A second-round pick in 2017 (37th overall), Jones was expected to be a major player for the Bills on offense coming out of college. At East Carolina, he had 158 catches for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns and impressed with both his route-running skills and his consistent hands.
Jones had some good moments as a route runner, but his time with the Bills was plagued by inconsistency and injuries, while also being affected by an off-field incident.
In 36 games for Buffalo, Jones recorded 90 receptions for 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns. Jones had clearly fallen out of favor on offense this season with seven catches for 69 yards before being traded to Oakland.
Jones was arrested for felony vandalism in March 2018 following an altercation with his brother, Cayleb, at a Los Angeles apartment building. In footage obtained by TMZ, Jones was seen running naked, saying he wanted to “fight for Jesus,”â€ˆand TMZ reported that Jones had to be restrained from jumping out of a 30th floor window. The Bills stood by Jones while chargers were later dropped.
A breaking point for Jones with the Bills seemed to come in Buffalo’s Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots, when the receiver didn’t challenge for an errant Josh Allen pass that was picked off by New England. Jones was benched the following week against Tennessee, barely playing in the Bills victory.
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November 3, 2019