Jones logged 16 snaps but was not targeted during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the 49ers. Jones was only called on to occasionally spell Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay, who each earned over 80 percent of the offensive snaps while Marvin Jones logged 100 percent of them. Unless an injury strikes one of those wideouts above him on the depth chart, Jones is nothing more than an afterthought in the fantasy realm.
Jones caught one of three passes for six yards during Monday's 48-17 loss to the Jets. Jones had a night to forget. He seemingly stopped on one of his routes on an intercepted pass that was meant for him, and he also dropped a catchable pass that looked like it could have gone for a touchdown. Clearly the fourth wide receiver on a team loaded at the position, Jones should be left on the waiver wire in the majority of fantasy formats.
Jones (shoulder) has been held out of team drills this spring for precautionary reasons, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Jones required surgery in January to address a shoulder injury he sustained while covering a punt in Week 15 of last season. Having made steady progress in his recovery throughout spring, the receiver should be operating at 100 percent by the time training camp opens July 27.
Jones (shoulder) signed his original-round restricted free agent tender Monday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. The timing coincides with the beginning of the Lions' offseason workout program, allowing Jones to participate in whatever capacity he's ready for. Still rehabbing from January shoulder surgery, the 2014 sixth-round selection likely was hoping to sign an offer sheet with another team, but he presumably couldn't find a suitor willing to give up a sixth-round pick for the right to hand him a contract. Despite posting career-high marks for catches (30), receiving yards (399), targets (49) and yards per target (8.1) last season, Jones merely profiles as the Lions' No. 4 wide receiver, with 2017 third-round pick Kenny Golladay the better bet to earn a regular spot alongside Golden Tate and Marvin Jones in three-wide sets.
Lions head coach Matt Patricia recently said he expects Jones (shoulder) to be available for offseason workouts when the wide receiver signs his restricted free agent tender, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Jones is on the mend from January surgery to repair a left shoulder injury that prematurely ended the wideout's 2017 season after 14 games. Detroit placed an original-round tender on the 2014 sixth-round pick earlier this month to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent, but Jones has yet to sign the contract. It's possible he remains unsigned through the upcoming NFL Draft in an effort to find another team willing to extend him a contract. The likelihood of that happening increases once Jones is 100 percent healthy, as he would then be fit to pass a customary physical. However, any team that might sign Jones would also have to surrender a sixth-round pick to Detroit if the Lions choose not to match the offer sheet.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||New England Patriots||24||29.00|
|5||10/07||Green Bay Packers||28||32.00|
|13||12/02||Los Angeles Rams||1||4.00|
|17||12/30||@Green Bay Packers||28||32.00|
|3 Year Avg||27||15||208||1||10||13.87||26|