The Bills did not add a receiver during this weekend's draft with any of their eight picks, which could leave Jones in a starting role entering training camp, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News reports. Jones' potential target volume took a major hit when the Bills added John Brown and Cole Beasley as big free-agent additions, though things would have been made much worse had the team taken one of the top wideouts in the first or second round. That didn't happen, and essentially the Bills ignored the position this weekend, so for now it looks like the most probable Week 1 lineup has Jones and Brown on the outside with Beasley in the slot. Robert Foster came out of nowhere as a rookie, however, and has a role in this offense as a burner. While Jones' sophomore 2018 line of 56-652-7 was a major step up from a disappointing rookie campaign, there simply may not be much room for growth with at least four decent receivers to feed from a quarterback whose accuracy is still in question, not to mention it's a run-based offense with LeSean McCoy leading the charge.
Jones could be forced to compete for a starting role in 2019 after the Bills reached agreements on contracts this week with fellow wideouts John Brown and Cole Beasley, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports. Barring an unexpected trade, the Bills will head into training camp with at least four wide receivers that can make a good argument for consistent playing time, with second-year player Robert Foster joining the aforementioned options. Jones has the benefit of draft pedigree (No. 37 overall in 2017) and a strong finish to his sophomore campaign working in his favor, but the overall body of work hasn't been good through two seasons (5.5 yards per target). Foster, on the other hand, was hyper-efficient with his limited workload as a rookie in 2018, averaging 20.0 yards per catch and 12.3 per target on 44 opportunities. With Beasley a safe bet for slot work and Brown presumably signed to be a starter, the two incumbents may end up battling for one starting job, though it won't come as any surprise if the Bills deploy a four-receiver rotation. The situation isn't conducive to any one player emerging as a top fantasy asset, but the outlook could change with injuries or if Josh Allen's accuracy improves.
Jones caught six of nine targets for 93 yards in Sunday's 42-17 win over the Dolphins. Jones finishes his second season with 56 catches for 652 yards and seven touchdowns, more than doubling his rookie production of 27 catches for 316 yards and two touchdowns. Buffalo will surely look to improve its receiving corps this offseason, but if the Bills stand pat, Jones would enter next season as quarterback Josh Allen's top target.
Jones caught five of nine targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-12 loss to the Patriots. Jones' stat line looks nice upon initial viewing, but most of his value was derived from scoring a 31-yard touchdown in garbage time. He'll continue running plenty of routes as a starting wide receiver for the Bills against the Dolphins in Week 17, but don't count on erratic rookie quarterback Josh Allen getting the ball to Jones with any regularity.
Jones caught just one of six targets for 11 yards during Sunday's win over the Lions. Jones had a huge 4/67/2 line in Week 13, and with Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes being let go shortly thereafter, it was thought this was Jones' receiving corps to rule. The team has tried to get him the ball with 15 targets one the subsequent two games, but he has just four catches for 33 yards to show for it, and isn't doing a good job out-muscling his opponent for the ball. We'll see if he can finish strong, but with a rookie quarterback not known for his accuracy, Jones is a hit-or-miss option the last two weeks of the season, which consist of division matchups against the Patriots and Dolphins.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|2||09/15||@New York Giants||10||20.75|
|4||09/29||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|16||12/22||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|17||12/29||New York Jets||32||27.38|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||88||42||484||4||26||11.52||72|