It was clear that when the Buffalo Bills made the move to bring a 6’3, 225 pound Duke Williams up from the practice squad, this could mean that the Bills offense needed another try at wide receiver. Williams was signed in January of this past year and had an excellent preseason with the Bills. How he did not make the final cuts? That is a mystery, but that does not matter because he is officially on the roster and scored the game-winning touchdown for the Bills’ victory over the Tennessee Titans.
While the passing offense is boosted up with Williams’ presence, Zay Jones now could be on the chopping block or could be traded at some point. While Jones was reported to have supported in Williams’ touchdown grab against the Titans, he could see himself out of Buffalo soon.
Since his arrival to Buffalo, Jones has caught for just over 1,000 yards in his career and has not reached double digit touchdowns. Granted, the Bills are built to run the football but with emergence of Josh Allen, the Bills offense looks to balance itself out. Jones has been inconsistent since coming to Buffalo. This includes dropped passes, creating separation and fighting for a jump ball.
What makes the matter worse is that the Bills traded up in 2017 to select Jones in the second round ahead of other receivers like Cooper Kupp, Juju Smith-Schuster and Kenny Golladay. While it made sense as to why he was drafted where he was by the Bills, looking back it is a harsh reality as to what he has provided for the team.
Last year, he was arguably the only reliable receiver for a then-rookie Allen, leading the team in passing yards caught for and receiving touchdowns.
This season continues to be a rough one for Jones. He was kept out against the Titans and did not produce in the first three games. He has only seven catches for 69 yards and no scores. His catch percentage is sitting lonely at 46.4%. Even though some of those missed catches are because of overthrown balls, Jones still has yet to catch a break in the passing offense.
The signings of Cole Beasley and John Brown could have helped him elevate his game but he has not shown much improvement. With Jones being held out against the Titans, and with Williams making an impact for the offense, Jones could be seeing his last weeks in Orchard Park.
-Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Make sure to follow Brandon on Twitter at @brandon_ray79.