News: ESPN reports that Patriots receiver Donald Jones, who signed as a free agent this offseason from Buffalo, could be fighting for a job in training camp along with fellow free agent signee Michael Jenkins. Both receivers now project to No. 5 or 6 on the depth chart behind Danny Amendola, draft picks Aaron Dobson/Josh Boyce and Julian Edelman. Had the Patriots drafted just one receiver, the odds naturally would have been better for both of them to possibly stick on the roster. Now, assuming good health, there might be just one spot (if any at all).
Analysis: We would give Jones the nod over Jenkins to win the job, but the Patriots adding Dobson and Boyce and keeping Edelman hurts his outlook for this season. Keep an eye on what happens with Jones, but he should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.
News: The Patriots have signed former Bills receiver Donald Jones, according to ESPN.
Analysis: Jones has proven to be an injury prone receiver who has never posted a solid receiving average. He has six touchdowns over 35 games, which is weak, but he beat up the Patriots for two of those touchdowns along with 164 yards on eight grabs in two games last year. We'd be mildly surprised if he had a major role with the Patriots this season, particularly if Brandon Lloyd stays on the roster.
News: The Bills announced Thursday that they will not tender wide receiver Donald Jones, making him a free agent as soon as the free agency period begins on March 12.
Analysis: At one point, it seemed as if the Bills were working on a contract extension with Jones. Now the 25-year-old will hit the market this offseason. Jones, who was placed on the non-football/illness list with an unknown ailment late last season, finished his best season in the league, totaling 41 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns. He has told reporters in the past that he has played with this medical condition his entire career and it won't keep him from playing in 2013. Jones had some PPR value last season, but his value may change depending on where he lands. For now, consider him a late round selection in deeper formats come Draft Day.
News: Bills receiver Donald Jones told the official team website that the medical condition he's played with his whole career and ended his season last December won't stop him from playing in 2013. Jones won't say what the condition is. "[I]ts never hampered me football-wise, Jones said. This year, it wouldn't have either, if it wasn't for some of the treatments and things we were doing, which really hampered what I was doing. Its nothing life-threatening or anything like that. Its something that I have to deal with. The medicine that I was on kind of weighed me down, so they had to shut me down. ... I'll be back in May and ready to go."
Analysis: Jones is a restricted free agent this offseason but figures to be back with the Bills for a contract year in 2013. He's never been a big stat contributor.
News: The Bills announced Tuesday wide receiver Donald Jones was placed on the non-football/illness list. Jones missed two of the last three games with a calf injury before being placed on the NFI list with another unknown ailment. Its been bothering him off and on, head coach Chan Gailey said of Jones' calf injury, per the team's official website. It shows up and doesnt show up.
Analysis: Jones had his best season in the NFL this year, totaling 41 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns. However, he had more value in PPR formats than standard leagues. Jones was just a low-end Fantasy option to start when he had a favorable matchup.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones was listed among the inactives for Week 15 against the Seahawks. It was the second game he's missed this season due to a lingering calf injury.
Analysis: Jones was able to return in Week 14 against St. Louis following a one-game absence but could not go Sunday. Overall, he has caught 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns on the season. Keep an eye on his status going forward but keep Jones reserved in deeper Fantasy formats for Week 15.
News: Buffalo wide receiver Donald Jones (calf) was labeled questionable for Week 15 against Seattle after being hit with a setback during Friday's practice. Jones, who has missed one game due to a lingering calf injury, was limited in practice Friday after participating in full the previous two days. Bills coach Chan Gailey said Jones did not take many reps at practice Friday and his status for Sunday's game is uncertain. "We'll see," he said.
Analysis: Jones was able to return in Week 14 against St. Louis following a one-game absence and recorded three catches for 33 yards. Overall, he has caught 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns on the season. The Seahawks have been tough against wide receivers of late, giving up just one score to wideouts in their last five games, so owners should leave Jones for deeper Fantasy formats in Week 15. Seattle ranks fourth in the league in pass defense, giving up under 197 yards per game, and has limited opposing wideouts to an average of just 15.4 Fantasy points, which is best in the NFL.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones has had a career campaign thus far but will have his work cut out for him in Week 15 against the Seahawks. Seattle ranks fourth in the league in pass defense, giving up under 197 yards per game, and has limited opposing wideouts to an average of just 15.4 Fantasy points, which is best in the NFL.
Analysis: Jones has caught 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns thus far and returned a week ago from a calf injury. The Seahawks have been tough against wide receivers of late, giving up just one score to wideouts in their last five games, so owners should leave the 24-year-old for the deepest of Fantasy formats for Week 15.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones, who sat out Week 13 with a calf injury, returned to practice Wednesday as the team prepares for Week 14 vs. St. Louis. The Rams have given up the ninth-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers this season.
Analysis: On Monday, coach Chan Gailey said he expects Jones to be back in the lineup for the Rams game, barring a setback. Jones was struggling in his previous two games (30 yards in two games, two total Fantasy points) before getting hurt, but he is having the best season of his career in 2012 and has become a threat in the Buffalo passing game opposite Steve Johnson, who, coincidentally, is also nursing an injury. Jones is still a bit inconsistent and should be left for deeper Fantasy formats. The weather conditions on Sunday are also supposed to be cold and rainy, so Fantasy owners should take that into account before slotting the wide receiver in a starting spot.
News: Bills coach Chan Gailey said Monday wide receiver Donald Jones, who sat out Week 13 with a calf injury, should practice Wednesday and his outlook for Week 14 vs. St. Louis is promising. Barring a setback, Gailey expects Jones to return Sunday.
Analysis: Jones was struggling in his previous two games before getting hurt, but he is having the best season of his career in 2012 and has become a threat in the Buffalo passing game opposite Steve Johnson. However, Jones is still a bit inconsistent and should be left for deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones, who was limited by a calf injury in practice leading up to the game, is inactive for Week 13 against the Jaguars. It's the first game Jones has missed this season.
