Jones was released by the Chiefs on Sunday, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.
After receiving plenty of praise early on in the preseason, the hype surrounding Jones slowed significantly over the last few weeks of preseason. Given his upside, Jones is likely to end up on some team's practice squad before the start of the season.
Jones caught just one pass during Saturday's game against the Bengals, but it went for 18 yards and a touchdown.
Jones had some early buzz surrounding him early in camp, but his lone reception came from presumed third-string quarterback Tyler Bray. The praise has died down over the last couple of weeks and he's totaled just three receptions through two preseason games. Coach Andy Reid hasn't announced the starters yet, but Jones likely remains in the mix for playing time despite a couple lackluster preseason efforts.
Jones was a standout during the team's mandatory minicamp and that play has reportedly carried over into the start of training camp. Signed as a UDFA with the Saints in 2014, Jones spent the majority of last season as a member of the Chiefs' practice squad. He earned some run with the first-team offense during Saturday's session and could be a darkhorse candidate for reps as the team's third receiver behind Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley if he continues to impress.
Jones impressed during the team's OTA's, the Kansas City Star reports. "Eighty-one has done a nice job," said coach Andy Reid. "I know him by 'Stretch' ... he's done a nice job. He had a chance to work in there on the rotation and do some things. Big kid who can run, has pretty good hands. But again, he hasn't played much. Gotta see how he does in camp."
Jones possesses impressive measurables at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and reportedly displayed the ability to outrun defensive back and make some tough catches during OTAs. Things could change when the pads are put on, but the fourth-year wideout appears to be in the mix for reps early in the offseason following the team's release of veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley appear locked in atop the depth chart at the position, but the remaining names will battle it out during training camp for reps on Sundays.
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