check by Washington cornerback Josh Norman before catching a bomb from QB Matthew Stafford in the second half. On that very play, Norman hit the ground hard and was unable to return, allowing Jones to see more favorable matchups for the remainder of the game. He ultimately finished without a touchdown for the fourth time this season, but Jones has accounted for at least 74 receiving yards in every game he hasn't scored in this season, demonstrating his high-floor role in the
Jones entered the game as the NFL's leading receiver, but was largely unheard from on Sunday outside of his lone score at the start of the game. Case in point, Jones received the third-most attention from QB Matthew Stafford, but finished with a season-low two receptions, good for fifth on the team. Meanwhile, both Golden Tate and Anquan Boldin hauled in eight receptions of their own and combined for a grand total of 225 receiving yards. Things may not get any easier for Jones next week, as a matchup with Josh Norman and the Redskins awaits.
Jones has cooled off since averaging over 100 yards per game across the first three outings of 2016, but that pace was likely unsustainable anyway. However, Jones has now seen his receptions decrease in four consecutive games, and he finished with a season-low in receptions, yards and YPC on Sunday. He still projects as the Lions' top fantasy wideout, but with QB Matthew Stafford's even distribution of targets, there will always be potential for more low-yardage performances out of Jones in any given contest. Jones will look to get back on track against the Rams in Week 6.
Jones' low-water marks occurred last Sunday, when he managed 74 yards on seven targets against the Bears. This time around, he'll brush off a foot injury that ultimately didn't impact his participation in the final practice of the week.
With Eric Ebron (knee) officially ruled out, the 1-3
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