Analysis: The Bills' passing game has struggled in recent weeks, so chances are Jones, who is behind Steve Johnson in the pecking order, wouldn't have made a significant Fantasy contribution even if he was healthy. Still, he was an option that is no longer available to you. Keep an eye out for his status Week 14 against the Rams.
News: Buffalo wide receiver Donald Jones was listed as questionable on the team's injury report for Week 13 against Jacksonville with a troublesome calf issue. Jones was unable to participant in Friday's practice because of the issue after being limited the previous two days. If active, Jones, who has just a total of six catches for 30 yards over his last two games, will face a Jaguars defense that ranks 28th against the pass, allowing 274.5 yards per game.
Analysis: As quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick goes, so goes Jones, and lately, Fitzpatrick has been in a funk, averaging 174.0 passing yards over his last two games. Granted, this matchup seems like an ideal one to get him back on track, but even if that happens, he's more likely to lean on Steve Johnson than Jones. Johnson has thrived even as Fitzpatrick has struggled, averaging 90.3 receiving yards over his last three games. Jones isn't the worst wide receiver you could start in Fantasy, but given the current state of the Bills' passing game, he's kind of a desperation play right now for Week 13.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones (calf) was a limited participant in practice for the second day in a row on Thursday leading up to Week 13 at home against the Jaguars. Jones, who has just a total of six catches for 30 yards over his last two games, will face a Jacksonville defense that ranks 28th against the pass, allowing 274.5 yards per game.
Analysis: Though the Bills are hosting a Jaguars team that has surrendered the 10th-most Fantasy points to wide receivers this season, Jones is still a long shot to have a big game, if his recent production and his calf issues are any indication. As quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick goes, so goes Jones, and lately, Fitzpatrick has been in a funk, averaging 174.0 passing yards over his last two games. Granted, this matchup seems like an ideal one to get him back on track, but even if that happens, he's more likely to lean on Steve Johnson than Jones. Johnson has thrived even as Fitzpatrick has struggled, averaging 90.3 receiving yards over his last three games. Jones isn't the worst wide receiver you could start in Fantasy, but given the current state of the Bills' passing game, he's kind of a desperation play right now.
News: Though the Bills are hosting a Jaguars team in Week 13 that ranks 28th against the pass, allowing 274.5 yards per game, and has surrendered the 10th-most Fantasy points to wide receivers this season, Donald Jones is still a long shot to have a big game, if his recent production is any indication. He has a total of six catches for 30 yards over his last two games. Jones is also dealing with a calf injury and was a limited participant Wednesday in practice.
Analysis: As quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick goes, so goes Jones, and lately, Fitzpatrick has been in a funk, averaging 174.0 passing yards over his last two games. Granted, this matchup seems like an ideal one to get him back on track, but even if that happens, he's more likely to lean on Steve Johnson than Jones. Johnson has thrived even as Fitzpatrick has struggled, averaging 90.3 receiving yards over his last three games. Jones isn't the worst wide receiver you could start in Fantasy, but given the current state of the Bills' passing game, he's kind of a desperation play right now.
News: In the Bills' Week 12 loss at the Colts, receiver Donald Jones came up with four grabs for a total of 19 yards. He was targeted six times. Jones nearly scored in the second half when he climbed the ladder for a 12-yard completion that saw him end at the Colts 1. The Bills scored two plays later.
Analysis: Jones is locked in as the Bills' No. 2 receiver and has touchdowns in two of his last five games, but his infrequent production makes him hard to trust in Fantasy. He's worth stashing in deeper formats but isn't much of a starting choice. The Bills host the Jaguars in Week 13.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones was held in check against the Dolphins in Week 11. Jones was the second-most targeted receiver in the passing game, but couldn't get going as he settled for just two catches for 11 yards in a 19-14 victory. He was targeted five times and finished as the fourth-leading receiver on the team behind Steve Johnson (79 yards), C.J. Spiller (39 yards) and Scott Chandler (30 yards).
Analysis: Jones is certainly having the best season of his young career. He has had some decent performances but every now and then he is held in check like he was on Thursday night. He has been held under 15 yards four times through his first 10 games this season and has been too inconsistent to rely on in Fantasy. He'll try to bounce back against the Colts, who have allowed a touchdown to a wide receiver in all but one of their nine games entering Week 11. Fantasy owners should view him as an intriguing low-end starting option in deeper formats, especially PPR leagues, heading into Week 12.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones is having the best season of his young career and that hasn't gone unnoticed by his coaches or teammates. Donald is starting to emerge as another weapon for us, head coach Chan Gailey said, per the team's official website. So you get Stevie (Johnson) and Donald and Scott (Chandler) and were starting to develop some diversity where they cant just look at one thing and stop one thing which is where we need to be. Jones has been a key asset as of late, totaling 16 catches for 186 yards and two touchdowns in his last three games. I think Donald has really grown this year, Chandler said. Hes starting to get a really good feel for the offense and his niche in the offense. A versatile guy that can play inside and outside and has really been an asset for our team.
Analysis: Jones has certainly benefited in 2012 from the unfortunate season-ending knee injury that befell slot receiver David Nelson. Jones has seen a lot of Nelson's targets, which has allowed him to already set career-highs in catches (32), receiving yards (380) and touchdowns (four). Jones has six catches in each of his last two games and feels he can keep that momentum rolling into Week 11 vs. Miami (Thursday). We dont have a lot of time to prepare for that team, but they have the same thing (as the Bills' Week 10 opponent -- New England). Well come out Thursday and hopefully we put up the same performance -- without the penalties," Jones said. Wide receivers are averaging 189 receiving yards and 24.4 Fantasy points per week against Miami. Receivers have also totaled 10 touchdowns in nine games against Miami. Jones could be considered a low-end Fantasy start in deep formats, particularly PPR leagues.
