Zay Jones

  • Height
    6' 2"
  • Weight
    201 lbs
  • Arm Length
    32 1/2" (70th)
Zay Jones headshot
  • Draft Pick
    2.05 2017
  • College
    East Carolina
  • Age
    27.1

Zay Jones Bio & Season Stats

Year Games Tgts Rec Rec Yds YPR Air Yds Rec TD Fantasy Pts/Game
2021 17 70 47 546 11.6 916 1 6.2 (#74)
2020 16 20 14 154 11.0 135 1 2.3 (#136)
2019 14 46 27 216 8.0 519 0 3.5 (#126)
2018 16 102 56 652 11.6 1268 7 10.2 (#48)
2017 14 74 27 316 11.7 1024 2 5.0 (#100)
  • College Dominator
    37.1% (75th)
  • College YPR
    11.1 (8th)
  • College Target Share
    39.9% (99th)
  • Breakout Age
    20.4 (51st)

Zay Jones Advanced Stats & Metrics

2021

Snap Share

2021

Target Share

2021

Fantasy Points

Zay Jones ADP

214.30
(+2.05)
Average Draft Position (2022)
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18.10 Pick
WR104 Rank

Value Over Stream

-1.8
(#253)

Value Over Stream: Valuation scheme calculates a player’s fantasy pts/game over the average waiver wire replacement in standard fantasy league formats during either the current season (or previous year during the offseason) and adjusts for positional bust rates. VOS rank in parenthesis spans all positions, enabling player comparisons across QB's, RB's, WR's, and TE's.

Popularity Index

#317

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Zay Jones Injury History

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Shoulder sprain
Postseason (2017)
Surgery: Shoulder Repair Surgery (2-3 months)
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Knee strain
Week 9 (2017)
Surgery: Arthroscopic Knee Surgery (4-6 months)
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Zay Jones College Stats

Year Games Recs Rec Yds Tgt Share Catch Rate Special Teams Age School
2013 13 (WR) 62 (76 tgts) 604 (9.7 ypr) 13.4% 81.6% 0 18 East Carolina
2014 13 (WR) 81 (115 tgts) 830 (10.2 ypr) 18.1% 70.4% 0 19 East Carolina
2015 12 (WR) 98 (125 tgts) 1,099 (11.2 ypr) 26.4% 78.4% 0 20 East Carolina
2016 12 (WR) 158 (221 tgts) 1,746 (11.1 ypr) 39.9% 71.5% 0 21 East Carolina

Who is Zay Jones

Zay Jones posted sparkling college stats, earning considerations for the 2016 Fred Biletnikoff Award & William Campbell Trophy. His 158-catch senior season gave him 399 for a career, sending him past former Pirate teammate Justin Hardy to a new NCAA Division 1 career receptions record. Jones' 4,279 career receiving yards also sat 12th all-time. A 99th-percentile college target share, 4.45 (79th-percentile) 40 time and 80th-percentile-or-better workout metrics across the board at the 2017 Combine helped drive his selection in the second round by the Buffalo Bills.

Despite playing 84 percent of Buffalo’s snaps as a rookie, his 36.5-percent catch rate and 17-percent target share (No. 51) left him not fantasy-relevant. Heading into year two, Jones revealed he’d played his rookie season with a torn labrum. When the team released Kelvin Benjamin, Jones became the Bills’ de facto No. 1. Being the top target on what was then a low-pass volume offense, though, coupling his modest 21.2-percent target share with a 55-percent catch rate (No. 88), left him with the league’s No. 48 WR fantasy ranking.

In 2019, the Bills chose to move in another direction at the top of their WR depth chart, signing veterans John Brown and Cole Beasley and leaving Jones with just 46 targets and an infinitesimal 10-percent target share (No. 94). When he was targeted, he scuffled bringing in Josh Allen's targets, posting a 58.7-percent (No. 73) catch rate. In November 2019, Buffalo traded Jones to the Raiders for a fifth-round pick.

To start 2020, Jones found himself near the bottom of the Raiders’ receiving target totem pole, below Darren Waller, Nelson Agholor, Hunter Renfrow and first-round rookie Henry Ruggs. Seeing only 20 targets in 2020, Jones was not fantasy-relevant.

The Raiders re-signed him to a one-year contract in 2021 anyway. After seeing less than a 27-percent snap share and no more than two targets in a game before their Week 8 bye, when the Raiders released Ruggs, they needed someone to step up at wide receiver opposite Hunter Renfrow. Bryan Edwards had been starting but seeing just a 10-percent target share. Enter Zay Jones. After running two routes with an 18-percent snap share in Week 7, Jones ran 42 routes with a 96-percent snap share in Week 9. He’d see more than 80 percent of the team’s snaps and earn 62 targets over the team’s final 6 games. In their opening-round playoff loss to Cincinnati, Jones lead LV WRs with 5 catches for 61 yards and a score. Jones took advantage of his second-half surge and used it to secure the bag. The Jaguars inked Jones to a three-year $24 million deal that guaranteed $14 million. After falling into obscurity despite second-round draft capital, Jones will be featured heavily in the Jaguars' offense going forward.