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The Arrow for Zay Jones Points Up

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.   What do you think his role will be? Bench? Starter? Slot WR? Share your opinions in The Roundtable Chat box. For other Roundtable topics check out our content here.           Want more in-depth NFL and Draft analysis? Subscribe to our premium content Subscribe to our daily newsletter. Subscribe to Locked On Bills on iTunes Subscribe to our NFL Draft Podcast Cover 1 | The Podcast For topic ideas or rants call us at 716-266-2892  

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Can The Bills Live Up To The Hype?

Leading up to the week five game against the Cincinnati Bengals, there was a decent amount of hype surrounding the Bills after winning back-to-back games against what were considered to be better teams. We discussed on Locked On Bills whether or not this team could live up to the new found hype. They did not. The Bills went to Cincinnati and lost that game 20-16. After the game, the hype died down a bit. However, the team responded with another pair of victories, including a dominating performance against the Raiders. Prompting both national media recognition of the Bills and the rally cry that these Bills are “for real”. On top of this already increased hype, the Bills added former Panthers star WR Kelvin Benjamin at the last minute of the trade deadline. Further increasing the hype that the 2017 Buffalo Bills are “all in” to make a push this season.   So here we are again, Buffalo gaining national attention for being “legit” and heading into a game they are supposed to win. On the road, in prime time. With everyone watching. Can the Buffalo Bills live up to the increased hype surrounding the team? Let us know your thoughts at The Roundtable.     Want more in-depth NFL and Draft analysis? Subscribe to our premium content Subscribe to our daily newsletter. Subscribe to Locked On Bills on iTunes Subscribe to our NFL Draft Podcast Cover 1 | The Podcast For topic ideas or rants call us at 716-266-2892  

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A Glance at the Advanced Stats on WR Kelvin Benjamin

According to our partners Pro Football Focus, newly acquired WR Kelvin Benjamin currently has the highest catch rate on passes over 20 yards at 71.4 %. The sample size is small as he has only been targeted seven times but he hauled in five for 157 yards including two touchdowns.   Deonte Thompson was the leading deep threat WR on the Bills roster with three receptions for 94 yards and only Brandon Tate has a touchdown over 20 yards.   It was pretty obvious the Bills needed some talent at the receiver position. A guy that not only can create splash plays down the field, but one that could also just produce when given the opportunity.   Produce by utilizing his size and length or with his ability to catch in traffic. Like in the short to intermediate area.   Forty-four of his 51 targets this season are in the short to intermediate area and he produced 27 receptions for 318 yards. Having a 6’5″ WR that can work those areas, that can catch contested passes or in high traffic areas and secure the catch will only help QB Tyrod Taylor.   Per PFF, Benjamin is ranked 14th overall in yards per route run as he averages 2.02 yards per route run. On 235 passing routes he has gained 475 yards. In my opinion this is a good move. What are your thoughts?   Comment in our Roundtable chat box found here.       Want more in-depth NFL and Draft analysis? Subscribe to our premium content Subscribe to our daily newsletter. Subscribe to Locked On Bills on iTunes Subscribe to our NFL Draft Podcast Cover 1 | The Podcast For topic ideas or rants call us at 716-266-2892  

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