News: Buffalo wide receiver Donald Jones got into the end zone in the Week 10 defeat at New England Sunday. Jones scored on a 2-yard touchdown grab from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter. He finished with six catches for 74 yards and was targeted a team-high 10 times in the game by Fitzpatrick. Jones did appear to suffer an injury as he was shaken up on his last catch of the game.
Analysis: Jones got into the end zone for the fourth time this season in the Week 10 loss to the Patriots. Jones has consistently been around a handful of catches and a threat to score over the last few weeks and is definitely gaining in Fantasy value and targets from Fitzpatrick. Jones was shaken up at the end of the Week 10 game and is likely to be on the injury report heading into Week 11 against Miami. That said, he is likely to only be a viable Fantasy option as a flex in deeper formats.
News: Buffalo receiver Donald Jones had a productive game Sunday at Houston in Week 9. Jones had six catches for 65 yards on nine targets. His catches, yards and targets led all Buffalo receivers.
Analysis: Jones now has 10 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown in his past two games against the Texans and Titans. He faces the Patriots in Week 10, and he played well against New England when these teams met in Week 4 with three catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. With the way Jones is playing and a favorable matchup, consider adding Jones in deeper leagues as a possible flex option.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones scored his third touchdown of the season in Week 7 against the Titans. Jones hooked up with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the third quarter for a 15-yard touchdown grab, his first since Week 4. He was targeted five times in the game, bringing in four of those passes for 47 yards as the Bills fell, 35-34.
Analysis: The 24-year-old set a new career-high in the game, as he now has 241 yards receiving on the season. He is off to the best start of his career so far. The problem for Jones has been generating consistent production, as he has gone two games between each of his touchdown grabs. The former undrafted free agent is emerging as more of a weapon in the passing game for Buffalo, but there is still plenty of work to do. The Bills are off in Week 8 for their bye, before returning for Week 9 against the Texans. Houston has allowed eight receiving touchdowns to wide receivers this season, but Fantasy owners should consider Jones more a risky low-end option in all formats for Week 9.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones was not much of a factor in Week 6 against the Cardinals. Jones hauled in just one pass for 9 yards in the 16-13 overtime win. He was targeted four times and has now hauled in three receptions for 22 yards over his last three games. Steve Johnson led the Bills with six receptions for 82 yards in the victory.
Analysis: Jones remains one of the more inconsistent options on the Bills as he has continues to take a backseat to Steve Johnson and Scott Chandler in the passing game. While he has the potential to be a big-play receiver, owners should continue to ignore the 24-year-old until he shows some consistency with his production. Leave Jones benched in the majority of formats heading into Week 7 against the Titans.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones is hoping to see a few more passes thrown his way in Week 6 against the Cardinals. Jones finished with just two catches for 13 yards in Buffalo's blowout loss against San Francisco last week. Arizona enters the contest ranked 19th in pass defense after allowing an average of 231 passing yards over the first five games of the year. The Cardinals have surrendered five touchdowns through the air while yielding an average of 21.8 Fantasy points to opposing WRs on the year.
Analysis: Jones has turned in a few nice performances this season but has also turned in a few stinkers. He continues to take a backseat to Steve Johnson and Scott Chandler in the passing game and has yet to catch more than five passes in a single game thus far. While Jones does have some big-play potential, his overall production remains way too inconsistent to consider starting him most weeks. Consider him merely a low-end flex option in deeper formats against Arizona.
News: Buffalo wide receiver Donald Jones was barely involved on offense during Sunday's Week 5 contest against the 49ers. Jones turned four targets into two catches for 13 yards in a 45-3 defeat.
Analysis: Jones failed to get it going on offense after his big 90-yard performance last week against the Patriots. He has taken the backseat to Steve Johnson and Scott Chandler in the passing game and is in a wide open race with Donald Jones to become Ryan Fitzpatrick second option at the wide receiver position. At this point, Jones is probably the No. 2 wide receiver as he has caught 15 passes for 185 with two touchdowns this season. Outside of catching a few long passes from time to time, Jones will have minimal value in the Bills' offense going forward. He can be left on the wire in most leagues.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones, who suffered a head injury in the fourth quarter Week 4, was able to practice once again in full Friday and is officially listed as probable to play in the Week 5 game at San Francisco.
Analysis: Jones hasn't made a huge impact to this point, though he does have two touchdowns and did go for 90 yards on two catches last week against New England. The 49ers should pose a much stiffer test, however, and Jones should only be considered a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones, who suffered a head injury in the fourth quarter Week 4, was able to practice Wednesday. Buffalo is at San Francisco Week 5.
Analysis: Jones had just two catches before getting hurt Week 4 against the Patriots, but he made the most of them, totaling 90 yards and one touchdown. Jones has two touchdowns through four games, but he has just 13 catches for 172 yards. He is not a reliable Fantasy option and is not a recommended start heading into Week 5.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones caught two passes for 90 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots on Sunday. The highlight of his day was a 68-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. Jones was hit hard by Vince Wilfork on a short fourth quarter pass and left the game. He did not have a concussion, but did not return.
Analysis: Jones was among a group of wide receivers that the Bills were hoping would step up in the absence of David Nelson, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Targeted three times, Jones showed a nice burst on the long run, but wasn't looked to very often in a game where Ryan Fitzpatrick threw the ball 40 times. Outside of catching a few more long passes, Jones will have minimal value in the Bills' offense going forward. He can be left on the wire in most leagues.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones has quietly put together a decent season, catching 10 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. He has been targeted 16 times over three games.
Analysis: Jones hasn't done anything spectacular this season, but he has seen a good amount of passes come his way in a Bills offense that has yet to really air it out. He'll probably average out to about five catches and 45-50 yards per game when the season is done. Not exactly a breakout candidate, Jones is only going to see value as a bye week fill-in at flex in the deepest of leagues, and can be left to the wire in most formats.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones finished with five catches for 42 yards Week 3 at Cleveland. His longest catch went 17 yards and he was targeted six times, which was second on the team behind Steve Johnson's 11 targets. Jones has 11 catches for 82 yards and one touchdown through three games.
