Jones, who trained with former NFL receiver Randy Moss in North Carolina last offseason, plans to do so again in 2018, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. Jones has been a solid downfield threat for the Lions since coming to Detroit in 2016, but he took his game to new heights in his second season with the team, progress he partially credits to working with Moss over the summer. Jones said the two focused on improving Jones' route running, particularly on "winning at the top of the route." While other factors regarding his success were certainly in play, the tutelage seemingly benefitted Jones in some capacity when considering he went on to lead the league with 16 receptions of passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield -- with zero drops on 31 such opportunities. Given the immediate payoff, Jones said he intends to resume his training with Moss this offseason to specifically improve his ability to gain yards after the catch. While this guarantees nothing in terms of Jones' fantasy production moving forward, it at least offers hope that he might improve upon his 61/1,101/9 stat line from 2017. However, future investors will also need to take into account the ascension of 2017 third-rounder Kenny Golladay, who proved to also be a dangerous vertical threat as a rookie and could potentially command more targets in 2018, which may reduce Jones' workload.
Jones caught four of five targets for 81 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 35-11 victory over Green Bay. Jones scored for the ninth time this season on a short fade route in the corner of the end zone and concludes the year having averaged 83.4 receiving yards while hitting paydirt seven times in his final 11 games. He now finishes the 2017 campaign with 61 receptions on 107 targets for a career-high 1,101 receiving yards. Entering his third year working with quarterback Matthew Stafford, the 2012 fifth-rounder has shown to be a consistently dangerous downfield threat -- his 18.0 yards per reception ranked second league-wide -- that can be regularly trusted as a starting option in most fantasy leagues. Jones, under contract with the Lions through 2020, will return in 2018 alongside Stafford, co-No. 1 wideout Golden Tate and 2017 third-rounder Kenny Golladay, who steadily carved out a sizable role in the passing game as the year went on.
Jones caught three of five passes for 50 yards during Sunday's 26-17 loss to the Bengals. Jones finished fourth on the team in targets in this one and did little outside of a 31-yard gain in the third quarter. Although he disappointingly finished with three catches for the third straight week, this performance does help to illustrate how consistent he's been this season, as he now has at least 50 receiving yards in 10 of the last 11 games. The Lions are now eliminated from playoff contention, but Jones could still cap off what's been a solid season with a big outing next week against the Packers.
Jones caught three of five targets for 85 yards during Saturday's 20-10 victory over the Bears. Jones highlighted his day by snagging a 58-yard bomb from a scrambling Matthew Stafford halfway through the second quarter. The Cal product made two other grabs in the first half but didn't do anything at all thereafter as, with Detroit up 20-3 for most of the second half, the Lions didn't need to lean on their downfield threat often. Looking forward, Jones could be a sneaky fantasy play in Week 16 against a Bengals team that recently lost Adam Jones (groin) to injured reserve and is currently without its other starter, Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion.
Jones brought in three of four passes for 64 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over the Buccaneers. Jones played a complementary role alongside Eric Ebron and Golden Tate, who combined for 18 catches on 20 targets. However, he did make one of his trademark downfield contributions, hauling in a 38-yard throw from Matthew Stafford (hand) in the first half. Jones has seen his yardage totals drop after each of the last two games, but he's now just 115 yards away from his first 1,000-yard season. He'll look to keep building toward that goal against the Bears in Week 15.
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