Jones has agreed to a two-year, $14.5 million deal with the Jaguars, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Jones' deal with Jacksonville reportedly includes $9.2 million fully guaranteed. At first glance, this looks like a pretty solid value for the team, with the 31-year-old having logged a 76/978/9 stat line for the Lions in 2020. Jones joins a wideout corps that also includes DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault and an offense that's soon expected to include next month's projected No. 1 overall draft pick, QB Trevor Lawrence.
Jones is expected to have interest in joining the Rams this offseason, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. An impending free agent, Jones is from Southern California, and the 30-year-old would presumably prefer to sign with a contender this offseason. Those two factors would make the Rams a logical destination for Jones, especially after the organization traded for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Jones caught passes from Stafford over each of the past five seasons in Detroit and connected with him for nine touchdowns in three of those years.
Jones caught eight of 11 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota. Finishing out the year as the alpha receiver in the absence of Kenny Golladay (hip), Jones' big day could have been huge had a third touchdown not been overturned by replay. The Vikings' young corners simply had no answer for the strong rapport between Jones and quarterback Matthew Stafford. While missing out on that third touchdown (from 30 yards out) was extra disappointing since it would have gotten Jones to 1,000 receiving yards and double-digit touchdowns on the year, there's at least strong indication that Jones is still near the top of his game despite approaching his 31st birthday in March. The veteran enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, so it's possible we could see him change teams this offseason, especially with Detroit -- in the market for a new GM and head coach -- possibly on the verge of a full-on rebuilding period.
Jones corralled 10 of 12 targets for 112 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 46-25 loss to the Titans. Jones has proven himself as a high-floor fantasy asset with Kenny Golladay (hip) sidelined, but during Week 15, the 30-year-old established his second-highest receiving output of the 2020 campaign. An opening-drive TD catch gave Jones his seventh of the season, pulling him to within three of a career high (10) heading into a Week 16 home game against the Buccaneers. Atlanta's top receiver, Calvin Ridley, exploded for 10 catches, 163 yards and a score against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Jones caught four of eight targets for 48 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Packers. Yet again the alpha receiver with Kenny Golladay (hip) shelved, Jones was held in check by a respectable Green Bay secondary, and no Detroit receiver topped 66 yards despite playing from behind most of the game. As Golladay didn't practice in any capacity last Friday, it seems there's a good chance that Jones will continue to operate as the No. 1 wideout in Week 15, but his upside will be severely capped if Matthew Stafford (ribs) is forced to miss time.
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