Analysis: Jones might be a starting receiver for the Bills, but his presence is far more important to his real team than Fantasy owners right now. Jones is just a low-end Fantasy reserve in PPR leagues. The Bills play the Patriots in Week 4.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones heads into Week 3 against the Browns looking for his second touchdown of the 2012 season. Wide receivers are averaging 35 Fantasy points per week against Cleveland, which is tied for third highest this season. No wide receiver has yet to amass 100 yards against the Browns, but receivers have totaled four touchdowns.
Analysis: Jones had a disappointing Week 2, totaling one catch for minus-1 yard. He was expected to play a bigger role in the wake of David Nelson's season-ending knee injury, but that hasn't happened yet. Until Jones becomes more consistent, then he has marginal Fantasy appeal. Even with the favorable matchup, Jones is a risky Fantasy start.
News: Bills reciever Donald Jones had a disappointing performance Week 2 against the Chiefs. He caught just one pass for minus-1 yard. He was targeted three times in the 35-17 win.
Analysis: The Bills threw the ball just 19 times Sunday after getting out to a huge lead, so perhaps if it was a closer game or the Bills were trailing, then Jones might have played a bigger role. But it was still a disappointing performance after it was anticipated Jones would see more production following the season-ending injury to David Nelson. Jones is expected to bounce between the slot and outside receiver, but until he becomes a steady option, then he has marginal Fantasy appeal heading into Week 3 at Cleveland.
News: Bills wide receiver Donald Jones will aim for a touchdown in two straight games against the Chiefs in Week 2. Although Jones had just two catches for 3 yards last season against Kansas City, one of those catches went for a touchdown. Jones also scored in the opener this season, so he has a second streak on the line as well. Falcons wide receivers torched the Chiefs secondary in Week 1 for 15 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
Analysis: The Bills have lost wide receiver David Nelson for the season with a knee injury, so now Jones gets his chance to be a bigger part of the passing game. If you recall, Jones got off to a fast start last season before fading and eventually ending up on IR. Hopefully, he won't follow a similar fate in 2012, but Jones still has very low-end Fantasy appeal heading into Week 2.
News: Buffalo wide receiver Donald Jones hauled in five passes for 41 yards and a touchdown during the Bills' 48-28 loss to the Jets in Week 1. Jones, who collected seven targets from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, registered his first touchdown catch of the season on a 6-yard toss during the fourth quarter. It was just the third career touchdown for Jones, who finished second on the team behind Steve Johnson (10) for targets.
Analysis: True to form, Jones was turning in a generally underwhelming performance before he salvaged his outing with the late touchdown. But he could be in store for additional targets as receiver David Nelson went down with a potentially serious knee injury against the Jets. Jones could be a useful option in Fantasy PPR formats as he tallied at least five catches twice in eight games last season. Fantasy owners should continue to track his progress, but he remains a low-end option heading into Week 2 against Kansas City.
News: When rattling off the recognizable threats in the Bills' receiving corps, Steve Johnson undoubtedly heads the list. Then tight end Scott Chandler or David Nelson, followed by Buffalo's dual-threat running backs in Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. But Donald Jones? The 24-year-old Youngstown State product is now the team's No. 2 receiver on the depth chart after emerging from a battle during the preseason. He finished with five receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown in exhibition play, and two of his targets from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went for at least 20 yards.
Analysis: A new job title also brings increased expectations for Jones, who is entering his third season in the NFL. He will need to serve as another downfield threat for the Bills to help ease double coverage off Johnson. Jones experienced an inconsistent 2011 campaign and amassed 11 receptions for 152 yards in two separate games. But he then managed just 12 catches for just 79 yards in his other six outings combined. Jones draws a tough assignment in Week 1 when the Bills battle the Jets on the road. New York permitted an average of just 15.9 Fantasy points per game to opposing receivers last season and just nine touchdowns -- tied for the forth fewest in the league. Fantasy owners should bypass Jones in all formats for Week 1, but keep track of his early progress.
News: Bills receiver Donald Jones made the most of the limited passes he saw thrown his way during Friday night's preseason game against the Vikings. Jones only saw one pass thrown his way in the 36-14 defeat, but it was a 31-yard touchdown strike thrown by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jones is currently listed as Buffalo's No. 2 receiver on the depth chart.
Analysis: Jones made the most of his limited opportunities Friday, which bodes well for his chances of remaining in the starting lineup. While the 24-year-old will have to fight off Derek Hagan and Marcu Easley in the coming weeks, he has really caught the attention of coach Chan Gailey in the early weeks of the preseason. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on if Jones can maintain his starting gig for the Bills. However, even if he does, there is no guarantee that will lead to an increase in production as he finished with 23 catches for 231 yards and one touchdown while starting seven games last year. Consider him merely waiver-wire fodder entering the season.
News: Bills receiver Donald Jones is still the No. 2 receiver as far as head coach Chan Gailey goes, but the third-year wideout has yet to lock himself into the starting lineup in training camp. He is ahead as he was when he came here, but nothing is locked in granite right now, Gailey told NFL.com. Everybody is still working to see where were going to play them. Were going to play a lot of guys anyway. Jones has reportedly impressed Gailey in camp, which bodes well for his chances.
Analysis: Jones disappointed last season, finishing with 23 catches for 231 yards and one touchdown while starting seven games, so there is no guarantee that a starting role will automatically put him on your Fantasy radar. Jones had one 100-yard receiving game, but his season ended prematurely after suffering an ankle sprain in Week 11. He seems to have made some strides in the offseason, but Jones has yet to prove himself in the NFL, so leave him off your draft boards and consider him just a waiver-wire option if he shows some promise in the first few weeks.
