TJ Jones
TJ Jones
26-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Detroit Lions
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Jones enters the 2017 season clearly buried on the depth chart behind the established Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, not to mention the ascending 2017 third-rounder, Kenny Golladay. However, Jones is capable of playing both out wide and in the slot, making him the next man up should injuries strike any of the receivers ahead of him. While Jones and Tate have combined to miss only one game over the last four years, Golladay missed five games as a rookie in 2017. Jones should be ready to capitalize if Golladay misses any more time. With that said, injuries tend to be fickle in nature, making it far from a guarantee that Jones will surpass the career-high 400 offensive snaps he logged a season ago. Read Past Outlooks
$Offered a one-year, $1.91 million contract with the Lions in March of 2018.
No targets in Week 2
WRDetroit Lions
September 17, 2018
Jones logged 16 snaps but was not targeted during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the 49ers.
ANALYSIS
Jones was only called on to occasionally spell Golden Tate and Kenny Golladay, who each earned over 80 percent of the offensive snaps while Marvin Jones logged 100 percent of them. Unless an injury strikes one of those wideouts above him on the depth chart, Jones is nothing more than an afterthought in the fantasy realm.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    33
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    11
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
52
26
2017
400
60
2018
33
11
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other WRs)

Height:   6' 0"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   190 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.48 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.27 sec
WEAK
Cone Drill:   6.82 sec
GOOD
Arm Length:   30.63 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   10.00 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   33 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   119 in
AVERAGE
Bench Press:   0 reps
Not Available
Detroit Lions Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
After posting a 10/132/1 receiving line across 10 games in 2015, Jones failed to make the Lions roster out of training camp last season but eventually found his way back after re-signing in December. He enters the 2017 campaign firmly behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones on the depth chart and will face strong competition from third-round rookie Kenny Golladay for the No. 3 job.
Entering his second season, Jones is also in the mix of receivers who hope to see more targets with the promise of a more balanced distribution of targets in the Lions' offense this year. He caught 10 passes in 2016, with nine coming in the last five games. Jones is likely to compete with offseason signing Jeremy Kerley for a role in three receiver sets.
Jones' primary contribution in 2015 will be as a returner, sitting atop the depth chart as both a kick and punt returner. As his 64-yard touchdown reception in the preseason finale exhibited, however, he can also serve as an explosive target in the passing game. Jones missed his entire rookie 2014 season due to a shoulder injury dating back to college. He was productive in his senior season at Notre Dame, hauling in 70 passes for 1,108 yards and nine scores, earning himself a sixth round selection at the hands of the Lions.
Jones' sharp routes, good hands and decent speed should eventually make him an effective slot receiver in the NFL, but targets could be hard to come by behind Calvin Johnson even if Jones does seize the job right out of the gate.
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Catches one pass in season opener
WRDetroit Lions
September 11, 2018
Jones caught one of three passes for six yards during Monday's 48-17 loss to the Jets.
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Seems to have roster spot
WRDetroit Lions
August 3, 2018
Jones appears locked into a roster spot, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.
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Limited in spring practices
WRDetroit Lions
Shoulder
June 15, 2018
Jones (shoulder) has been held out of team drills this spring for precautionary reasons, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Signs RFA tender
WRDetroit Lions
Shoulder
April 9, 2018
Jones (shoulder) signed his original-round restricted free agent tender Monday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
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Unsigned, but nearing full recovery
WRDetroit Lions
Shoulder
March 28, 2018
Lions head coach Matt Patricia recently said he expects Jones (shoulder) to be available for offseason workouts when the wide receiver signs his restricted free agent tender, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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