Jones announced on Twitter that he had successful surgery to repair a torn labrum Tuesday, The Buffalo News reports. "Coming back even stronger," posted the rookie wideout. There's still a mystery as to how much this affected Jones during his first NFL season, as his father posted last week that Jones played through pain all year, while the Bills reportedly never treated Jones for a labrum injury during the season and supposedly discovered that the issue needed surgery during a season-ending examination. Nonetheless, the surgery has been performed and Jones will likely be in good health by the time the serious offseason happenings come. If you're an optimist, you'll look at Jones as a good buy-low option with room to grow after coming off a season with a possible injury hindrance, poor quarterback play, unimaginative play calling, and his own struggles with a new offense.
Jones' father, Robert, revealed Saturday that his son played through a torn labrum for the majority of the season and will undergo surgery Tuesday, Robert Quinn of USA Today reports. If the elder Jones' claim that Zay was dealing with the torn labrum for much of the season is true, it would at least partially explain why the rookie was unable to provide the consistent pass-catching threat the Bills were banking on when they drafted him in the second round in April. Jones finished his first NFL campaign with just 27 receptions on 74 targets for 316 yards and two touchdowns across 15 games, with his lone absence coming as a result of an ankle injury rather than the lingering shoulder issue. Offseason surgery should put Jones at full strength entering his second training camp, but he may need to stand out in workouts and preseason games in order to justify anything more than a late-round dart in most fantasy settings.
Jones brought in two of four targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 10-3 AFC wild-card loss to the Jaguars. Jones' numbers may have not been anything to write home about, but given that he went three straight weeks just before the end of the season without logging a single target, virtually any production is a sign of improvement. The rookie had also notched a pair of catches in the regular-season finale versus the Dolphins, and he wrapped up his first pro season with 27 receptions (on 74 targets) for 316 yards and two touchdowns. Lack of efficiency was of paramount concern, however, as Jones' catch rate was an unsightly 36.5 percent, a figure that raises eyebrows even for a first-year receiver. The 2017 second-round pick certainly has plenty of speed, so improving both his hands and rapport with quarterback Tyrod Taylor (concussion) will likely be offseason priorities.
Jones was targeted once but did not catch a pass in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, the third straight week he's failed to record a catch. The rookie is going through a rough spell, obviously, and simply can't be counted on for those still playing out the season. Somehow Jones, a starter, has played 138 snaps the last three weeks and has only three targets and not a single catch to show for it. With the Bills facing a do-or-die situation Week 17, we imagine the offense will continue to run through LeSean McCoy, Kelvin Benjamin and Charles Clay.
Jones was targeted twice but did not catch a pass in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. With Kelvin Benjamin limping around the field on a bad knee, it's quite surprising Jones, a starter, hasn't even caught a pass the last two weeks after getting 31 targets (15 receptions) over the four previous games. Such is the life of a rookie in a bad passing offense, as Jones has only posted a few hot games amid a slow debut campaign. With just 291 receiving yards and two scores, he'll be tough to trust for those still playing in Week 16.
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