News: The Buffalo News reports that Bills coach Chan Gailey said Donald Jones will be the No. 2 receiver when camp opens Thursday morning, but the competition remains open. "Donald (will) start there, but we're looking at everybody," Gailey said. "We've not ruled anybody out at this point at that spot."
Analysis: The Bills know Steve Johnson is their No. 1 receiver and David Nelson is the slot guy, although he's really the second-best Fantasy option at the position behind Johnson. Jones could be a player to watch if he beats out T.J. Graham, Derek Hagan and Marcus Easley, but he's not worth drafting. Jones would only be worth adding off the waiver wire if he starts out the season playing well.
News: Bills coach Chan Gailey said Monday that receiver Donald Jones is ahead in the race for the No. 2 job opposite Steve Johnson. Jones is competing with Marcus Easley, T.J. Graham and Derek Hagan for the job. Jones ended 2011 on injured reserve with a hurt ankle. He finished the season with career highs in receptions (23) and yards (231). He also had one touchdown catch.
Analysis: It's nice to see that Jones is starting as of now, but he has a lot to prove before Fantasy owners can count on him. He is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
News: Buffalo WR Donald Jones (ankle) was moved to season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday. Jones sustained a high ankle sprain during the Bills' last game in Week 11 and had to be carted off the field. Buffalo promoted WR Kamar Aiken from its practice squad and signed WR Derek Hagan to the 53-man roster to help take Jones' place.
Analysis: Jones was hoping to return before the end of the season, but that possibility is over following Tuesday's move to injured reserve. His injury is the second ankle issue he has dealt with this season and will finish the season with career highs in receptions (23) and yards (231). He also had one touchdown catch. Fantasy owners should release him in all formats for the rest of the season.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones (high ankle sprain) has an outside chance of returning this season, coach Chan Gailey said Monday, but Jones will most likely miss the remainder of the year. Jones suffered his second high ankle sprain of the season in Sunday's loss to Miami and was in a great deal of pain as he was carted off the field.
Analysis: Jones starts opposite Steve Johnson when healthy, but staying healthy has been a huge problem for him this season. The reports are that Jones will miss at least three weeks, so dump him onto Fantasy waivers. He had low-end Fantasy appeal to begin with.
News: According to WGR-550 in Buffalo, Bills WR Donald Jones is expected to miss three to six weeks after sustaining a leg injury in Week 11 against Miami. Jones left in the second quarter with the serious injury and had to be carted off the field after being attended to by trainers for several minutes. He appeared to be in obvious pain and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Analysis: Jones, who dealt with a high ankle sprain earlier this season, finished without a catch after being targeted once by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. A week after turning in one of his finest outings of the season (six catches for 51 yards), Jones will now be sidelined for nearly the remainder of the year. Fantasy owners should monitor his health status going forward, but he is not worth owning in most formats if he the reports are accurate.
News: Buffalo WR Donald Jones left in the second quarter of Week 11 at Miami with an apparent serious leg injury. Jones was carted off the field after being attended to by trainers for several minutes as he writhed around in pain. He was ruled out for the remainder of the game. Jones, who dealt with a high ankle sprain earlier this season, finished without a catch after being targeted once by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Analysis: A week after turning in one of his finest outings of the season, Jones may have suffered a season-ending injury. The second-year wideout had a season-high six receptions for 51 yards in Week 10 against Dallas. Fantasy owners should monitor his health status going forward, but he was considered a low-end WR option in the majority of formats when healthy.
News: Buffalo WR Donald Jones will look to build on his team-leading performance from his last game during Week 11 against Miami. Jones registered a season-high six catches for 51 yards in the Bills' loss at Dallas last Sunday. It was the first time his topped 50 receiving yards since Week 3 against New England when he tallied a season-high 101 yards. Jones has not reached the end zone, however, since Buffalo's season opener.
Analysis: Jones could see a boost in targets from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick if starting WR Steve Johnson is limited by his shoulder injury. The 23-year-old has the ability to be a downfield threat for the Bills, but his lack of touchdowns holds him back in the offensive plans. The Dolphins are allowing an average of 23.6 Fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts this year. Consider Jones a possible bye-week replacement in deeper leagues for Week 11.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones was the team's leading receiver in a Week 10 loss at Dallas. Jones finished with 51 yards on six catches -- both team-highs. Jones was also targeted a team-high 10 times in the 44-7 loss.
Analysis: Jones became a targeted man Week 10 because the Cowboys focused on shutting down star receiver Steve Johnson, which they did with great success. Jones is a starting receiver for the Bills, but he is not a superstar. He will continue to have marginal Fantasy appeal heading into Week 11 at Miami.
News: Buffalo WR Donald Jones posted six yards on one reception during the Bills 27-11 loss to the Jets in Week 9. Jones returned to the lineup after missing two games with a high ankle sprain and finished with four targets from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Its the fifth time in six games hes recorded less than 30 yards.
Analysis: Jones represents Buffalos top vertical threat, but was shadowed most of Sundays game by standout DB Antonio Cromartie, which limited his production. Jones also hasnt scored since the season opener against Kansas City as the Bills continue to rely heavily on their running game fueled by Fred Jackson. Fantasy owners should view Jones as a low-end option in deeper formats for Week 10 at Dallas.
News: Buffalo WR Donald Jones returned to the lineup for Buffalo in Week 9 against the Jets. Jones, who was listed as probable on the team's injury report, has missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain.
Analysis: Jones is expected to return to the starting lineup after the Bills had used RB C.J. Spiller out wide. Jones has 16 receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown this season, but a large chunk of that production came on his 101-yard performance against New England in Week 3. Fantasy owners should consider Jones a low-end WR option only in deeper formats as he works back from the injury.
News: Buffalo WR Donald Jones is considered probable for Week 9 against the Jets after progressing quicker than expected from a high ankle sprain. Jones participated fully in practice on both Thursday and Friday. He has not played in a game since Oct. 9 against Philadelphia.
