Zay Jones, the record setting collegiate receiver from East Carolina, appears to have broken out of the funk that plagued him early this season. According to Pro Football Focus, he was the second-highest graded offensive player for the Bills, right behind Jordan Mills, in the game Thursday versus the Jets. His receiving numbers are still mediocre, registering 16 receptions for 168 yards, including four drops, but he doubled his single game reception output on the big stage.
His concentration and hands appeared to be back in form, as he hauled in 6 receptions for 53 yards and the first touchdown of his NFL career. The diversity in his game was also evident, as he caught three balls outside the numbers for 24 yards and three in the middle of the field for 29 yards, including passes that he had to catch away from his body knowing a big hit was coming.
But was his success due to a reduced role?
Zay only played in 53.3% of the snaps, and with newly acquired wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin now in the fold, it will be interesting to see how Jones’s role will evolve as the season progresses.
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