The 2017 second-round pick seemed to turn a corner in 2018 following an underwhelming rookie campaign. In 16 games (15 starts), Jones hauled in 56 receptions for 652 yards and seven scores. However, the 24-year-old saw a reduced role in 2019, as he caught only seven passes for 69 yards through his team’s first five games (including two starts).
This past weekend, Jones only played a single snap after being passed on the depth chart by former CFL player Duke Williams. Sean McDermott acknowledged Jones’ reduced role during his press conference today, noting the receiver’s team-first approach.
“He’s just got to continue to do his job,” McDermott said. “You saw we made some plays at the wide receiver position. Zay’s a guy that continues to grow. He’s still young in his career. He’ll continue to do a good job as he continues to grow, and focus on what he can control. I appreciate his team first approach yesterday.”
The Raiders have been hunting for a receiver for some time, but they still managed to improve to 3-2 despite not having Tyrell Williams, JJ Nelson, and Dwayne Harris this past weekend. Jones will now slide into a depth chart that includes Hunter Renfrow, Keelan Doss, Trevor Davis, and Marcell Ateman.
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