Analysis: Jones will likely rejoin the starting lineup for Sunday's game after the Bills have been utilizing RB C.J. Spiller as a wide receiver. Jones has 16 receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown this season, but a large chunk of that production came on his 101-yard performance against New England in Week 3. Fantasy owners should consider Jones a low-end WR option only in deeper formats as he works back from the injury.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones practice again Thursday as he makes his way back from a high ankle sprain. Jones is making better progress than originally expected leading up to Week 9 against the Jets. "He's looked a lot better, he really has," coach Chan Gailey said. "He's done everything in practice. I can tell he's not 100 percent, so we'll see, he may get to play Sunday."
Analysis: Jones has missed the last two games, but the Bills hold out hope he won't miss any more. Jones was starting before getting hurt and will likely return to the starting lineup once healthy. However, he didn't have a lot of big performances and his presence is far more important to Buffalo's cause. Jones has low-end Fantasy appeal when healthy.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury, returned to practice Wednesday as the team prepares for Week 9 vs. N.Y. Jets. "I'm real anxious to get back on the field," Jones said. "Being out for almost a month now it sucks to sit and watch. I feel good. Well see how I feel in the middle of practice. I ran routes full speed and cutting. I still feel something in there, but its nothing that will hinder me from doing anything."
Analysis: Coach Chan Gailey said earlier in the week that Jones has a real chance to play Week 9. Jones was starting before getting hurt and will likely return to the starting lineup once healthy. However, he didn't have a lot of big performances and his presence is far more important to Buffalo's cause. Jones has low-end Fantasy appeal when healthy.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones said Monday he is ready to return to practice after missing two games with a high-ankle sprain. The Bills play the Jets in Week 9. Ill definitely get the green light to practice Wednesday, Jones told the team's official website. Ill be limited, but were going to make a go of it. Ive been running routes and I ran again (Monday). I feel good. The trainers feel confident. I feel confident so well see how it goes on Wednesday.
Analysis: Coach Chan Gailey said Jones has a real chance to play Week 9. Jones was starting before getting hurt and will likely return to the starting lineup once healthy. However, he didn't have a lot of big performances and his presence is far more important to Buffalo's cause. Jones has low-end Fantasy appeal when healthy.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones has been ruled inactive Week 8 against the Redskins as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. He sat out Buffalo's previous game after suffering the injury in Week 5.
Analysis: Jones has caught 16 passes for 174 yards with a touchdown in five games this season but he will not be able to add to those stats on Sunday. He could be back for Week 9 against the Jets so keep an eye on his progress going forward. But given his current role with the Bills, consider Jones a low-end Fantasy WR when healthy.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones has been ruled out for Week 8 against the Redskins as he continues to recover from an ankle injury. He said out Buffalo's previous game after suffering the injury in Week 5.
Analysis: Jones has caught 16 passes for 174 yards with a touchdown in five games this season but he will not be able to add to those stats on Sunday. He could be back for Week 9 against the Jets so keep an eye on his progress going forward. But given his current role with the Bills, consider Jones a low-end Fantasy WR when healthy.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones did his most extensive work since suffering an ankle injury in Week 5. Jones is still on the sidelines, but is making progress. "I saw that," coach Chan Gailey said. "It looks like they're coming along well. Hopefully we'll get them back sooner than later." The original diagnosis is that Jones would miss four to six weeks.
Analysis: Jones probably won't be ready to return this Sunday, but could be back for Week 9 against the Jets. Jones starts for the Bills when healthy, but he has just one 100-yard game in 2011 and 174 yards in five outings. David Nelson has been filling in for Jones, so there may be some shuffling in the depth chart once Jones is 100 percent. But for now, Jones is best left on waivers in Fantasy.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after injuring his ankle in Week 5, is hopeful for a quick return. Jones was walking around the locker room Wednesday during the team's bye week without a boot or much of a limp, reports The Buffalo News. "Definitely hopeful it wont be six weeks," he said. "We dont think itll be six weeks at all. Im definitely a lot better. Things are moving a lot faster than expected. Im trying to get back as fast as possible but not rush it to where I get hurt again. The bye definitely helps out, gives it some extra time, some extra rehab time. Everybody else is going home but Ill be up here rehabbing."
Analysis: Jones starts for the Bills when healthy, but he has just one 100-yard game in 2011 and 174 yards in five outings. He has a long way to go to becoming a Fantasy relevant player. Leave him on waivers in most formats.
News: Bills coach Chan Gailey said on Monday that WR Donald Jones will miss at least a month with the ankle injury he suffered in Week 5 against Philadelphia. He has been diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain. Its the same as I thought afterward, its going to be a while, said Gailey. Its not season-ending, but itll be a while. Four to six (weeks), somewhere in there.
Analysis: Jones had been coming on as a good complementary receiver for the Bills, so the injury is a tough break. Jones should be cut in the few amount of leagues he's owned in as a result of this news.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones caught each of the first two passes thrown by Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday, but his second grab resulted in an injury. After catching a short pass on the right and running 7 yards, Jones limped off the field with an ankle injury that will force him out for "a while," according to head coach Chan Gailey. Naaman Roosevelt took his place.
Analysis: Jones had been coming on as a good complementary receiver for the Bills, so the injury is a tough break. Jones should be cut in the few amount of leagues he's owned in.
News: Fantasy owners should give Donald Jones a look if they're interested in a one-week replacement. He's taking on the Eagles in Week 5, a pass defense that has been solid against No. 1 receivers but shaky against others. They've allowed 10 passing touchdowns over their last three games. Jones himself has one score on the season but has been thrown at at least five times per game this season with 18 total in his last two.
Analysis: Jones is a risky choice to start in Fantasy, but as far as one-week replacements go, he's not bad. Consider him among your other options if you're thin at receiver in Week 5.
News: Buffalo WR Donald Jones had three receptions for 21 yards during the Bills' 23-20 loss to Cincinnati in Week 4 on Sunday. Jones, whose long catch went for just nine yards, was targeted a stellar eight times by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick but could not create a solid connection.
