Jones caught four of eight targets for 54 yards during Monday's 48-17 loss to the Jets.
This is not what fantasy owners wanted to see after an offseason of worrying that second-year receiver Kenny Golladay may significantly eat into Jones' workload -- though no one expected that the youngster would ever pace all Lions receivers in playing time as he did Monday. However, it's still premature to jump ship on the veteran, as Jones easily could have had a much, much bigger night had he secured a number of catchable bombs that bounced off his hands in the end zone. Furthermore, it was also just a weird night for Detroit all around, as quarterback Matthew Stafford -- who was playing hobble after getting his thigh kicked near the end of the second quarter -- threw four picks while aggressively trying to will his team back from a large second-half deficit. We'll see if this offense can bounce back in a Week 2 road game against the 49ers.
Jones caught one of two targets for 12 yards in Friday's preseason game against Tampa Bay.
Though he didn't have much impact statistically, Jones stayed on the field for nearly every snap until Matthew Stafford was pulled from the game. The 28-year-old likely will be held out of Detroit's final exhibition contest, finishing the preseason with three catches for 26 yards on seven targets. Jones should pick up some steam in a Week 1 home game against the Jets.
Jones (leg) returned to practice Sunday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Jones left Saturday's practice with some sort of injury to his left leg. According to Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site, the receiver returned Sunday in full pads, suggesting he didn't experience anything severe. Now back in action, Jones will look to continue his impressive start to training camp, where Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group indicated that Jones has been unguardable early on.
Jones banged his left knee following a stellar catch in practice. The Lions will likely take a cautious approach given Jones' value to the offense. If the veteran wideout is forced to miss just a few practices it shouldn't affect his status for a Week 1 contest against the Jets.
Jones led the league with 467 receiving yards and 25.9 yards per catch on contested targets last season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jones isn't the best at sprinting past defenders or jumping over them, but his impressive route running and ability to stay focused in traffic have allowed for above-average efficiency dating back to his time in Cincinnati. With the help of impressive accuracy from Mathew Stafford on deep throws, Jones posted elite marks for yards per catch (18.0) and yards per target (10.2) last season. The continued development of Kenny Golladay could take a few deep looks away from Jones, but there should be plenty of opportunities for both wideouts -- plus slot man Golden Tate -- in an offense that replaced TEs Eric Ebron (Colts) and Darren Fells (Browns) with career role players Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo. While the Lions also made a major commitment to their running game, they'll likely direct a huge portion of targets to their top three wideouts, which should help protect Jones against a shift in run:pass ratio. That being said, he'll have a tough time avoiding at least a minor dip from last year's career-best marks for YPC and YPT.
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