Bills trade Zay Jones to the Raiders

The Bills receive a fifth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft

Joe DiBiase
October 08, 2019 - 4:22 pm

Photo: Vincent Carchietta - USA TODAY Sports

Just under 24 hours after ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported a trade between the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders regarding wide receiver Zay Jones, the Bills officially traded the third-year wideout on Tuesday for a 2021 fifth round pick.

Jones ends his career with the Bills with just 90 catches on 194 targets for 1,037 yards and nine touchdowns in 36 games.

The 24-year-old's career-year was last year, where he brought in 52 receptions for 652 yards and seven touchdowns. That led the Bills in almost all receiving categories, but was dead last in the league statistically among receivers that had over 100 targets.

Jones had problems with drops and making tough catches from the time he was drafted by the Bills in the second round (37th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft.

This season did not get off to a good start for Jones with just seven catches for 69 yards. In Buffalo's Week 4 matchup against the New England Patriots, Jones was targeted eight times, but only came up with two catches for four yards. However, he was criticized for his lack of effort on two targets to him that were intercepted by the Patriots. He had another pass later in the game that was thrown to him on a 4th-and-goal that went through his hands and ended up falling incomplete in the endzone.

This past week against the Tennessee Titans, Jones was only given one offensive snap in the game after wide receiver Duke Williams was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad. Williams went on to reel in four catches for 29 yards, and also caught the game-winning touchdown to put the Bills ahead 14-7 in the fourth quarter.

The Bills have signed running back Senorise Perry to the active 53-man roster after he was released with an injury settlement just before the season on September 4.

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