Analysis: Jones was coming off the first 100-yard outing of of his career, but could not duplicate the performance on Sunday as Buffalo struggled to find passing lanes. The second-year wideout now has 14 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown this season. He still isn't ready for an addition heading into the Bills' matchup in Week 4 against Philadelphia.
News: With a sterling performance in Week 3, Buffalo WR Donald Jones has quickly become a quality third receiving option for emerging Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. The second-year wideout collected five receptions for a team-high 101 yards -- the 16th-best receiving total in the NFL last week. Jones, who also amassed 10 targets from Fitzpatrick, will look to continue his momentum into Buffalo's Week 4 matchup against Cincinnati.
Analysis: With star WR Steve Johnson (groin) at less than 100 percent, the Bills looked in Jones' direction often and he finished with seven more yards than Johnson. "Donald has not made as many big plays yet but I think as time goes on he's going to be a bigger and bigger part of our offense," Buffalo coach Chan Gailey said. Fantasy owners should track Jones' progress against the Bengals, who have been tough on defense and are allowing 188.3 passing yards per game. If Jones has another big outing, he could make for a nice addition in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: WR Donald Jones ended up as the Bills' leading receiver in Week 3 against the Patriots. Although he didn't find the end zone, Jones ended up with a team-high 101 yards on five catches. He tied for a team-high 10 targets and his longest catch went 48 yards.
Analysis: Jones entered play Sunday with six catches for 27 yards and one touchdown in two games. In fact, he had most of his yards on one reception Week 3. The Bills did have to rally from a 21-0 deficit, so they ended up throwing the ball a lot. If this was a more balanced game, then Jones might not have seen as many targets. He is still a starter for Buffalo, but this could be a fluke game for him. For now, Jones still has low-end Fantasy appeal heading into Week 4 against the Bengals.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones failed to find the end zone in Week 2 against the Raiders as he had done in Week 1, but he did get several looks from QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. His six targets were third highest on the team, leading to four catches for 24 yards.
Analysis: Jones was not a useful option for Fantasy owners, but he does seem to have himself a niche behind Steve Johnson and David Nelson. He is worth tracking in deeper formats for his consistent role, but remains a player to avoid in Fantasy for now.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones contributed a 4-yard touchdown during the team's 41-7 rout of the Chiefs in Week 1. Jones' other catch went for minus-1 yard, so he finished with two catches for 3 yards. He was targeted five times in the game.
Analysis: Jones didn't have a great performance in Week 1, but he got a touchdown and was targeted often on offense, so QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is looking his way. Keep tabs on Jones' progress moving forward. For now, he is the starting lineup, so Jones can be considered a Fantasy reserve in deeper formats. However, only start him as a desperation option in Week 2, as Buffalo plays the Raiders.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones will start the year as the team's No. 2 WR, he confirmed Monday. The second-year pro is taking on the role formerly held by Lee Evans, who was traded to Baltimore in the preseason. Steve Johnson is the team's unquestioned No. 1 WR, but the new No. 2 knows the opportunity at hand. "It's hard enough to get here and it's harder to keep it, so I've got a lot of work ahead of me," Jones said.
Analysis: Jones worked his way up from Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College to Youngstown State and entered the NFL last year as an undrafted free agent. He plans on keeping the job, but Fantasy owners should keep an eye on the situation as the season progresses. Even with the promotion, Jones is not expected to make a big Fantasy impact in 2011 -- so leave him on waivers. Keep an eye on his numbers though, just in case.
News: Bills WR Roscoe Parrish (hamstring) and WR Donald Jones (concussion) will likely not play in Thursday's preseason game, according to coach Chan Gailey. Both practiced Tuesday and are expected to be fine in time for the regular season opener.
Analysis: Jones was making a lot of progress before getting hurt in a preseason game against the Broncos. However, it's good to hear that he is back practicing and on track for Week 1. Jones could eventually line up opposite Steve Johnson now that Lee Evans is with Baltimore. It's probably best to leave Jones on waivers until he has a breakout performance during the regular season.
News: Bills coach Chan Gailey announced Monday that receiver Donald Jones and rookie running back Johnny White are expected to miss the remainder of the preseason with head injuries after both players were hurt against Denver. Jones was shaken up while attempting to make a catch up the sideline, when safety Rahim Moore led with his right shoulder in hitting the receiver's helmet. Moore was penalized 15 yards for the hit. "It wasn't pretty," Jones said, noting he only watched a replay of the hit earlier in the day. "It's football. Whether he thought it was legal or illegal, it is what it is. We play them again in December. So, we'll see."
Analysis: Jones said he feels fine, adding he's not suffering from any post-concussion symptoms. Unfortunately, this is bad timing since Jones was having a good camp and looking as though he could replace Lee Evans, who was traded to Baltimore, in the starting lineup opposite Steve Johnson. Don't draft him in the majority of leagues, but he could be someone to add off the waiver wire if he starts out the season playing well.
News: Buffalo WR Donald Jones was nearly knocked unconscious on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Denver rookie FS Rahim Moore during Saturday's preseason game. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's threw a floater down the sideline, which allowed Moore, who was called for a personal foul, to arrive for the blow. Jones walked to the locker room under his own power. He finished with three targets from Fitzpatrick but no receptions.
Analysis: With WR Lee Evans shipped to Baltimore, Jones has been contending for the starting job opposite star WR Steve Johnson during the preseason. The Youngstown State product registered 18 receptions for 213 yards and a touchdown for the Bills last season. He's has drawn the praise of Johnson during training camp, but Fantasy owners should not consider using a pick in upcoming drafts on Jones without a starting position.
News: Bills WR Steve Johnson said in an interview with CBSSports.com that he likes what he sees from Donald Jones as the potential starter opposite him now that Lee Evans is in Baltimore. Jones is competing with David Nelson, Roscoe Parrish and Marcus Easley for the starting spot, but Johnson singled out Jones when asked who has played well. "Everybody is looking good," Johnson said. "Everybody is hungry."
Analysis: Jones has work to do to prove he can be a viable Fantasy option in the majority of leagues. Even if he starts, he still has minimal Fantasy value on Draft Day. Don't draft him in the majority of leagues, but he could be someone to add off the waiver wire if he starts out the season playing well.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones started opposite Steve Johnson for the preseason opener against Chicago. Jones has had a solid camp, and he could see an increased role with Lee Evans being traded to Baltimore. When given his most extensive opportunity on offense last season as a rookie against Cincinnati he delivered with five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. David Nelson lined up in the slot against the Bears with Roscoe Parrish (hamstring) out injured. Parrish missed two practices earlier in the week with the same injury, then re-aggravated it Wednesday night. Jones, however, did not have a catch against the Bears and neither did Nelson.
Analysis: Jones is trying to earn a permanent spot in the starting lineup with Lee Evans now gone. Keep an eye on how he does, but he could be worth a late-round flier in deep Fantasy leagues if he is the starter come Week 1.
News: The Buffalo News reports that the competition for playing time is motivating Bills WR Donald Jones this offseason. Jones has been working with a track coach the past month to boost his speed in a bid to build on what was a surprisingly good rookie season in 2010. "I definitely feel like that the biggest jump you make is from that first to the second year in the league," Jones said. "So I want to be well prepared going into camp, especially since we didn't have any OTAs (spring practices)." Jones, undrafted out of Youngstown State, beat the odds by making the 53-man roster. He won a job as a special-teams regular from Day 1 of the regular season and played well all year on the kicking units. Then he was pressed into duty as a third or fourth receiver the second half of the season after Roscoe Parrish went down with a broken wrist. Jones made five starts, caught 18 passes and also impressed coaches with his blocking ability. "I felt great with the amount of playing time that I got," he said. "I started the season on special teams. And getting to start the last half of the season was great for me. I felt like I did a good job and I hope the coaches feel the same way. It gave me a lot of confidence going into this year."
Analysis: The battle for snaps at receiver will be more intense this season. Parrish, who had 33 catches in eight games, is back as a slot receiver behind starters Lee Evans and Steve Johnson. Undrafted rookie David Nelson caught 31 passes and will enter training camp as No. 4 at the position. Marcus Easley, a fourth-round pick, is back from an injury that wiped out his entire rookie year. Buffalo's Naaman Roosevelt saw action the last six games and caught nine passes. Even if Jones ends up as the No. 5 WR in Buffalo he has minimal Fantasy value. Ignore him in all leagues on Draft Day.
News: Bills WRs David Nelson and Donald Jones have been ruled out for the team's season finale at the Jets in Week 17. Nelson hurt his ribs in Week 16 and Jones is dealing with a head injury.
Analysis: Neither receiver should be on standard-league Fantasy rosters at this time. Keep them far from lineups in Week 17.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones was targeted a game-high 12 times in a Week 16 loss to New England, but could only haul in five catches for 54 yards.
Analysis: This was Jones' second-best game of the season after his 70-yard effort against the Bengals a month ago, and it came during a contest in which he took a blow to the head and was a little woozy. Jones might have a bright future in the game, but he's too young and raw to own in keeper play just yet. Don't start him in Week 17 vs. the Jets.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones caught a 29-yard pass in a Week 15 win at Miami.
Analysis: Jones is one of the crop of promising young rookie receivers in Buffalo, any one of whom could turn into a viable Fantasy option down the road. For now though, Jones and the rest of the first-year guys remains a non-factor in Fantasy play heading into Week 16 vs. New England.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones caught two passes for 17 yards in a Week 12 overtime loss vs. Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Jones broke out in Week 11 with 70 yards on five grabs, but he went back to mediocrity on Sunday, even though Buffalo couldn't do much on the ground. Continue to ignore Jones in Fantasy play heading into Week 13 at Minnesota.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones had his "Welcome to the NFL" game in Week 11 against the Bengals. The rookie from Youngstown State totaled a career-high five catches for 70 yards. He even recorded his first career touchdown on a 28-yard reception in the second quarter. Jones, who was targeted five times, had all of two catches for 28 yards coming into Week 11.
Analysis: With Roscoe Parrish and Marcus Easley on injured reserve, the Bills need a third receiver behind Steve Johnson and Lee Evans. It seems they might have found that guy in Jones. But before you get all excited, Jones has a better chance of putting up a dud performance in Week 12 against the Steelers than another solid outing. Leave him on waivers in Fantasy until Jones starts posting reliable Fantasy numbers.
News: Bills rookie WR Donald Jones, who made his first career catch last week, hauled in another -- a 20-yarder -- Week 10 against the Lions. He was targeted four times in the contest.
Analysis: Jones figures to get more looks with Roscoe Parrish out for the season with a broken wrist, but he's still just the third wide receiver. His production will be too inconsistent for most Fantasy formats. You can leave him on waivers for Week 11 at Cincinnati.
News: Bills WR Donald Jones has excelled on special teams this season but will now get an opportunity on offense due to Roscoe Parrish's season-ending wrist injury. "He's got a chance to do a good job," coach Chan Gailey said Monday. "He's done well in practice. He did some good things in preseason." Jones has one catch for 8 yards this season.
Analysis: Parrish was having a career year playing alongside Lee Evans and Steve Johnson so Jones will have every opportunity to succeed in Buffalo. The rookie has not done much so far this season but Fantasy owners should see how he does against the Lions in Week 10 as he could be an attractive addition of waivers in deeper leagues.
News: The Buffalo Bills have signed undrafted free agent wide receiver Donald Jones. Jones' 77 receptions last season set a Youngstown State single-season record.
Analysis: We doubt that Jones will post relevant stats this season. Keep him off of rosters.